Volume 3 Number 10 February 2006
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NIOSH Scientists Contribute to CDC Report on Mold Concerns After Katrina,
NIOSH Researchers Develop Interactive Web Page for Calculating Skin
NIOSH Offers Training, Technical Assistance for Salvadoran Lead Evaluation
Meeting Set to Review Draft Titanium Dioxide Document
to Hold Workshop on Economics at Upcoming Ergonomics Meeting
Announces RFA on Workplace Violence Prevention Research
Recommendations for Protecting Laboratory, Field and Clinical Workers from West Nile Virus Exposure (DHHS NIOSH Pub. No. 2006-115).
Health Hazard Evaluation: Evaluation of Exposure to Chlorinated Hydrocarbons at a Magnesium Processing Plant
Demonstrating strong evidence of program effectiveness is critical to the future of NIOSH. When asked if a given program is relevant to stakeholders’ needs, if it is scientifically strong, and if it produces results that will help to prevent work-related injury, illness, or death, we must be able to answer “yes.” One of the most valid and accepted methods of evaluating our research programs is through expert external review. At the request of NIOSH, the National Academies (NA) is beginning this review. The NA will assess program relevance and impact and provide advice on new areas of research for NIOSH to consider. In addition, the NA is challenged with determining the extent to which NIOSH research is responsible for changes in the workplace that reduce the risk of occupational injuries, illnesses, and death.
To achieve this external review, the NA has established a Framework Committee to oversee the review process. The Committee is chaired by David Wegman, M.D. of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. We encourage you to review the committee’s framework for reviewing NIOSH research programs at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nas/framework1.html. The committee will meet on April 10-11, 2006 in Washington, DC. If you would like to participate in the meeting, please contact Amanda Roberts of the NA at email@example.com.
Extending through Fiscal Year 2009, NIOSH will submit up to 15 of our Sector and Cross-Sector programs in the NIOSH Program Portfolio to the NA for independent evaluation. Separate NA review panels will be assembled for each of the programs. Programs currently under review include mining, hearing loss prevention, agriculture and respiratory disease. Updated information, including presentations and briefing documents, can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nas.
Submit your suggestions and questions regarding the review or your interest
in participating in the review process online at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nas/feedback.html.
If you are interested in volunteering to serve on the review panels,
please contact Evan Douple at the NA, Edouple@nas.ed. We in NIOSH strongly
encourage your interest and participation.
A Jan. 20, 2006, CDC report on health concerns associated with mold in water-damaged homes in New Orleans and surrounding areas after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita includes contributions by NIOSH scientists. The report was based on findings from sampling and surveys conducted by CDC at the request of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. It was published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and is available online at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5502a6.htm.
Based on survey results,
the report recommended that public health interventions should emphasize
the importance of safe mold remediation methods, and should ensure
the availability of appropriate personal protective equipment. The
report includes responses from remediation workers pertaining to the
workers’ ability to identify the appropriate type of respirator
for mold clean-up, the prevalence of respirator use, and for instances
in which workers did not wear the appropriate type of respirator, the
reasons for their not doing so.
Researchers Adam Fedorowicz and Fred Frasch of the NIOSH Health Effects Laboratory Division have developed a new interactive Web page that allows users, such as scientists evaluating potential risk of adverse effects from chemicals that may enter the body through the skin, to measure the capacity of a chemical to be absorbed through the skin http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/skin/skinpermcalc.html.
The Web page offers an interactive calculator that could be used by those wishing to obtain estimates of the skin permeability coefficient for a chemical of interest. In addition, the calculator contains a well-known data base of measured permeability coefficients. The user can easily compare the measured permeability of a specified chemical with the estimations from the three models.
The product represents the dissemination of research performed by the
National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Dermal Exposure Research
Program to a larger audience. For additional information contact Fred
Frasch at HFrasch@cdc.gov or Adam Fedorowicz at AFedorowicz@cdc.gov.
provided international training and technical assistance in December
2005 in support of an occupational and environmental health evaluation
in El Salvador. The assistance helped Salvadoran health officials and
company officials in evaluating potential occupational and community
lead exposures associated with a lead-acid battery recycling and manufacturing
plant. The NIOSH team consisting of Kevin Ashley, Manuel Rodriguez, and
Aaron Sussell, offered training on the calibration and use of lead sampling
devices and laboratory analytical equipment, provided equipment that
enabled the Salvadoran colleagues to continue the public health evaluation,
and observed their Salvadoran counterparts' technical performance in
action. The assistance was provided in collaboration with the CDC Office
of Global Health Central America Field Epidemiology Training Program
(CA-FETP), and the Salvadoran Ministry of Health. The focus of CA-FETP
is to build institutional capacity in the region for epidemiology and
public health surveillance. The NIOSH assistance to this project was
part of NIOSH's ongoing commitment of technical assistance to help build
occupational safety and health capacities in other countries. In turn,
the findings and insights from such partnerships often are useful in
building similar capacities in small businesses in the U.S. For more
information on the project, contact Manuel Rodriguez at MRodriguez1@cdc.gov.
NIOSH will hold a public meeting February 27, 2006 at
the NIOSH Cincinnati Taft Laboratory on the draft titanium dioxide Current
Intelligence Bulletin. NIOSH is seeking information on current titanium
dioxide research, strategies in use to control occupational exposure,
workplaces and occupations where exposures can occur, and opportunities
for future collaborative efforts. In addition to the public meeting,
the public is invited to review and submit comments on the draft document
online at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/preprint/tio2. The document will
remain available for comment until March 31, 2006.
will sponsor “Modeling the Economics of Ergonomics” workshop
following the 9th Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference March
9, 2006 in Orlando, Florida. This two-hour post-conference workshop will
provide an overview of various economic models available for estimating
the costs and benefits associated with implementation of interventions
to reduce risks of job-related musculoskeletal disorders. Specific information
on data required to conduct an economic analysis and outputs available
for decision making will be shared. The NIOSH presenters are Steve Hudock,
Tapas Ray and Tom Waters. The workshop is free for those attending the
conference. For more information on the workshop contact Steve Hudock
at SHudock@cdc.gov. More information
on the conference can be found at http://www.appliedergo.org/conference.
NIOSH Office of Extramural Programs announces a Request for Applications
(RFA) on Workplace Violence Prevention Research. The Fiscal Year 2006
funds will support research grant applications to develop, implement,
and validate intervention strategies designed to reduce the risks
of violence in the workplace. This RFA will focus on the development
and/or evaluation of interventions for workplace violence of Type I,
Criminal Intent, and Type III, Worker on Worker. NIOSH intends to commit
approximately $1 million to fund three to six new or competing continuation
research grant awards. The RFA can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OH-06-004.html.
Questions can be sent to Lee Husting at EHusting@cdc.gov.
for the NIOSH Exhibit Booth at the Risk and Insurance Management Society,
Inc. “Expanding the Power of Risk Management” Conference
April 23-27 in Honolulu, HI. More information about the conference is
available at http://www.rims.org.
schedules Nanotechnology Symposium for May conference
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) will hold a day-long seminar on May 13, 2006, on issues relating to the control of potential workplace exposures in processes where nanomaterials are produced or used. The seminar will be part of the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 13-18, 2006, in Chicago, IL. For more information, visit the AIHA Web site at http://www.aiha.org/Content/CE/aihce/aihce-nano.htm.
chemical protective clothing and equipment subject of new document
and redesigned NORA Web site offers new resources for Town Hall
Meetings and the NORA Symposium
currently being accepted for Robert W. Campbell Award
Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2006 for the Robert W. Campbell Award. The Campbell Award is an international award showcasing successful business models through safety, health and environmental (SH&E) management. Managed by the National Safety Council (NSC), the award fosters the sharing of leading-edge SH&E management systems and best practices for educational purposes worldwide. Details on the award and submission requirements can be found at http://www.campbellaward.org.
Response Preparedness for Underground Mines
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2006-105 deals with the preparedness of miners to respond to underground fires. It is intended to aid the mining industry in understanding the various roles of emergency responders and the training techniques used to increase their skill levels. The report also presents a technology overview to assist in effective response to mine fires and can be found at /niosh/mining/pubs/pubreference/2006-105.htm.
for Protecting Laboratory, Field and Clinical Workers from West
Nile Virus Exposure
Hazard Evaluation: Evaluation of Exposure to Chlorinated Hydrocarbons
at a Magnesium Processing Plant
for Abstracts: 1st American Conference on Human
Stress and Health 2006: Making a Difference in the Workplace
Call for Abstracts: 13th Conference of the International Society for
NORA Symposium: Research Makes a Difference
2006 and VENT