Weekly News Round-UpPSM in the oil and gas industry, the legacy of a mine disaster and three decades of hearing loss data were among the top occupational safety and health stories posted on ISHN.com this week.

Deaths involving heroin have almost tripled since 2010

From 2000 through 2013, the age-adjusted rate for drug-poisoning deaths involving heroin nearly quadrupled from 0.7 deaths per 100,000 in 2000 to 2.7 deaths per 100,000 in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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NIOSH study spans 30+ years of hearing loss trends

A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) examines thirty years of hearing loss trends experienced by workers exposed to noise while on the job, across various industries. The study, published by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, found that while progress has been made in reducing the risk of hearing loss within most industry sectors, additional efforts are needed within the Mining, Construction, and Healthcare and Social Assistance sectors.

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Historic coal mine safety law turns 45

In 1968, a powerful explosion rocked an underground West Virginia coal mine, killing 78 miners. While the disaster's cause remains uncertain, the Farmington mine disaster was a flashpoint for reform after years of mining fatalities and injuries and a growing awareness of black lung disease.

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NTSB: One accident investigation led to another

As its investigation of the smoke and electrical arcing accident in a tunnel near the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station on January 12 continues, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is looking at another smoke and electrical arcing event that occurred in February.

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NIOSH chief to speak at AIHA’s first annual Mark of Excellence Awards

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) has announced that John Howard, MD, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), will speak at the first annual Mark of Excellence Awards Breakfast at the 2015 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Public health

Multidrug-resistant Shigellosis spreading in the U.S.

International travelers are bringing a multidrug-resistant intestinal illness to the United States and spreading it to others who have not traveled, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Wood pellet manufacturer ignores serious safety hazards and fines

For the fifth time in the past three years, OSHA inspectors found workers at Wood Fibers Inc. at risk of amputation, fire and other life-threatening hazards in October 2014. Despite the agency’s intervention, the company has failed to provide proof that hazards had been fixed or pay penalties from previous inspections.

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Cal Ripken, Jr. to bring safety message to ISHNtv

Baseball legend stars in “Ripken Safety Tip of the Month”

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. may be retired from baseball, but he’s staying active – and his activities include an occupational safety video series for ISHNtv.

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