A 43-year-old high-school custodian started having breathing problems he associated with using a bathroom disinfectant and a floor stripper. When he was away from the chemicals for a few months, his breathing problems improved.
On the heels of Workers Memorial Day, Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) Executive Director Pete Stafford said; “Just as we owe a debt we can never repay to the men and women who died defending our nation and our freedom, we owe a similar debt to those who died while laboring to create the prosperity we enjoy as Americans.”
Today is International Workers’ Memorial Day, established to recognize workers who died or suffered from exposures to hazards at work. But it’s not only an occasion to look back at what’s already happened.
While milling asphalt pavement allows for materials to be recycled as roads are surfaced, cold-milling machines can generate airborne crystalline silica dust, putting road crews at risk of respiratory illness, according to Pete Stafford, Executive Director of the Center for Construction Research & Training (CPWR).
Even small steps can put an organization on path toward a safer and healthier workforce. The following package of Simple Steps to Get Started is intended to provide the basics for getting started on an organizational approach that integrates health protection and health promotion.
Before they join the U.S. workforce for the first time, or start a new job, all workers will have the basic skills they need to stay safe on the job and to contribute to a safe, healthy, and productive workplace. That is the mission of the Safe–Skilled–Ready Workforce Initiative of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
The purpose of this NIOSH research is to understand the multiple factors influencing occupational education and training effectiveness. NIOSH evaluates the audience impact of training programs and their components by investigating:
The current Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest in history and is unprecedented in many ways, including the large number of healthcare workers who have been infected while treating patients. The large scale of the epidemic, as well as the two healthcare workers who contracted Ebola while caring for the first case in the United States, has directed particular attention to the personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare workers to reduce their risk of infection.
Established in 1990, the Award for Outstanding Hearing Conservationist is awarded to a person whose work is exemplary in our field. It is the pleasure of the National Hearing Conservation Association to announce that this year’s award recipient is William (Bill) Murphy, Ph.D., for his outstanding research, programmatic influence, publications, and other contributions in the area of hearing loss prevention.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women get a lot of advice from just about everyone on just about everything– what to eat, medications to avoid, how much exercise they should do. When it comes to their jobs, though, the advice seems to dry up.