Volume 2 Number 11 March 2005
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of Sciences to Announce Framework Committee for NIOSH Research Program
Request for Public Review and Comment
of NIOSH Alert: Preventing Asthma
and Death from MDI Exposure During Spray-on Truck Bed Liner and Related
Announcement: Deputy Director, NIOSH Health Effects Laboratory
of the International Conference on Occupational and Environmental
Exposures of Skin to Chemicals: Science and Policy
Cincinnati Employees Wear Red to Raise Awareness
for Abstracts: 2nd International Symposium on Nanotechnology
and Occupational Health
Division of Applied Research
and Technology (DART)
Division of Respiratory
Disease Studies (DRDS)
Division of Safety Research
Division of Surveillance,
Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies (DSHEFS)
Education and Information
Health Effects Laboratory
National Personal Protective
Technology Laboratory (NPPTL)
Research Laboratory (PRL)
Have patent, will license…A New CrVI Analytical Method
Long work hours, organization of work issue, featured on new Topic Page
OSHA Announces New Safety Card for Safe Trenching Practices
IC 9472: Wearing Hearing Protection Properly: A 3-D Training Aid for Drillers (NIOSH Pub. No 2005-107)
Specific Medical Tests or Examinations Published in the Literature for OSHA-Regulated Substances (NIOSH Pub. No 2005-110)
A Compendium of NIOSH Economic Research (NIOSH Pub. No 2005-112)
NIOSH introduces three new Topic Pages
The earthquakes and tsunamis that struck Southeast Asia on December 26, 2004 caused one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. Over 250,000 deaths are directly attributable to the events, approximately 500,000 people were injured and five million people are homeless or without adequate access to sustainable resources. The devastation was enormous and the ongoing massive cleanup, recovery and rebuilding efforts are remarkable. Ensuring that those involved with this arduous task remain safe and healthy is the foundation for NIOSH response efforts undertaken as part of CDC’s recovery assistance.
NIOSH personnel were immediately deployed to evaluate occupational hazards and safety risks in the affected regions. N. Kumar Kittusamy and Mike Gressel were deployed to Banda Aceh, Indonesia where they conducted a rapid needs assessment of health care infrastructure as part of a World Health Organization (WHO) team. Eric Esswein went to Phang Na Province, Thailand to evaluate the occupational safety and health of forensic procedures at two temporary morgue sites.
The CDC Emergency Operations Centers set up specific teams to address the variety of immediate medical and social needs of the region. The CDC Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) Team: Operation Earthquake, initially led by Bruce Bernard, and later by Tom Hales, laid the groundwork and provided day-to-day support for the U.S. occupational and environmental health and safety responses. Members of the team included NIOSH staff Max Kiefer, Jim Spahr, Greg Kullman, Sally Brown, Jennifer Hornsby-Myers and Kathleen Kowalski-Trakofler, and staff from the National Center for Environmental Health (co-lead Mark Miller), the CDC Office of Health and Safety (Jean Gaunce) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (Alan Parham). The team, based in the CDC Emergency Operations Centers:
One critical function arose through the OEH Team reaching out to local unions in Banda Aceh through contacts from the AFL-CIO International Solidarity Center. The team found that workers were feverishly trying to restore power to hospitals, businesses and high priority public services but the tsunami had destroyed all their PPE. Jim Spahr spearheaded the effort and contacted the International Safety Equipment Association to initiate the process. The team began matching potential donors with the needed equipment. By February 4, 2005, the shipment of equipment, totaling 1,500 pounds and valued at approximately $30,000, arrived in Banda Aceh. Items included hard hats, face shields, high- and low-voltage gloves, arm protectors, leather lineman boots, and fall equipment. We are grateful to those companies who responded so generously with this urgent request.
deployed staff has now returned from the field and the team operates
as needed. Under the direction of the current Leader, Jennifer Hornsby-Myers,
the team continues to carefully monitor the occupational safety and
health needs of the region. More information on remaining safe during
tsunami clean-up can be found at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/tsunamis.
Information regarding the international response to this disaster can
be found on the World Health Organization (WHO) web site http://www.who.int/hac/crises/international/asia_tsunami/en.
On February 28, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) named provisional members to a Framework Committee that will oversee the evaluation of selected NIOSH program areas. NIOSH has asked NAS to review its programs of research as part of NIOSH’s commitment to expert external program review. NAS panels are highly respected for their record of providing unbiased guidance to federal research programs. The NAS Framework Committee will adopt methods and standards for use by sub-committees that will be impaneled for each NIOSH research program reviewed. The reviews are planned to take place in pairs over a number of coming years.
The names of the
provisional members of the Framework Committee will be posted shortly
by way of the NAS Web site, http://www.nationalacademies.org/.
From that site, readers can use a search (using NIOSH as the key term)
to access the announcement of names. We invite your comments on the
suitability of both the committee as a whole and its individual members
to review NIOSH programs, but the time for comment will be limited.
Comments will be accepted on the NAS Web site for 20 days after the
announcement. The NAS will take those comments into consideration before
the make-up of the committee becomes permanent. There will also be
a NAS internal review process during which the provisional members
examine each other for conflicts of interest. A similar public process
will occur for each of the specific review panels that are eventually
named. Progress updates of all the NIOSH review panels will be available
on the NAS Web site. NIOSH invites you to visit the NAS Web site, and
to review the new page on the Framework Committee when it is posted
public is invited to review and make comments on the draft version
of the NIOSH Alert: Preventing Asthma and Death from MDI Exposure
During Spray-on Truck Bed Liner and Related Applications. The Alert contains
important safety information that is needed by the public. Your input
will strengthen our efforts to create documents that support the NIOSH
mission: prevention of work-related illnesses and injuries.
via the NIOSH Web site, http://www2acdc.gov/truckbedliner/truckbedlinercmts.html
via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
via postal mail,
NIOSH Mailstop R-2
NIOSH is currently seeking candidates for the position of Deputy Director, Health Effects Laboratory Division. The position is located in Morgantown, W.Va. and the application deadline is March 25, 2005. There are two vacancy announcements for this position, according to the application category as follows:
Current or Former Federal Employees apply under MP6-05-014.
All Other U.S. Citizens apply under DE6-05-013
of the International Conference on Occupational and Environmental Exposures
Skin to Chemicals: Science and Policy
proceedings and workshop report for Session II of the International
Conference on Occupational and Environmental Exposures of Skin to Chemicals:
Science and Policy held in Washington, DC, on September 8–11, 2002
will be published in the March issue of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology [41(2):150–158]. This NIOSH sponsored conference brought together
dermatologists, industrial hygienists, laboratory researchers, policy makers,
and occupational physicians to focus on the science, knowledge gaps, and
policy opportunities related to the occupational and environmental exposures
of skin to chemicals. In Session II: Health Effects and Hazard Identification,
workshop participants discussed the research efforts in evaluating dermal
hazards and the effective actions for improving the process of health hazard
identification. Drs. Chen-Peng Chen (NIOSH) and Pietro Sartorelli (University
of Siena, Italy) authored the workshop report. Additional information is
available on the NIOSH Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/skin/conference/index.html.
NIOSH Cincinnati employees raised awareness about the leading killer of women, heart disease, by participating in the National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 4. An initiative of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (National Institutes of Health), National Wear Red Day is part of The Heart Truth campaign educating women about heart disease. The Cincinnati activities included blood pressure screenings and health sessions about warning signs, and the importance of early screening for risk factors.
The NIOSH employees were part of a local effort in Cincinnati, coordinated
through the Federal Women's Program (FWP), a Special Emphasis Program
operated under the U.S. Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO);
the Cincinnati Health Unit, operated under Federal Occupational Health
(FOC); and the Health Promotion Committee (HPC), operated locally under
the Office of Administrative and Management Services (OAMS). To learn
more about The Heart Truth campaign and National Wear Red Day, visit
NIOSH and its fellow sponsoring and co-sponsoring organizations are inviting abstracts for the Second International Symposium on Nanotechnology and Occupational Health. The deadline for abstracts is March 31, 2005. The symposium will provide a global forum for presenting and discussing the latest findings and activities in research on nanotechnology and occupational health. It will be held on October 3-6, 2005, in Minneapolis, Minn. The First International Symposium was held in Britain in October 2004 was cosponsored by NIOSH and the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive.
“This area of research is a key component of maintaining U.S. leadership and competitiveness in the dynamic nanotechnology market,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “We encourage the scientific community to share new results, progress reports, and recommendations that will make the 2005 symposium as stimulating as its predecessor in 2004.” Further information about the call for abstracts and the announcement of the 2005 Second International Symposium is available at http://www.cce.umn.edu/conferences/nanotechnology.
Under the National
Nanotechnology Initiative and other partnerships, including membership
on the Nanostructured Science, Engineering and Technology subcommittee
of the National Science and Technology Council committee on technology,
NIOSH conducts a robust program of research on nanotechnology and
occupational health. More information is available on the NIOSH nanotechnology
topic page at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/nanotech.
Stop by and chat with NIOSH staff at the NIOSH Exhibit Booth at these upcoming conferences.
Division of Applied Research and Technology (DART)
Division of Respiratory Disease Studies (DRDS)
Division of Safety Research (DSR)
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies (DSHEFS)
Education and Information Division (EID)
Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD)
Dr. Frazer’s was nominated for this award based on his distinguished and productive career at NIOSH, spanning nearly 30 years, having co-authored over 100 manuscripts in engineering, pulmonary physiology, and occupational health, co-authored 100 abstracts at national and international scientific conferences, and serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals.
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL)
Pittsburgh Research Laboratory (PRL)
Spokane Research Laboratory (SRL)
The challenge for employers and occupational health professionals: finding an analytical method that will identify hexavalent chromium (CRVI) at very low levels. The answer: a new analytical method developed by NIOSH. The method is now available for commercial licensing under U.S. Patent 6,808,931, issued to NIOSH on Oct. 26, 2004.
The method reliably identifies and measures CRVI at lower levels than those detectable using traditional methods. It does so through ultrasonication and strong anion exchange solid phase extraction. It has been extensively field-tested by NIOSH, and the results of those tests have been published in peer-reviewed journals. The method follows many other analytical techniques, first devised and validated by NIOSH, that have become standard industrial hygiene practices over the past 30 years.
recently unveiled a new web topic page titled “Work
Schedules: Shift Work and Long Work Hours.” This page
contains links to resources such as NIOSH research and publications, conferences,
extramural projects, and the NORA Organization of Work team. The
NORA Organization of Work team seeks to better understand the health and
safety effects of demanding work schedules. Communication gadgets, productivity
pressures, daunting commutes, and extended work shifts have left many people
facing increased job demands and longer work days. In addition, many
people work non-day shifts in health care, security, and businesses that
rely on round the clock production, transportation, and service. This
new NIOSH topic page supports the team’s research agenda by making
research tools available in a central location. Please click http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/workschedules/ to
view the site.
OSHA Announces New Safety Card
for Safe Trenching Practices
Study of Exposures to Pseudo-narcotics Related to Law Enforcement
9472: Wearing Hearing Protection Properly: A 3-D Training Aid for Drillers (NIOSH Pub. No 2005-107)
Medical Tests or Examinations Published in the Literature for
OSHA-Regulated Substances (NIOSH Pub. No 2005-110)
Compendium of NIOSH Economic Research (NIOSH Pub. No 2005-112)
NIOSH Introduces Three New Topic Pages
International Beryllium Research Symposium-Be2005
Fourth International Conference
on Work Environment and Cardiovascular Diseases
Papers: Advanced Personal Protective Equipment - Challenges in Protecting
Attendees will learn about the hazards posed by emerging threats, the application of personal protective equipment (PPE) technology to these threats, and associated challenges with selecting and interfacing different PPE items. The emphasis of the conference will be on practical issues of threat accommodation, standards, regulations, applications of best practices, manufacturing and distribution issues, PPE decision-making and purchasing, and multi-PPE integration. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 15, 2005. More information on the conference can be found at http://www.conted.vt.edu/appe or by contacting Tom Fisher at TFisher@cdc.gov.
8th Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference
International Workshop on Environmental Monitoring and Silica Dust
Symposium on Beryllium:
Sampling and Analysis
for Papers: Work, Stress and Health 2006: Making a Difference in the
and Environmental Exposures of Skin to Chemicals-2005
Fifth International Symposium on Modern
Principles of Air Monitoring
and strong anion exchange solid phase extraction: An innovative process
for analyzing hexavalent chromium (CrVI) at low levels. This method
consists of using an ultrasonic bath and buffer solution to extract
CrVI from samples and using a chemical resin to separate/isolate
CrVI from other metals and potential interferences in the extracted