Happy N95 Day!

From the CDC:

Welcome to year two of this NIOSH-approved observance, marking N95 day
as an official annual event. (We debated about decorating our offices
with N95s – but that seemed a tad wasteful). To those who missed the
memo last year, let us update you. Because N95 respirators are so
important to the health and safety of workers in so many different
industries, and because there is more to know about this personal
protective device than just when to slap one on, we have dedicated a day
to the promotion, celebration, dissemination, and proclamation of N95

Read the full article at the CDC – NIOSH Science Blog

New NIOSH Smart Phone App Addresses Ladder Safety

From the CDC-NIOSH:

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
announces the availability of a new Ladder Safety smart phone
application (app). This new app uses visual and audio signals to make it
easier for workers using extension ladders to check the angle the
ladder is positioned at, as well as access useful tips for using
extension ladders safely. 

The whole article on this cool new app …

NIOSH, OSHA, and CPWR Announce Re-launch of the Construction Fall Prevention Campaign

From the CDC:

On April 28th, the National Institute for Occupational Safety
and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA), and CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training
announced the re-launch of the construction fall prevention campaign,
the national initiative to prevent falls at construction sites. Falls
continue to be the leading cause of work-related injury and deaths in

Read the article on the construction fall prevention campaign here.

Sunday is Workers Memorial Day!

From the CDC:

“On Workers Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who suffered
work-related injury, illness, and death, and we rededicate ourselves to
the mission of preventing future tragedies. Earning a day’s pay should
not place anyone at risk of losing life or livelihood.”

Read the full story on Workers Memorial Day.

Workplace Health Is Public Health

National Public Health Week. 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. If you were asked to
make the case for or provide examples of the importance of workplace
safety and health in the broader context of public health, what would
you say? We would like to hear how you explain to your colleagues,
friends, and family that workplace safety and health IS public health.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

– Many of us spend a significant portion of our lives at work. In 2011,
65 percent of the population worked full time and year round.

Many hazards or exposures that concern the general population are seen
first and in much higher concentrations in the workplace.

For example:
Hazards related to butter flavoring chemical mixtures, including
diacetyl, that have been associated with severe obstructive work-related
lung disease popularly know as “popcorn lung” were first identified in
the workplace.

Health implications related to nanomaterials are
being researched in the workplace. This research will help make these
innovative materials safer for the workers who produce and use them and
in turn safer for the general public.

Overexposure to lead
remains a leading cause of workplace illness. Workers can also expose
their families unintentionally if they track lead home on their skin,
clothing, or equipment.

Increasingly, health professionals,
employers, and workers see the interactive value of combining workplace
health protection with workplace-based health promotion—what we call
Total Worker Health™.

Based on medical costs and productivity
losses, in 2007, the cost of work-related fatalities and nonfatal
injuries and illnesses was estimated at approximately $263 billion in
2010 dollars. This amount exceeds the individual cost of cancer,
coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Everyone deserves a healthy and safe workplace:

In 2011, 4,609 U.S. workers died from work-related injuries.iv
Employers reported approximately 3 million injuries and illnesses to
workers in private industry and 820,900 in state and local government in
2011.v In the same year, approximately 2.9 million workers were treated
in emergency departments and 110,000 were hospitalized (CDC,
unpublished data, 2013).

Fatal occupational illnesses are not
tracked comprehensively by national surveillance systems so the total
must be estimated. In 2007 there were an estimated 53,445 deaths from
occupational illness.

It’s Flu Season–Be Prepared!

It’s flu season–here’s some important info on the transmission of the influenza virus and ways to protect yourself!

Via the CDC:

“As we enter another influenza season, one question continues to vex
medical and public health professionals: How do you stop people from
catching the flu? The best way to prevent the flu is by getting an
influenza vaccine every year. “

Continue reading about flu transmission and protection.

October is Protecting Your Hearing Month

Even Nick Knows:

Meet Nick.  Nick is a training mannequin who helps NIOSH teach young
people and their families about preventing noise-induced hearing loss. 
Hearing loss can result from working around noise–even non-powered hand
tools–without wearing proper hearing protection. 

Read about Protecting Your Hearing Month from the CDC – NIOSH Science blog.

Protecting Emergency Responders

From the CDC:

When disaster strikes, the nation depends on emergency response workers
who are prepared and trained to respond effectively. This need is
particularly clear as we observe the anniversary of the attacks of
September 11, 2001, and honor the responders who performed heroic
service during that somber time. 

Read more on the Protecting First Responders.

Happy N95 Day!

From the CDC – NIOSH Science Blog:

What? You didn’t know it was N95 day? Don’t worry! Exchanging gifts is
not a required practice. N95 Day is a time to recognize the importance
of respiratory protection in the workplace and familiarize yourself with
the resources out there to help you make educated decisions when
selecting and wearing a respirator.

Read the full N95 Day article.

Safer and Healthier at Any Age: Strategies for an Aging Workforce

From the CDC and NISOH Science Blog:
Profound changes continue to unfold in the American workforce as Baby
Boomers—Americans born between 1945 and 1964—swell the ranks of our
workplaces. This has led many employers to fear the possibilities of
negative impacts associated with this demographic trend.  

 Read the full NIOSH Science Blog story here.