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Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction
In collaboration with a broad range of agencies, organizations, and associations from the construction industry, CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will launch a national campaign to address and reduce falls, fall-related injuries, and fall-related fatalities among construction workers.

Construction Falls Prevention Fact Sheet
PLAN ahead to get the job done safely. PROVIDE the right equipment. TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely.

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Bicycle Saddles and Reproductive Health
NIOSH worked with several police departments with bicycle patrols to conduct reproductive health research. In these studies, NIOSH did more than assess a problem; it also tested a solution. Several bicycle saddle manufacturers have developed saddles without protruding noses. NIOSH has investigated whether these saddles, which remove the pressure from the urogenital area, will alleviate any potential health problems.

Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis-Related Years of Potential Life Lost Before Age 65 Years - United States, 1968-2006
This report describes the results of an analysis, which indicate that during 1968-2006, a total of 22,625 years of potential life lost were attributed to coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.

Cops and Cars: Reducing Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Deaths in Motor Vehicle Crashes
Motor vehicle incidents and crashes are the leading cause of occupational death among LEOs. CDC is proposing to conduct a population-based, cross-sectional survey among LEOs in the State of Iowa to measure motor-vehicle safety practices, perceptions of these practices, and prior occupational motor-vehicle crashes.

Effects of Skin Contact with Chemicals: What a Worker Should Know
Skin problems/diseases are the most common non-injury health issue reported by workers.

Easy Read The Effects of Workplace Hazards on Male Reproductive Health
A man's exposure to substances in the workplace can affect his ability to have healthy children. Learn more.

Emergency Responders: NIOSH Seeks Comment on Proposed List of Diseases That May Pose Risk
A notice today invites public comments to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on a proposed list of infectious diseases that may pose life-threatening health risks to emergency response employees through bloodborne or airborne transmission. Comments should be submitted for receipt by February 11, 2011.

Fatal Injuries Among Grounds Maintenance Workers - United States, 2003-2008
This report characterizes events leading to grounds maintenance workers (GMW) fatalities and differences in fatality characteristics across demographic groups among GMWs.

Law Enforcement and First Responder Curriculums
The Epilepsy Foundation, in partnership with CDC, is conducting a national education and outreach program to educate and train law enforcement officers, police cadets, and emergency response personnel across the country to increase their recognition of seizures and promote safe and appropriate intervention practices for persons with seizure disorders.

Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors
This publication is intended to provide a resource for residential home builders and construction contractors, subcontractors, and supervisors to prevent these kinds of injuries.

Occupational Safety and Health
Learn about a variety of health and safety issues that affect people in the workplace.

Occupationally-Induced Hearing Loss  
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational hearing loss is the most commonly recorded occupational illness in manufacturing (17,700 cases out of 59,100 cases), accounting for 1 in 9 recordable illnesses.

Preventing Death and Injuries of Fire Fighters Operating Modified Excess/Surplus Vehicles
Fire fighters may be at risk for crash-related injuries while operating excess and other surplus vehicles that have been modified for fire service use. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has summarized recommendations to prevent injuries and deaths while operating these vehicles.

Seven Safety Suggestions for Summer Work
Outdoor jobs expose workers to heat stress and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, poisonous plants and creatures, and pest-borne diseases. Appropriate training and adequate protection can go a long way toward keeping workers safe outside.

Easy Read Work
This booklet highlights knowledge about the causes of stress at work and outlines steps that can be taken to prevent job stress.

Tobacco Smoke in the Workplace
The Surgeon General's December 9, 2010 report on tobacco smoke and health provides the latest findings about the adverse effects of even small amounts of tobacco smoke. NIOSH offers resources to help employers and workers prevent workplace exposures to tobacco smoke and to encourage workplace-based smoking cessation programs.

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