Environmental and Occupational Health

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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OSHA's Michaels and NIOSH'S Howard on worker safety, health

Speeches at National COSH gathering highlight current concerns
December 17, 2013

Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA and Dr. John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), spoke recently at the 2013 National Worker Safety and Health Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Tired of hearing about dangers of sitting?

Here’s what to do about it
December 16, 2013

Sitting for long periods of time has emerged as a hot topic in occupational safety, and has been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease. In a finding disappointing to loyal exercisers, hitting the gym outside work hours does not seem to lessen those risks.


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Review calls for increased attention to cancer risk from silica

Action could help millions exposed to silica at work
December 13, 2013

A new review highlights new developments in understanding the health effects of silica, and calls for action to reduce illness and death from silica exposure at work, including stronger regulations, heightened awareness and prevention, and increased attention to early detection of silicosis and lung cancer using low dose CT scanning.


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Controlling exposures to workers who make or use nanomaterials

December 12, 2013

Engineered nanomaterials are materials that are intentionally produced and have at least one primary dimension less than 100 nanometers (nm). Nanomaterials have properties different from those of larger particles of the same material, making them unique and desirable for specific product applications. The consumer products market currently has more than 1,000 nanomaterial-containing products including makeup, sunscreen, food storage products, appliances, clothing, electronics, computers, sporting goods, and coatings [WWICS 2011].


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OSHA publishes new technical manual chapter on noise

AIHA, NIOSH contributed information
December 11, 2013

OSHA has published a new chapter that provides technical information and guidance to help Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) evaluate noise hazards in the workplace. The content is based on currently available research publications, OSHA standards, and consensus standards.


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