This last full week of September is National Employ Older Workers Week. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the week “recognizes the vital role of older workers in the workforce … and aims to increase awareness of this labor segment and develop innovative strategies to tap it.”
With cleanup from the historic flooding in Louisiana likely to go on for some time, occupational safety and health agencies are warning about the hazards that workers and volunteers will face during cleanup activities.
Falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury mortality nationwide, and 43% of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder.
Among workers, approximately 20% of fall injuries involve ladders. Among construction workers, an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments (EDs) involve a ladder.
An industrious college student recently made the news for straightening his own teeth with braces that he made on his school’s three-dimensional (3D) printer. From braces, hearing aids, and prosthetics, to military equipment, the list of products that 3D printers can make relatively easily and cheaply continues to expand.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michael has tasked the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) with exploring how OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) might encourage more professionals to enter the occupational safety and health field.
The White House has designated this week as Extreme Heat Week. For federal agencies, it’s a time to double down on community preparedness for extreme heat events, with the help of community planners and public health officials.
A roundtable discussion Monday morning at the AIHce tackles the subject, “Big Legal and Business Issues in the Small World of Nanotechnology.” Also Monday morning, the Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award Lecture focuses on “The Challenge of Setting Occupational Exposure Limits for Engineered Nanomaterials.”
On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released a new assessment of the growing public health threat of climate change. The report, “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment,” identified the many ways in which climate change is already threatening the health of all Americans and the significant public health challenges it is expected to create.
At least four million workers go to work each day in damaging noise environments, ten million people in the U.S. have a noise-related hearing loss, and 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).