For the protection of frontline health care and emergency medical workers at high risk of infection, OSHA has issued a compliance directive (http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_02_02-075.pdf) to ensure uniform procedures when conducting inspections to identify and minimize or eliminate high to very high risk occupational exposures to the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, according to an agency press release.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano was joined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Dr. Anne Schuchat and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Acting Administrator Gale Rossides to promote holiday travel tips and highlight the simple steps travelers can take to prevent the spread of the flu, according to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security.
Every holiday season, millions of Americans travel through the nation’s airports, seaports, and train stations to spend time with loved ones. Special holiday get-togethers â€” and traveling itself â€” bring people close together but also provide an ideal way for illness to spread. To help travelers avoid the flu this holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today launched its largest ever public awareness campaign about staying healthy while traveling, according to a CDC press release.
Only about 1 in 4 Americans aged 50–64 regularly take advantage of preventive services such as screenings and immunizations, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with AARP and the American Medical Association (AMA), says a CDC press release.
EPA is accepting grant applications for a total of $3.4 million in funding for environmental education projects and programs. EPA expects to award approximately 100 grants ranging from $5,000 to $200,000 and will accept applications until December 15, 2009.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, EPA is proposing to strengthen the nation’s sulfur dioxide (SO2) air quality standard to protect public health. Power plants and other industrial facilities emit SO2 directly into the air. Exposure to SO2 can aggravate asthma, cause respiratory difficulties, and result in emergency room visits and hospitalization. People with asthma, children, and the elderly are especially vulnerable to SO2’s effects.
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced Wednesday, November 18 that the committee approved two key Obama administration nominees during the morning’s Executive Session. David Michaels of Maryland to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Pamela S. Hyde of New Mexico to be Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services were approved and now head to the full Senate for confirmation.
The American Public Health Association (APHA), in a press statement yesterday, applauded the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for approving Dr. David Michaels as the new administrator of OSHA and urged the full Senate to quickly confirm his nomination.
Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., executive director of Trust for America's Health (TFAH) testified before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health at their hearing entitled, “H1N1 Preparedness: An Update of Vaccine Production and Distribution.” According to a TFAH press release, Levi acknowledged the criticism associated with the current H1N1 vaccination program, but highlighted the progress authorities have made to efficiently distribute vaccine.