Environmental and Occupational Health

Off-the-job hand injury prevention

February 1, 2014

Most hand injuries can be prevented by adhering to simple, commonsense guidelines. When using a knife, never cut towards yourself. Protect your other hand by cutting away from your fingers to keep them out of harm’s way.

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Tablets and apps are changing how OSH pros do their jobs

January 31, 2014

The phrase “information at your fingertips” has never been truer than with today’s tablet technology.  The ability to access email and the Internet, as well as record audio and video from nearly any location has forever changed how we communicate and do our jobs.

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Gordon Hempton to receive National Hearing Conservation Association’s Media Award

January 31, 2014

Gordon Hempton, an acoustic ecologist with a passion for the pursuit of quiet places, will be presented with the National Hearing Conservation Association’s Media Award in Las Vegas, NV, in March, 2014.

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Explaining the inexplicable: OSHA's gift to the chemical industry

January 31, 2014
Things have gotten pretty bad in Washington, DC when OSHA adopts a new rule which makes its enforcement job harder and whose only beneficiary is the global chemical industry.

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CPWR research results:

Construction workers at nuke facilities exposed to beryllium

January 29, 2014

Some construction workers at nuclear weapons facilities operated by the Department of Energy show symptoms of a chronic lung disease caused by exposure to beryllium, despite the fact that their exposure levels were relatively low.

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Hand pain causes

January 29, 2014

Hand pain has many causes, including injury and disease. Fortunately, many of those causes can be treated and the symptoms eased. Here are some of the most common conditions that cause hand pain:

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OSHA extends comment period on proposed silica rule - again

Due to website glitch, deadline is now February 11
January 27, 2014

OSHA’s beleaguered proposal to reduce silica exposure levels for workers has encountered yet another delay, due to possible public confusion over an error on www.regulations.gov, the federal government's online portal for submitting rulemaking comments.

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Four indicators of toxic safety culture

January 27, 2014
When professionals get concerned about the safety culture in organizations there are a range of dispositions that indicate that things are not good.

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Highlights of OSHA’s web chat on its proposed silica rule, Part 3

"What impact will this rule have on small businesses?"
January 23, 2014

OSHA held a web chat last week on its proposed rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica that gave small businesses and other stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions about a proposal that OSHA predicts will prevent thousands of deaths from silicosis, lung cancer, and other diseases among the American workforce. Following are some of the exchanges that took place during the web chat:

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Using workers’ compensation records for safety and health research

A NIOSH Science Blog post
January 22, 2014

Workers’ compensation insurance has been established in all states to provide income protection, medical treatment, and rehabilita­tion for employees who are injured or become ill as a result of work. Workers’ compensation claims and medical treatment records along with other information resources have been used to conduct occupational safety and health research and surveillance and to identify intervention needs.

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