Environmental and Occupational Health

CDC chief on recent lab incidents: “These events should never have happened”

Press conference addresses concerns about CDC lab quality, safety
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TOM FRIEDEN: First, we had the potential exposure to anthrax at CDC’s laboratory. Second, earlier this week, we learned about an incident in CDC’s influenza laboratory. And third, we had the discovery of vials labeled as smallpox in a storage room on the NIH campus and CDC’s work to secure and to characterize these materials.


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CDC Director releases after-action report on recent anthrax incident

Outlines steps being taken to improve lab safety
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report that reviews the early June incident that involved the unintentional exposure of personnel to potentially viable anthrax at the CDC’s Roybal Campus. The report identifies factors found to have contributed to the incident; and highlights actions taken by the agency to address these factors and prevent future incidents.


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International societies form indoor environmental quality global alliance

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A newly formed alliance seeks to serve as a global source for information, guidance and knowledge on indoor environmental quality. A memorandum of understanding creating the Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance was signed Sunday, June 29, at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference in Seattle, Wash.


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NIOSH intros affiliate program for Total Worker Health iniative

NASA one of the first members
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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office for Total Worker Health (TWH)™ recently launched an Affiliate Program in order to increase the number of work environments that support the overall safety, health and well-being of workers. Inaugural members of the NIOSH TWH Affiliate Program include the University of Colorado, School of Public Health and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


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Evolution of workplace safety yields four steps for safe work environments

By TODD HOHN CSP
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 The evolution of safety precautions, regulations, and products continues. The impact of safety in the workplace has been great and will continue to improve through innovative products coupled with responsible procedures in the U.S. and globally. 


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The daily "bump test": Best practices for assessing portable gas meters

By Trish Luedtke and John Raimondi
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Workers cannot rely on their senses to alert them to hazards in the workplace.


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What PPE to use when cleaning out radioactive room at nuke site?

Workers at Hanford Site helped select equipment, develop training
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When workers enter the hazardous and historic McCluskey Room at the Hanford Site this summer, they will be safer due to their preparation and involvement in planning and training for the job.


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Global occupational health and safety standard on horizon to protect workers worldwide

By TODD HOHN CSP

The seeds have been planted and are being cultivated for the development of a global occupational health and safety standard. I am participating as a U.S. delegate and member of the U.S. leadership team on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop the new OH&S standard – ISO 45001.


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EPA releases final risk assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Agency begins process to address potential human health risks
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The EPA has released a final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE) that identifies health risks to workers in shops and dry cleaners that use the chemical as a degreaser or a stain removing agent. Consumers may also be exposed to TCE when using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives.


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Lead in kids’ blood linked with behavioral and emotional problems

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Emotional and behavioral problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The results were published online June 30 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.


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