Risk of unexplained symptoms higher than in Iraq/Afghanistan vets
July 26, 2016
Veterans of the Gulf War are more than twice as likely to have medically unexplained symptoms known as "multisymptom illness" (MSI), compared to Iraq/Afghanistan War veterans, according to an updated research review in the July Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
The EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice have announced a $425 million settlement with subsidiaries of Tesoro Corp., and Par Hawaii Refining that resolves alleged Clean Air Act violations and protects public health by reducing air pollution at six refineries.
Federal safety and health investigators found Altamont Ambulance Service Inc. failed to follow specific guidelines to protect emergency healthcare workers from exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other hazards while providing patient care.
In a report released on corrosion inside diesel fuel underground storage tanks (USTs), the EPA found moderate or severe corrosion that could affect metal components inside both steel and fiberglass underground tank systems.
According to the International Labour Organization, globally, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational injury or work-related diseases every day – more than 2.3 million deaths per year. This has a tremendous impact on the global community- individuals, families, and employers.
Excessive heat warnings have been issued for portions of 21 states, with temperatures expected to reach 115 degrees in some places. Thermometers in Pierre, South Dakota registered 105 degrees on Wednesday afternoon.
I’m not sure about you, but when I don’t sleep well, I can be pretty miserable. I’m not much fun to be around and I don’t work well – I can’t sustain my focus. We already know that sleep deprivation among workers is a billion-dollar problem across the globe. But how about the absence of sleep quality for your leaders – what impact does it have on subordinates?
S.D. Allen Iske Jr., PhD, CIH, CSP, will receive award at the AIHA Fall Conference
July 18, 2016
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has announced that S.D. Allen Iske Jr., PhD, CIH, CSP will receive this year's Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award. The honor is presented annually to an individual who has recognized the needs of the industrial hygiene profession and contributed to the improvement of the public's welfare.
As I write this first President’s Message, I find myself reflecting on who we are and what we contribute as safety professionals. I have heard many OSH professionals say that what we do is not a job, it is a noble calling. As safety professionals, we take immense pride in knowing that our work’s primary purpose is to prevent people from being injured or made sick from their work.