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NIOSH Disaster Science Research Initiative to enhance responder safety and health

April 4, 2014

The traditional occupational safety and health programs of the twentieth century were designed, by and large, to prevent work-related injury, illness, and death in workplaces where hazards usually were recognizable and predictable. In the twenty-first century, scientists and decision-makers have had to develop additional skills and strategies to address another type of hazard: the risks that emergency responders face in the line of duty from unpredictable, uncontrolled conditions encountered in large-scale disasters.


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One third of skilled nursing patients harmed in treatment

A study by Medicare’s inspector general of skilled nursing facilities says nearly 22,000 patients were injured and more than 1,500 died in a single month — a higher rate of medical errors than hospitals
April 4, 2014

One-in-three patients in skilled nursing facilities suffered a medication error, infection or some other type of harm related to their treatment, according to a government report released today that underscores the widespread nature of the country’s patient harm problem.


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OSHA wants changes in Arizona’s fall protection standards

Agency hints at possible federal takeover
April 4, 2014

In a letter sent last month to the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health , OSHA said it does not believe that Arizona’s residential fall protection standards are at least as effective as federal OSHA standards.


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Vision problems in the U.S.

April 4, 2014

Prevalence of Adult Vision Impairment and Age-Related Eye Disease in the United States: Estimated Number of Cases by Vision Problem Age ≥ 40.


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Idaho makes battery against emergency nurses a felony

April 3, 2014

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for has signed into law a bill that makes it a felony to assault or batter emergency nurses. Violators could face up to three years in state prison if convicted.


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E-cigarettes not proving helpful for smoking cessation

April 3, 2014

Although electronic cigarettes are being aggressively promoted as tools that can help people quit smoking, scientific studies are not bearing that out. A report published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine noted that the effectivenss of e-cigarettes (or electronic nicotine delivery systems) in smoking cessation efforts has been “unconvincing” in studies conducted so far.


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Making a Splash: Three fishermen saved by personal flotation devices!

A NIOSH Science Blog post
April 3, 2014

On the night of June 26, 2010 the fishing vessel Paul Revere, a salmon setnet skiff, capsized while setting their gear in preparation for the start of fishing season. The skipper and her two crew members were thrown in the waters of Bristol Bay near South Naknek, AK.


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Safety tips & different welding techniques

April 3, 2014

Welding is the result of a combination of heat and pressure to melt materials joining them with a filler material. It can be performed in many ways using different energy sources gas flame, electric arc, laser, friction, ultrasound & electric beam. Arc welding is a basic welding process which requires a power supply, electrodes, welding rods, shielding gas, and proper safety equipment.


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NRCA testifies on OSHA’s proposed crystalline silica rule

April 2, 2014

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) provided testimony today on OSHA’s proposed rule to amend its existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The testimony was part of a three-week public hearing process being held by OSHA.


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Where you live doesn’t affect whether or not you get allergies – just which ones

Study counters notion of allergy-free zones in U.S.
April 2, 2014

In the largest, most comprehensive, nationwide study to examine the prevalence of allergies from early childhood to old age, scientists from the National Institutes of Health report that allergy prevalence is the same across different regions of the United States, except in children 5 years and younger.


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