Environmental and Occupational Health

Greater access to AEDs could save up to 100,000 lives annually

By Greg Slusser
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While it may not seem so on the surface, the Food and Drug Administration’s action to tighten regulations on AEDs was an affirmation of the important role these devices play in reducing the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest, the number-one killer of Americans


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New personal air pollution sensor wins $100K award

NIH, ONC, and EPA name winner of health and technology challenge
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You’ll soon be able to calculate how much particulate matter you’re inhaling with the Conscious Clothing system, a wearable breathing analysis tool that uses groove strips, stretchy, conductive strips of knitted silver material wrapped around the ribcage, to measure breath volume, and collects and transmits data in real time, via Bluetooth, to any Bluetooth-capable device.


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Final rule for workplace wellness programs published

Access, incentives, alternatives
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Final rules related to employment-based wellness programs have been published, representing the last step in implementing the Affordable Care Act. Assistant Secretary of Labor Phyllis C. Borzi answered three frequently-asked questions about the rules:


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Southern workers stand down for heat safety

Heat stroke kills 30 workers a year in U.S.
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Construction workers in Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee learned about the dangers of working in summer heat at a one-hour safety stand-down today conducted by OSHA, employers and trade associations.


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“Health is a currency to invest in”

Modern workers face greater challenges
By Dave Johnson
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The third day of AIHce 2013 featured a General Session address by L. Casey Chosewood, MD, Senior Medical Officer for Total Worker Health™, NIOSH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Well-known safety activist stepping down

Joel Shufro retiring after 34 years at NYCOSH
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After 34 years as Executive Director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), safety activist Joel Shufro is retiring. Shufro has headed up the organization for most of its 31-year history, growing it into a membership encompassing approximately 200 local unions and 300 individuals.


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Yes, occupational safety and health investigative reporting still exists

“I began chasing down a long, long paper trail"
By Dave Johnson
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The13th Annual Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture for Outstanding EHS Investigative Reporting at AIHce was entitled, “Breaking the Silence: The Importance of Public Records for Worker Safety at Sensient Flavors,” presented by Tony Cook, an Indianapolis Star reporter who covered the investigation of the Sensient plant where federal health officials found a third of the plant’s roughly 100 production workers had experienced abnormally restrictive lung function.


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Meeting today’s occupational safety challenges a topic at AIHce

Industrial hygienists urged to educate managers
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Occupational exposures facing modern workers are more challenging than ever before – and require more from safety professionals.That point was made by L. Casey Chosewood, MD, of NIOSH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the third day General Session at AIHce 2013.


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Will OSHA ever take on job stress?

A "complicated" subject
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The short answer, according to agency chief Dr. David Michaels, who was asked the question in a Q&A session Tuesday morning, is NO.  Dr. Michaels was emphatic on that point. “We have too much on our plate now,” he said.


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Are you ready for Total Health?

By Dave Johnson
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Dr. L. Casey Chooswood, MD’s presentation at the Wednesday morning kick off session was an introduction to one of NIOSH’s prized projects, in line with NIOSH boss Dr. John Howard’s vision for the future, namely Total Worker Health™. What is it?


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