Environmental and Occupational Health

Where did all the industrial hygienists go?

Terminology changes with profession
May 17, 2013

AIHA calls its members “occupational and environmental health and safety professionals.” That about covers it all. The organization says “members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day.” Note the inclusion of safety.


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Chromium gets its own OSHA web page

Exposure to substance can cause range of health problems
May 16, 2013

Employers and workers who need information about the health risks of chromium can find numerous resources on a new page on OSHA’s website that’s dedicated to the topic. The Chromium Safety and Health Topics Page provides details about the health risks of various forms of chromium.


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Lower limits lead to conservative sensor settings

May 10, 2013
Recently lowered exposure limit guidelines for H2S, SO2 and NO2 have forced many instrument users to revisit where to set the alarms in their atmospheric monitors.


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NIOSH black lung screening program gets own Facebook page

Social media lets miners learn when mobile unit will be in their area
May 9, 2013

The NIOSH Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) has launched its new Facebook page. NIOSH uses the page to keep coal miners apprised of when and where its Mobile Occupational Safety and Health Unit will be in various areas to conduct health screenings.


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Assess your welding fume exposures

Manganese voluntary threshold limits have been lowered
May 9, 2013
February 1st, 2013 the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®) announced a revision to its good practice recommended Threshold Limit Value (TLV®) for manganese.(


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European countries establish nano registries

Belgium, France & Denmark calling for mandatory reporting
May 7, 2013

In an effort to improve nanotechnology safety, several European countries are establishing registries to keep track of nanomaterials and the products containing them. “The idea behind such registries is to help authorities gain access to information that so far cannot be obtained in the current legislative framework,” according to the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).


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Top 10 global occupational safety and health trends in 2013

May 1, 2013
Actually, we have a pretty good idea what the 8 (or ten) top global trends and issues are in EHS. The issues are addressed in several chapters in a recent book (30+ authors): “Global Occupational Health” (Oxford University Press, 2011).


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UN report: Work-related diseases kill more people than work-related accidents

In addition to death toll, financial cost is enormous
April 30, 2013

A new report from the United Nations calls for “urgent and vigorous” action to address the issue of work-related diseases, which kill approximately two million people around the world each year. About 160 million more are afflicted by non-fatal occupational illnesses.


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Workplace health IS public health

A NIOSH Science Blog post
April 19, 2013

Those of us who work in workplace safety and health know that workplace health is an integral part of public health. While “Creating a Healthy Workplace” is one of the five themes of National Public Health Week, the role of workplace health in Public Health is not always clear to the general public.


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Global focus April 28 will be on occupational disease prevention

“World Day for Safety and Health at Work”
April 18, 2013

In addition Workers Memorial Day in many countries and Workers’ Day of Mourning in Canada, April 28th has also been designated World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The focus this year is on the prevention of occupational diseases.


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