Volume 2 Number 12 April 2005
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Division of Applied Research and Technology Engineers Receive Prestigious
NIOSH Studies Nominated for 2005 Charles C. Shepard Science
Occupational Safety and Health Paper Competition
Effects of Welding
NIOSH/OSHA Publication Focuses on Avian Influenza
Work Environment and Cardiovascular Disease Conference Update
Literacy Fellowship Opportunity
Dollberg Retires with 30 years of service at NIOSH
Upcoming NIOSH Events
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IC 9473 Drill Rig Incident: A noise training exercise for drillers, helpers, and anyone exposed to loud noise from a drill rig
Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE): Evaluation of ergonomic stressors and musculoskeletal disorders at an ice cream products manufacturing plant
The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated April 7, 2005, as World Health Day with the theme “Make Every Mother and Child Count.” This topic resonates with our ongoing initiatives at NIOSH to address job-related risks for working women and for working youth, who comprise significant proportions of the U.S. working population. For example, 46.5 percent of the 139 million workers in the U.S. are women, and surveys suggest that 70 percent to 80 percent of teenagers in this country work for pay at some time in their high school years.
As women enter industries and occupations that once were predominantly male, and as more teenagers take on their first job responsibilities, many unique and complex issues arise in regard to the prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses. NIOSH is working with diverse partners to answer those questions.
Regarding working women’s issues, initiatives include:
Our studies and partnerships for preventing job-related injuries in working teenagers are equally robust. For example, NIOSH:
I invite you to
find more information on the safety and health issues of working women
and additional information on keeping youth safe at work at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/youth.
Engineers from the NIOSH Division of Applied Research and Technology (DART) engineers will be honored for their hard work and service to their profession. Larry Reed, formerly of DART and the current Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies (DSHEFS) Deputy Director, will be awarded the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Villforth Leadership award at the Commissioned Officers Association ceremony, June 6-9, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pa. This award recognizes engineers and architects whose service in public trust meets high ethical standards. DART engineer Tony Zimmer will receive the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Hollis Medal. This medal recognizes excellence for achievements in military engineering and outstanding contributions in design, research, development, planning, education, scholastic achievement, public works, or leadership. He will receive this award at the SAME conference in Louisville, Ky., on May 18-20, 2005. Four DART publications and their authors will be recognized with USPHS Engineering Literary Awards. The awards will also be presented at the USPHS Commissioned Officers Association ceremony, June 6-9, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pa. The award categories are:
published studies by NIOSH scientists and engineers in partnership with
outside collaborators are nominated for the 2005 Charles C. Shepard Science
Awards. The awards are sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease
and Prevention (CDC) and recognize excellence in science in 2004 at CDC,
of which NIOSH is a part. The NIOSH nominations appear on the NIOSH
Web page at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/shepard2004.html.
Scientific publications from throughout CDC are eligible for nomination.
CDC will announce the winners on June 22, 2005.
and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) co-sponsored
the 2005 Teachers National Occupational Safety and Health Competition
among teachers and instructors at vocational and technical schools
and community colleges. The competition was established by NIOSH in
1998 as part of our efforts to team with educators, employers, and
others in advancing safety in vocational education programs. Roger
Bourgeois, an administrator at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
in Billerica, Mass., won the competition. Mr. Bourgeois submitted
the school’s Health and Safety Plan, which includes checklists
based on the NIOSH
Safety Checklist Program for Schools, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-101/default.html.
His proactive safety and health program established an alliance with the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to train vocational-technical educators.
Through this alliance more than 100 teachers and 1,000 students have been trained.
The award to Mr. Bourgeois was presented at the ACTE National Policy Seminar
held March 7-8 in Washington, D.C.
and the West Virginia University (WVU) Institute of Occupational and
Environmental Health (IOEH) are teaming up to sponsor an international
seminar, “Health Effects of Welding,” on
July 23-24, 2005 in Morgantown, W.Va.
Leading experts from around the world will gather to share the latest information
in key research areas regarding potential respiratory,
neurological, and reproductive effects associated with welding fumes or inhaled
welding particles. More information about the symposium can be found at http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/IOEH.
and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed
the Avian Influenza Protecting Poultry Workers at Risk Safety and
Health Information Bulletin. The bulletin can
be accessed at http://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib121304.html.
This 8-page guidance document describes measures for protecting poultry
workers when an avian influenza outbreak occurs. This document complements
avian population disease control and eradication strategies of state
governments, industry, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and
will aid in the development of biosecurity guidelines and standard
operating procedures for the various sectors of the poultry industry.
the bulletin have been added to the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association
Web page, http://www.poultryegg.org, and to the CDC Avian Influenza
Web page, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian.
The International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), NIOSH and numerous partners cosponsored the Fourth International Conference on Work Environment and Cardiovascular Disease on March 9-11, 2005 in Newport Beach, Calif. Representatives from over 30 countries gathered to exchange ideas and research findings and to develop strategies for decreasing potential cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk due to workplace exposures. Particular interest was given to exposure to workplace stress, low job control and high job demand. In his welcoming address to attendees, NIOSH Director John Howard said work stress is “one of our most fertile areas of research.”
According to the
World Health Organization (WHO), heart disease and stroke will become
the leading cause of death and disability by 2020. Highlights from
the conference included a comparison of the changing nature of work
occurring in industrialized and developing nations; the effects of
globalization and the social movement; working conditions, social class
and social inequality as determinants of CVD risk; and a closing forum
on international comparative research, including the variation in culture
and organizational behaviors. Preparations are underway for the Fifth
International Conference to be held June 2008 in Poland.
Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM) with support
from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, is seeking
candidates for the position of Health Literacy Fellow. The Fellow
will assist with the reporting and communication activities related
to the release of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy
data and will provide support to the HHS Health Literacy Workgroup.
The Fellow should have training in health communication or health
education with an emphasis in health literacy. Interested applicants
should visit the ATPM Web site, http://www.atpm.org and
click on “career development/training.” The application
deadline is April 15, 2005.
D. Dollberg, a 30-year NIOSH employee and Public Health Service officer,
retired from federal service on March 31 as chief of the Analytical
Chemistry Section, Chemical Exposure Monitoring Branch, Division of
Applied Research and Technology (DART). Don contributed greatly
to NIOSH’s prominence in the development of new sampling and
analytical methods, state-of-the-art data handling services, delivery
of high-quality analytical chemistry services, and the creation of
new partnerships. One such partnership that he headed, an informal
program with Xavier University in Cincinnati, has nurtured a new generation
of chemists with an interest in occupational health. Don’s
research in silica analysis helped to improve the measurement of work-related
silica dust exposures; notably, in 1980, his work was instrumental
in identifying silica dust exposures from the Mt. St. Helens volcanic
eruption. For more than 18 years, as section chief, he headed
a team that contributed several hundred new or revised methods to the NIOSH
Manual of Analytical Methods. Best wishes to Don on his
month’s eNews will
feature articles on Workers’ Memorial Day April 28 and winners
of the Alice Hamilton Awards also to be held on April 28.
Stop by and chat with NIOSH staff at the NIOSH Exhibit Booth at these upcoming conferences.
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On March 23, 2005 NORA leadership met with the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) in Washington, D.C., to discuss plans for the next decade of NORA. Participants discussed using a sector based approach to broaden stakeholder involvement among academia, industry, and labor groups. Under this proposed structure for the next decade of NORA, tentatively called NORA-2, NIOSH and its partners would form sector research councils representing eight groupings of sectors in order to focus research goals, objectives, and results. The proposed sector research councils are for agriculture, forestry, and fishing; mining; construction; manufacturing; trade; transportation, warehousing, and utilities; services; and health care and social assistance. Each sector and some sub-sectors would identify the top safety and health concerns in their sectors and develop a strategic research agenda based on those priorities. In addition, a cross-cutting group would be formed, comprising coordinators for the eight research sectors, to identify opportunities for common research across sectors. NORA leadership also outlined plans for including global health and research to practice as themes in the next decade of NORA.
On April 26, NORA
will mark its ninth year. NIOSH plans a year
of activities to recognize past NORA achievements and to plan for the next
ten years of NORA research. NIOSH will be requesting feedback and
suggestions from stakeholders, including our eNews readership. The
May 2005 edition of eNews will present more information about
the new NORA structure and offer opportunities for eNews readers
to share their comments and suggestions.
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has launched a new Web
page to provide businesses of all sizes with key workplace safety standards
information. The site features timely information on ASSE’s standards
development activities, standard hot topics and issues, and key technical
insights, and provides an opportunity for ASSE members and non-members
alike to share expertise on occupational safety, health and environmental
efforts in all industries. The Web page is http://www.asse.org/safety.html.
Mining Fact Sheets
9473 Drill Rig Incident: A noise training exercise for drillers,
helpers, and anyone exposed to loud noise from a drill rig
Hazard Evaluation (HHE): Evaluation of ergonomic stressors and musculoskeletal
disorders at an ice cream products manufacturing plant
2005 International Workshop on Environmental
Monitoring and Silica Dust Exposure Assessment
Symposium on Beryllium: Sampling and Analysis
Annual Toxicology and Risk Assessment Conference
for Papers: Work, Stress and Health 2006: Making a Difference
in the Workplace
Occupational and Environmental Exposures of
Skin to Chemicals-2005
Fifth International Symposium on Modern Principles
of Air Monitoring
American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NAACT) 2005
for 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. More information on the conference can be found at http://www.conted.vt.edu/appe or by contacting Tom Fisher at TFisher@cdc.gov.