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.

House Votes to Halt All New Health, Environmental and Workplace Regulatory Actions

From EHS Today:
The Republican majority in the House of Representatives voted July 26 to
pass H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation

A Comprehensive Approach to Workforce Health

From the CDC, an excellent article:

The health of the U.S. workforce is an issue of importance to both workers and their employers. There is a wealth of evidence on occupational safety and health hazards that may potentially affect workers’ health. In addition to these hazards, personal characteristics and conditions, such as age, gender, genetics, or weight, can impact a person’s work and interact with workplace hazards.

 Thanks as always to NIOSH publications and CDC for important and timely info!

Exposure for Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure

Via the CDC:

A dedicated and hard-working nurse is going through a normal shift. Checking vital signs, updating medical records, administering medications, comforting patients, drawing blood samples, inserting IVs, and then OUCH! What just happened? Is that a red dot underneath the glove? This can’t be right…

From the NIOSH Science Blog.

Another Cintas Worker Dies In Incident Related to Industrial Dryer

Tragic. Via EHS Today:

A second Cintas employee in less than 5 years has been killed in an incident involving an industrial dryer. Kevin Burgess of Louisville, Ky., was killed Oct. 28 while servicing an industrial dryer at the company’s facility in the Louisville area. The local coroner has ruled that Burgess died of blunt force trauma.

Read the EHS Today Article here.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

In honor of Breast Cancer awareness month, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation calling for solidarity in the fight to eradicate this dreadful disease:

“This month, pink ribbons will be displayed around our country, adorning jackets and public spaces alike. A sign of solidarity, these ribbons remind us of our commitment to preventing and treating breast cancer, and to supporting those courageously battling this disease. Countless Americans will participate in events to raise awareness alongside survivors and their families, working together to support research that will save lives. …”

Read the entire Proclamation here.

New York State Safe Patient Handling Conference – October 18 and 19, 2011

The New York State Safe Patient Handling Conference is October 18 and 19, 2011 in Albany, NY. According to the New York State Department of Labor, this conference:

. …will give you knowledge and skills that will benefit you at work. We will introduce you to the latest technology and best practices to improve how you interact with patients. By sharing knowledge and resources, we can keep both patients and caregivers safe and healthy….

Click here for registration and the Conference agenda.

Hope to see you there!

Bed Bugs!

From the CDC’s NIOSH Science blog (this is a seriously great information resource in general, by the way), an interesting article on bed bugs:

…Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, but they are a troublesome health nuisance. Their bites can cause mild to severe allergic reactions, and people living in infested homes have reported anxiety, insomnia, and systemic reactions.4 These bites don’t just occur at home. Using workers’ compensation (WC) claims data from California between 2000 and 2011, the California Department of Public Health identified 96 workers who were bitten by bed bugs while traveling for work. The majority of bed bug-related WC claims in California consisted of complaints of bed bug bites or rashes caused from bites; however there were several reports of physical injuries (such as strains) sustained by workers while moving furniture to look for or treat bed bugs….

Read the whole article here.