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November 06
Links of Interest: OSHA Urges Workers, Public to Guard against Hazards during Hurricane Sandy Cleanup
A grab-bag of links from OEHS in the news…

Hurricane Sandy. OSHA has issued a press release urging workers and the public to guard against hazards during the cleanup following Hurricane Sandy. And, like many other federal agencies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a key role to play during and after natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Read more in a recent blog post from the agency’s blog FDA Voice, “Working for You During Hurricane Sandy.”
 
Total Worker Health. Read the latest TWH™ in Action! newsletter from the NIOSH Total Worker Health Program. The new issue includes a “Managers’ Buzz” article on a newly released report on U.S. obesity rates and an exclusive piece on incorporating ergonomics into workplace health promotion.  
 
NTP Quarterly News Update. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has published its quarterly update, which announces the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ (NIEHS) new five-year strategic plan. Read more of the latest news from NTP.
 
2012 Safe Work Awards. The Staminalift, an electric bed-moving device, was named “the best solution to a workplace health and safety issue” in this year’s Safe Work Awards in South Australia. The device was made to eliminate manual handling tasks while moving hospital beds.
 
C8 and high cholesterol. The C8 Science Panel has concluded that C8 exposure is likely linked to high cholesterol in humans. Late last month, the panel finalized the list of human health impacts linked caused by C8 exposure. Read more.
 
Flu vaccine. An editorial published in the Canadian Medical Association journal CMAJ argues that “health care workers must protect patients from influenza by taking the annual vaccine.” Read the editorial.
 
Psychological health and safety. In a recently released Ispos Reid survey commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, 71 percent of Canadian employees reported some degree of concern with psychological health and safety in the workplace. Fourteen percent disagreed that their workplace is psychologically healthy and safe. Read the press release.
 
Workplace injuries. The U.K.’s Health and Safety Executive published new statistics for workplace ill health and injury last week. According to the new figures, there has been a slight decrease in “a number of key areas of workplace ill health and injury.” Learn more.
 
Joint pain. According to a new NIOSH Science Blog post, it is estimated that musculoskeletal disorders account for about one-third of injury and illness costs in U.S. industry, and many of these conditions can result from joint pain. Read the blog post.
 
NACOSH. OSHA has scheduled a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) for Nov. 14–15 in Washington, D.C. Read the press release.
 
Roadway and highway construction. OSHA has published a new OSHA instruction, “Inspection and Citation Guidance for Roadway and Highway Construction Work Zones.” The instruction provides guidance on keeping OSHA field staff safe while inspecting road work zones and provides staff with information on the correct OSHA standards to cite when they observe specific safety issues.
 
Pentachlorophenol. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) is requesting nominations of scientific experts for the evaluation of pentachlorophenol for the Report on Carcinogens. For more information, visit NTP’s website.

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