“OSHA Issues Special Zika Guidance to Employers”

Highlights NEW Zika Virus Protection for Outdoor Workers. OSHA QuickCard™ (Publication 3880), (2016). Also available in Spanish. NEW Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus. OSHA-NIOSH Fact Sheet (Publication 3855), (2016). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued “interim guidance” to provide employers and workers information and advice on preventing … Continue reading “OSHA Issues Special Zika Guidance to Employers”

“Ebola” – What You Need To Know”

This web page provides information about Ebola viruses and EHF for workers and employers. The web page includes sections on: Background, including the origins of Ebola virus and EHF Hazard recognition Medical information Standards for protecting workers from Ebola virus Control and prevention of EHF Additional resources Quick Facts: Ebola virus and EHF Currently, Ebola … Continue reading “Ebola” – What You Need To Know”

“App of the Day” – WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders)

WISER for iOS 3.1.1 Released & Important Ebola Resources‏ Download WISER for iOS here:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wiser-for-ios/id375185381?mt=8

Get WISQARS Mobile: Injury Data Information Anywhere, Anytime

CDC’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) gives you fatal and nonfatal injury data in the United States, and now our WISQARS Mobile Application gives you fatal injury data on-the-go. WISQARS Mobile spotlights four preventable public health problems—motor vehicle-related injuries, prescription drug overdoses, traumatic brain injuries and violence against children and youth. It … Continue reading Get WISQARS Mobile: Injury Data Information Anywhere, Anytime

OSHA Crystalline Silica Rulemaking Proposal

Inhalation of very small (respirable) crystalline silica particles puts workers at risk for silicosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and kidney disease. OSHA recently released a proposed rule to protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica. What is Crystalline Silica? Respirable crystalline silica – very small particles at least 100 times smaller than … Continue reading OSHA Crystalline Silica Rulemaking Proposal

Health & Safety Lapses In Lab Tied To Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Investigators found “serious health and safety deficiencies” at the compound pharmaceutical lab tied to the fungal meningitis outbreak, according to a preliminary report released Monday. Tacky mats used to trap dirt and other contaminants from workers’ shoes prior to entering a clean room “were visibly soiled with assorted debris,” according to the report from Massachusetts’ … Continue reading Health & Safety Lapses In Lab Tied To Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Fatal Exposure to Methylene Chloride Among Bathtub Refinishers — United States, 2000–2011

February 24, 2012 / 61(07);119-122 In 2010, the Michigan Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program conducted an investigation into the death of a bathtub refinisher who used a methylene chloride–based paint stripping product marketed for use in aircraft maintenance. The program identified two earlier, similar deaths in Michigan. Program staff members notified CDC's National Institute … Continue reading Fatal Exposure to Methylene Chloride Among Bathtub Refinishers — United States, 2000–2011

13 Methylene Chloride Related Deaths Linked To Bathtub Refinishing

The Michigan Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program, which is 1 of 9 state Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation programs funded by NIOSH, began an investigation in 2010 to determine the cause of death of a bathtub refinisher, linked to methylene chloride-based paint stripper. The man who died used this stripping product, which was originally … Continue reading 13 Methylene Chloride Related Deaths Linked To Bathtub Refinishing

A New Job Hazard – “Unemployment Is Killing People”

By Jeffrey Kaye The Public Record Aug 18th, 2011   When considering the effects of unemployment, and the desultory, really uncaring response of the current Democratic administration, as well as Republicans in Congress, to the human devastation of joblessness, it is important to consider the terrible emotional and psychological effects of such unemployment. Such effects … Continue reading A New Job Hazard – “Unemployment Is Killing People”

NIOSH Creates Web Page for Tornado Response Safety

Recommendations and resources are available for state and local response personnel, health care workers, shelter workers and other responders from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on a new web page. Information can be found on the page to help them stay safe during tornado response and cleanup. The new resource is … Continue reading NIOSH Creates Web Page for Tornado Response Safety

Reusing Respirators and Managing N95 Supplies While Living Up to OSHA Expectations

Since H1N1 outbreaks surfaced in April, infectious disease doctors, employee health managers, healthcare workers, and infection prevention associations have debated a variety of factors regarding the new virus. But without question the most hotly contended issue has been the use of N95 respirators versus surgical masks for protection. Meanwhile, many wondered if OSHA would take … Continue reading Reusing Respirators and Managing N95 Supplies While Living Up to OSHA Expectations

H1N1 reveals gaps in nation’s emergency health preparedness efforts

Washington DC-- The seventh annual Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism report, released today by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), found that the H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed serious underlying gaps in the nation's ability to respond to public health emergencies … Continue reading H1N1 reveals gaps in nation’s emergency health preparedness efforts

2009 H1N1 Flu: Situation Update

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called FluView.* During the week of November 8-14, 2009, influenza activity decreased across all key indicators, but overall remained very high for this time of year. Below is a summary of the … Continue reading 2009 H1N1 Flu: Situation Update

Update! NFL Cheerleader Disabled by 2009 Flu Shot On Road to Recovery

Ashburn, Virginia – November 4, 2009: After having her life turned upside down by a routine influenza shot, and discharged by three major hospitals after four visits – despite worsening symptoms – Desiree Jennings is finally making great strides in her recovery. The vibrant, 25-year-old Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador has a website to tell her … Continue reading Update! NFL Cheerleader Disabled by 2009 Flu Shot On Road to Recovery

N95 respirator not best for H1N1 flu protection

Lack of scientific evidence regarding the need for N95 respirators among health care workers has prompted three scientific organizations to urge that OSHA change current recommendations for personal protection from H1N1 flu among health care employees. N95 respirators that require fit-testing are not scientifically proven to be best to protect health care workers from H1N1 flu. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology … Continue reading N95 respirator not best for H1N1 flu protection

Wash Call: H1N1 hits Capitol Hill … Highway worker safety … More

WASHINGTON - H1N1 has hit the Hill. The first congressman came down with swine flu this past week. Rep. Greg Walden, a sixth-term Republican from rural Oregon, announced via Twitter that the virus had nailed him. "Just diagnosed with likely H1N1. Ugh. Off to seclusion for awhile(cq)," the lawmaker, 52, tweeted Tuesday. Rep. Melissa Bean, … Continue reading Wash Call: H1N1 hits Capitol Hill … Highway worker safety … More