Social media lets miners learn when mobile unit will be in their area
May 9, 2013
The NIOSH Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) has launched its new Facebook page. NIOSH uses the page to keep coal miners apprised of when and where its Mobile Occupational Safety and Health Unit will be in various areas to conduct health screenings.
Belgium, France & Denmark calling for mandatory reporting
May 7, 2013
In an effort to improve nanotechnology safety, several European countries are establishing registries to keep track of nanomaterials and the products containing them. “The idea behind such registries is to help authorities gain access to information that so far cannot be obtained in the current legislative framework,” according to the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).
Actually, we have a pretty good idea what the 8 (or ten) top global trends and issues are in EHS. The issues are addressed in several chapters in a recent book (30+ authors): “Global Occupational Health” (Oxford University Press, 2011).
In addition to death toll, financial cost is enormous
April 30, 2013
A new report from the United Nations calls for “urgent and vigorous” action to address the issue of work-related diseases, which kill approximately two million people around the world each year. About 160 million more are afflicted by non-fatal occupational illnesses.
Those of us who work in workplace safety and health know that workplace health is an integral part of public health. While “Creating a Healthy Workplace” is one of the five themes of National Public Health Week, the role of workplace health in Public Health is not always clear to the general public.
In addition Workers Memorial Day in many countries and Workers’ Day of Mourning in Canada, April 28th has also been designated World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The focus this year is on the prevention of occupational diseases.
Approximately eight million U.S. health care workers are year are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs used to treat patients. “It seems counter-intuitive that the health care industry, whose mission is the care of the sick, is itself a "high-hazard" industry for the workers it employs,” notes a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage on the subject.
In a week witnessing three major pipeline spills, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the entity supposed to be our first line of defense, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), is not up to the task.
A new study finds that 71 percent of Americans now consider the environment when making purchasing decisions. This is up from 66 percent in 2008. The Cone Communications study also found that a majority of Americans (71 percent) regularly read and follow instructions on how to use the “green” products they select, while 66 percent also indicated that they follow instructions on how to dispose of products properly.
Among the articles in the May 2020 issue of ISHN Magazine, we talk to some EHS experts on the state of the safety industry amid the pandemic, detail the benefits of a Respiratory Protection Program, look at how portable gas monitor technology has evolved, and much more.