A workplace violence incident that took the form of fire, how work can give you a pain in the neck and secrets from the deep revealed in an audio tape. These were among the stories featured this week on ISHN.com this week.

Asbestos rears its ugly head again

During the past 15 years, substantial evidence has shown a strong link between Libby amphibole asbestos and higher risks of autoimmune diseases and disorders, the Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD) announced on Aug. 15.

NIOSH’s 5th annual N95 Day is September 6

Here are NIOSH’s top 5 reasons to tune into N95 Day this year: 1. Using social media for respiratory protection resources – it’s like a breath of fresh air If you’re all about respiratory protection, then it’s all about #N95Day on September 6th.

From NIOSH Research Rounds

Neck pain linked to psychosocial and organizational risks at work

In the United States, neck pain and other injuries to the upper arms and back are the underlying causes of approximately one-third of injury-related lost workdays in manufacturing. If you have ever experienced persistent neck pain, you know that it can affect every aspect of daily life.

ACGIH® announces 501(c)(3) nonprofit status

ACGIH® is proud to announce its new status as a 501(c)(3) charitable scientific organization. ACGIH® was formerly a 501(c)(6) organization. This new status allows ACGIH® to accept tax-deductible donations that will be used to continue the important work of its scientific Committees.

New guidance seeks to keep unsafe companies out of federal bidding process

Companies who repeatedly violate safety regulations should have a tougher time getting federal government contracts, under new guidance published by the U.S. Department of Labor.

CDC awards $6.8 million to partners to fight Zika

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $6.8 million to national public health partners to assist state, tribal, local, and territorial jurisdictions with their Zika responses in a wide range of activities, including surveillance and epidemiology, vector control, communication and outreach to pregnant women and vulnerable populations, and planning with key stakeholders.

AIHA invites OEHS experts to present at AIHce 2017

Are you a safety professional with important information about occupational and environmental safety and health (OEHS) you could share with your peers? A topic that would help them get up to date on trends, technology and best practices?

“Abandon ship”

Black box from sunken ship reveals crew’s last minutes

Ten minutes after the master of the cargo ship El Faro ordered his crew to abandon ship, the audio recording of the doomed ship’s final hours went silent.

A U.S. DOL Blog post

Truck driver job-related injuries in overdrive

Sean Smith  Patrick Harris

When you think of dangerous jobs, what comes to your mind? Police officers, firefighters and construction workers might top the list for most people. Tractor-trailer truck drivers probably don’t come to mind, but Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that driving a truck is risky in ways you might not expect.

Worker’s amputation goes unreported

A complaint about a partial thumb amputation brought federal inspectors to Liqui-Box Corporation of Ashland, Ohio, where they found violations of the agency’s machine safety standards.

From NIOSH Research Rounds

How to protect healthcare workers from hazardous drugs

Surface wipe sampling is an important component of a comprehensive drug-safety program to identify where skin exposure to hazardous drugs could occur in healthcare settings. All drugs carry risks, as well as benefits, as the patient warnings listed on the accompanying inserts indicate. One class of drugs with especially serious risks are anticancer drugs, which can be associated with organ damage, reproductive harm, hearing impairment, and cancer. 

Oil industry report: Pipelines are safe

A report released by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) shows that pipeline incidents have decreased, despite a sharp rise in the use of pipelines to deliver oil and gas industry products.

Getting ready for the new small drone rule

Some people call it a “government regulation.” The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) calls it “a new world of opportunities for drone operators.” Whatever the terminology, the new small drone rule for non-hobbyists goes into effect August 29, and the FAA says it wants to “make sure you have the information you’ll need to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Here's what your kids shouldn't be eating

(More than 25 grams of added sugar a day)

Children ages 2 to 18 should eat or drink less than six teaspoons of added sugars daily, according to the scientific statement recommending a specific limit on added sugars for children, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

ANSI unveils more detailed fall protection standard

In a product area that has evolved rapidly over the last decade, the ten-year-old standard guiding fall protection use was in need of an update. That assessment by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) led to the formation of a Z359 Committee, which developed new sub-standards that address fall restraint systems, work positioning systems, rope access systems, fall arrest systems and rescue systems.

After the flood…

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.

Robber threatens subway agent with fire

A New York City subway agent was the victim last week of a would-be robber who used arson to commit his crime – but technology saved the day.


From NIOSH Research Rounds

New rock-crusher booth protects against airborne pollutants

In the 1960s cartoon The Flintstones, Stone Age man Fred Flintstone worked in a quarry while sitting in the open booth of a rock-crusher machine. Presumably, the animators based Fred’s booth on the open designs typical of the 1960s. If they had created it in the 2000s, however, Fred’s booth would have looked vastly different, notwithstanding the fact that his booth was atop a brontosaurus.

NTSB releases “Safer Seas Digest 2015”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its annual compendium of marine accidents and the lessons learned from them.

A NIOSH Science Blog post

Cardiovascular health status by occupational group

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is responsible for 1 out of every 3 deaths in the United States, making it the leading cause of death. CVD illness and death accounts for an estimated $120 billion dollars of lost productivity in the workplace.