Environmental and Occupational Health

BLS: Fewer workplace injuries in 2013

Nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses continued their decline in 2013, with slightly more than three million reported by private industry throughout the year – or 3.3 cases per 100 full-time workers.


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New NIOSH training reduces fatigue risks for emergency responders

Emergency workers who have to work long hours at disaster sites can learn how to reduce risks associated with fatigue in a new online NIOSH interim training program.


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Collecting data on worker hearing loss: Epidemiology in action

Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions in the United States. Among older adults, it is third after high blood pressure and arthritis. Nearly 1 in 4 cases of hearing loss among workers is caused by exposures on the job.


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Nebraska companies using hazmat get attention from OSHA

Funeral homes, chemical and product manufacturing plants, printing facilities and outpatient care centers in Nebraska will get programmed health inspections by OSHA as part of a local emphasis program intended to educate employers and workers about highly hazardous chemicals, including formaldehyde and methylene chloride.


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OSHA publishes new fact sheet on protecting workers who may be exposed to Ebola virus

OSHA has released a new factsheet, based on existing guidance from OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help employers select appropriate personal protective equipment for workers who may be exposed to the Ebola virus.


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Protect workers against radiation-related health hazards

Ionizing radiation is addressed in specific OSHA standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, and the construction industry.


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Bill to improve black lung benefits process introduced in Congress

Democrat from Pa. seeks to address “resource disparities” between coal companies, claimants

Congressional Democrats have introduced a measure designed to streamline the process for miners filing benefits claims under the Black Lung Benefits Act – and to help miners overcome the “resource disparities” between themselves and the coal companies who use legal maneuvering to block the miners’ claims.


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Oil industry associations developing oil spill best practice guides

Documents cover training, health and safety, incident management

The IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, in partnership with the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP), has completed seven of the 24 Good Practice Guides that are being rewritten or newly created as part of the update of the IPIECA oil spill preparedness and response report series.


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Thanksgiving ergonomics: Reducing material handling injuries with engineering controls

If you haven’t purchased your 20 pound Thanksgiving turkey or your 10 pound bag of potatoes rest assured employees at your local grocery stores are busy restocking the shelves each day with your favorite Thanksgiving foods.


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Scientists determine how the environment contributes to disease

NIH researchers find link to cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s

Using a new imaging technique, National Institutes of Health researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures.


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Why Flame Resistant Workwear? Understanding Workplace Hazards and OSHA Compliance

By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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