A grab-bag of links from OEHS in the news…
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
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
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
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
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
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