Environmental and Occupational Health

Use of respirators in healthcare settings

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One of the occupational hazards in the healthcare setting is the airborne transmission of certain infectious diseases.1 The potential of exposure is not limited to physicians, nurses, and support personnel in direct patient care. It extends to those delivering food, cleaning patient rooms, and performing maintenance.


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OSHA answers FAQs about respirator use

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Q: What is a respirator? A: A respirator is a protective facepiece, hood or helmet that is designed to protect the wearer against a variety of harmful airborne agents.


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What you should know about respirator change schedules

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Respirator cartridges don't last forever! A change schedule is the part of the written respirator program which says how often cartridges should be replaced and what information was relied upon to make this judgment. A cartridge's useful service life is how long it provides adequate protection from harmful chemicals in the air.


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Infection prevention for Ebola patients in U.S. hospitals

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Standard, contact, and droplet precautions are recommended for management of hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF), also referred to as Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) (See Table below).


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New NIOSH center to focus on exposure assessment devices

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies (NCDRST) which will serve as a home for NIOSH’s longstanding work in the area of exposure assessment devices—work that is done across the Institute.


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New resource helps OSH pros assess workplace posture

Ergo injuries cost U.S. businesses billions a year
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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the Canadian Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders, has released a new report that can help occupational health and safety practitioners more accurately and efficiently assess postural stress of workers performing their duties at work.


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CSB chief welcomes safe workplaces Executive Order

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Statement of Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety And Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.


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Controversial new coal dust reg goes into effect today

Mining industry says MSHA ignored its input
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New respirable dust regulations that are intended to reduce the incidence of black lung disease among miners take effect today, over the objections of the National Mining Association (NMA), which calls them “one-size-fits-all approach” that won’t deliver real worker protections.


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A FairWarning article:

Labor activist who chose to work within the system is outsider once more, and again crusading for job safety

By Jane Kay
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After decades of speaking out against workplace hazards in this country and abroad, Garrett Brown didn’t quietly fade away when he retired from his high-ranking state regulatory job in California. He came back to hound his former employer.


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Study links shift work to risk for Type 2 diabetes

Researchers cite many possible reasons for the effect, including hormonal changes
By Mary Elizabeth Dallas
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Shift workers, especially men, may be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes compared to people not on such schedules, a new study suggests. Also at special risk are shift workers who don't work on a set schedule, with shifts moving around at various times of the day.


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