Environmental and Occupational Health

ASSE, Cintas create Occupational Safety Management award

Nominees being sought
January 7, 2014

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Cintas Corporation are seeking nominations for the inaugural Innovation Award in Occupational Safety Management. The award will recognize individuals who have addressed workplace safety challenges in innovative ways.


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ISHM: Certified safety pros are in high demand. Are you certified?

January 7, 2014

Across the globe, countless safety managers have dedicated their careers to keeping workers and communities safe. For many of these professionals, getting certified in the safety management field can lead to new employment opportunities, career advancement, peer recognition and a long list of other benefits.


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Confined space hazards escalate quickly

January 2, 2014
Confined spaces can quickly become dangerous; unknown concentrations of toxic fumes or an oxygen deficient environment can prove deadly and should be avoided.


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5 gas detection myths you cannot live with

January 2, 2014
It is essential that oil and gas companies educate their fleets on the proper use of increasingly advanced gas detection technologies


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Four million workers go to work each day in damaging noise

January 2, 2014

NIOSH recommends that all worker exposures to noise should be controlled below a level equivalent to 85 dBA for eight hours to minimize occupational noise induced hearing loss.


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Occupational safety and health in the wind energy sector

January 1, 2014
The wind energy sector is growing quickly as a result of the EU 2020 Strategy objectives for climate and energy policy.


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Acoustical trauma – a particular risk for call center workers

December 30, 2013

Acoustic trauma, also known as acoustic shock, can occur when a person is subjected to an extremely loud noise or series of loud noises such as gun shots, explosions or shouting at very close proximity.


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Symptoms of industrial deafness

December 27, 2013

If you find that you are struggling to hear others speak or often need to turn up the volume on a TV or radio and you work in an environment where the noise level is frequently above the 80dB level, then you may be suffering from a case of industrial deafness. Industrial deafness is grouped into four main types temporary loss of hearing, permanent loss of hearing, acoustic trauma and tinnitus and the difficulty hearing can be a percentage of full hearing in one or both ears, or if suffering from tinnitus there will be the sensation of external noise when no external noise exists.


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Former ORC experts to open new health, safety and environment consulting firm January 1

December 20, 2013

The consultants and staff of Mercer HSE Networks (formerly of ORC Worldwide) are moving into the final phase of their transition to ORCHSE Strategies, LLC, effective January 1, 2014.


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Many 60-year-old employees healthier than their 30-something counterparts

U.K. study shows stress, lifestyle choices can make a difference
December 18, 2013

In a surprising finding, new research out of Great Britain shows that many employers in their 60s have a lower “relative vitality age” – and thus, lower health risks – than colleagues in their 30s. The Britain’s Healthiest Company Report* crunched numbers on nearly 10,000 people and concluded that the sexagenarians in the survey had lower health risks based on a “Vitality Age calculator” developed by PruHealth, a health insurer and wellness program provider.


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