Weekly News Round-UpNew technology that should help improve mine rescue efforts, the relationship between worker health and productivity and how employers must deal with changing law regarding marijuana use were among the top EHS-related stories posted on ISHN.com this week.

Oil industry operators, contractors get new health management tool

The IPIECA - the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) have produced new guidance to provide practical guidance for clients and contractors on the development and implementation of all contracts that include a health component as determined by the Risk Assessment.

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A NIOSH Science Blog post:

UPDATE: Reports of worker fatalities during manual tank gauging and sampling in the oil and gas extraction industry

On May 19th, 2014, NIOSH posted a Science blog titled “Reports of Worker Fatalities during Flowback Operations.” This blog post provided information that NIOSH received from several sources indicating that acute exposures to hydrocarbon gas and vapors likely played a role in the deaths of at least four workers in the oil and gas extraction industry.

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Employers get guidance on impact of marijuana in the workplace

Paper by health experts examines trends in consumption, legal implications for employers

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) have published guidance for employers aimed at helping them better understand the implications of marijuana use on the workforce as attitudes toward marijuana and laws restricting it continue to change.

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Ebola vaccine trial begins in Sierra Leone

6,000 health and other frontline workers will receive the vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Sierra Leone College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) and the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), is now enrolling and vaccinating volunteers for the Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine against Ebola (STRIVE).

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Safest electrical contractors recognized

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has announced the winners of its 2015 NECA Safety Award Program, which recognizes companies that excel in multiple areas of their safety and health programs.

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When health risks go down, worker productivity goes up

Study: Lasting health improvements lead to cumulative productivity gains

Changes in employee health risk factors have a significant impact on work productivity, reports a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

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Excellence in Welding: Call for nominations goes out

The American Welding Society (AWS) and WEMCO, an association of welding manufacturers, and a standing committee of AWS, have issued a call for nominations for the 2015 Excellence in Welding Awards. The awards, previously known as the Image of Welding Awards, recognize outstanding contributions to the welding industry.

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What you need to know about welding safety

Welding is the most common method of joining metals in industry today. When welded, two pieces of similar metals are fused (melted) together. Once completed, the welded joint is as strong or stronger than the pieces from which the joint is formed.

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Can you hear me now?

New communication system passes mine rescue test

"Can you hear me now?" The answer was a resounding "Yes" as mine rescue personnel deep underground were able to communicate with the surface command center as new technology was put to the test April 8 during a mine rescue simulation in West Finley, Pennsylvania at the Harvey Mine, owned by Consol Energy Inc.

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