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NIOSH chief reflects on Labor Day

By Dr. John Howard
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On Labor Day 2014, we reflect on the ways in which work sustains us as individuals, strengthens our families and communities, and enables our society to function smoothly and productively. We see this in our daily lives.


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“Every death, injury or illness on the job represents a human tragedy”: Workers Memorial Day, 2014

By Dr. John Howard

ISHN posted this commentary from Dr. Howard earlier in April. Given Dr. Howard’s long tenure at NIOSH and his visionary perspectives on worker health and safety, we want to “rebroadcast’ it as an ISHN blog.


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From the Director's desk

NIOSH Disaster Science Research Initiative to enhance responder safety and health

By Dr. John Howard
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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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Dr. Howard’s crystal ball — discerning workforce trends

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Excerpted from Dr. Howard's NIOSH blog: "What factors will influence the workforce and the world of work over the next several years?" The following influences seem likely:


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Bearing witness to the perfect storm

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October 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of the original Perfect Storm, the Halloween Nor’easter that ravaged New England in 1991.


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