Many coal miners who initially had a normal imaging test developed the most severe form of coal-dust—related lung disease within 21 years, and some within 10 years, according to a recent NIOSH study published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Have you experienced the distinctive “rotten egg” smell of a hazardous gas called hydrogen sulfide (H2S)? Occurring naturally from organic decay, for example, around sewage plants, H2S can be found in crude petroleum and natural gas — often in very high concentrations.
Congress angers public health advocates, elevators prove to be dangerous for NYC workers and Japanese visitors learn about U.S. fall protection from the people who use it. These were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, has released the final version of the IPIECA climate change reporting framework. Supplementary guidance for the oil and gas industry on voluntary sustainability reporting (2017) is now available.
Forecasters are calling for above-average temperatures across much of the country this summer. Are you prepared to beat the heat? Every year, thousands of workers become ill from working in the heat, and some even die. Construction workers make up about one-third of heat-related worker deaths, but outdoor workers in every industry – particularly agriculture, landscaping, transportation, and oil and gas operations − are at risk when temperatures go up.
Consumer electronic waste is a serious problem. Americans replace their cell phones every 22 months, leading to over 140 million cell phones in U.S. landfills annually. The components in those phones break down, allowing toxic substances to leach into the surrounding soil and water systems.
The EPA has awarded $174,814 to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to support a wide range of pesticide programs, including enforcement and outreach efforts. The department has authority from EPA to regulate pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act in Oklahoma.
This month I’m pleased to share with you that 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of occupational respiratory disease research at the NIOSH facility in Morgantown. In 1967 the Appalachian Laboratory for Occupational Respiratory Disease (ALFORD) was established within the U.S. Public Health Service, and in 1971 it became part of NIOSH.
Same-level slip and fall accidents were the primary source of workplace injuries in 2015, totaling nearly 200,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Despite this statistical evidence of the problem, a survey conducted by New Pig found that almost all (92 percent) companies surveyed place floor mats in their entranceways – but left many other risk zones uncovered.