Environmental and Occupational Health

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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Drugs used to treat patients can harm health care workers

Caring for sick is a "high-hazard" occupation
April 18, 2013

Approximately eight million U.S. health care workers are year are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs used to treat patients. “It seems counter-intuitive that the health care industry, whose mission is the care of the sick, is itself a "high-hazard" industry for the workers it employs,” notes a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage on the subject.


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Federal pipeline safety vacuum magnifies risks

April 18, 2013
In a week witnessing three major pipeline spills, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the entity supposed to be our first line of defense, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), is not up to the task.


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More U.S. consumers going green with buying choices

Survey finds confusion over terms
April 17, 2013

A new study finds that 71 percent of Americans now consider the environment when making purchasing decisions. This is up from 66 percent in 2008. The Cone Communications study also found that a majority of Americans (71 percent) regularly read and follow instructions on how to use the “green” products they select, while 66 percent also indicated that they follow instructions on how to dispose of products properly.


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White house approves radical radiation cleanup rollback

The radiation guides allow cleanup many times more lax than anything EPA has ever before accepted.
April 17, 2013
The White House has given final approval for dramatically raising permissible radioactive levels in drinking water and soil following “radiological incidents,” such as nuclear power-plant accidents and dirty bombs.


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Are “green jobs” safe?

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has set a number of challenging targets for reductions in carbon emissions and waste
April 16, 2013
With pressure to reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and the proportion of renewable energy, the EU is set for a rapid growth in the number of ‘green jobs’ – jobs which help to protect or restore the environment.


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Why – and how – to retain an aging workforce

Managing health problems can help companies keep experienced staffers
April 12, 2013

Providing accommodations to aging workers with disabilities, chronic health problems or reduced work capacity can help employers retain experienced staff who might otherwise leave the workforce prematurely, according to two briefs issued recently by the U.S. Department of Labor.


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Seven tips for making facilities more sustainable

April 11, 2013
Here are seven tips from Sustainability Dashboard Tools, LLC to help building/cleaning professionals in virtually all types of facilities not only become more sustainable


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