Volume 4 Number 4 August 2006
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Status Update from the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
Special Issue of Journal of Environmental Monitoring
New Health Hazard Evaluation Reports Now Available
NIOSH Chief Scientist Begins Term as Interim CDC Associate Director for Science
Technology News. EZ-Up Curtain Stoppings: A Practical Solution for Directing Ventilation Airflows in Large-opening Metal/Nonmetal Mines, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2006-137
Technology News. Super Stopping: A Permanent Solid Stopping for Directing Ventilation Airflows in Large-opening Metal/Nonmetal Mines, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2006-134
Report of Investigations 9667. Effectiveness of Selected Diesel Particulate Matter Control Technologies for Underground Mining Applications: Isolated Zone Study, 2003, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2006-126
Proceedings, Second International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2006-114.
Proceedings of a Meeting to Explore the Use of Ergonomics Interventions for the Mechanical and Electrical Trades, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2006-119.
The summer of 2006 has been a season of extreme weather, from scorching record-setting temperatures in much of the U.S., to heavy rains and fierce thunderstorms resulting in dangerous flooding. Severe weather affects every aspect of our lives, including the time we spend at work. The impact is especially great for men and women whose jobs involve outdoor activity.
NIOSH provides several resources to help employers and workers address the seasonal aspects of summer on the job, and to keep summertime work safe and healthy:
We at NIOSH hope
that you will have a safe and enjoyable time in this final month of
summer, and we encourage you to follow these safe practices while beating
During the month of June, the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) opened 41 requests for extensions of existing respirator approvals, and 15 applications for new approvals. In addition, NIOSH opened processes for reviewing quality assurance (QA) manuals for two respirator products; some manufacturers choose to submit their QA manuals for NIOSH review prior to submitting the actual products. Applications for testing and certification for 41 air-purifying and five air-supplied respirator applications were closed, as well as applications involving five quality assurance manuals. Thirty-six extensions of approval were closed, and 20 new approvals closed. Certification was granted for 46 products, and 13 applications were denied.
NIOSH also conducted post-certification activities, including 13 site
audits and eight product audits. Product audits are conducted on previously
certified respirators that NIOSH purchases and checks to ensure they
are still in compliance with NIOSH certification standards. NIOSH also
investigated four field problems that were reported and opened one certified
Journal of Environmental Monitoring has released a special issue highlighting
selected presentations from the Second Symposium on Beryllium Particulates
and their Detection, held November 2005 in Salt Lake City, UT. Featured
in the issue, dated June 12, 2006, is an editorial by Martin Harper,
NIOSH Health Effects Laboratory Division, on workplace aerosol sampling
procedures and their relevance to the assessment of beryllium exposures.
Scientific articles by NIOSH researchers Kevin Ashley, Paul Schlecht
and Aleks Stefaniak include laboratory and field analyses of trace
level beryllium, vacuum sampling techniques for industrial hygienists,
and validating a portable method for determining trace levels of beryllium.
A link to the special issue, with abstracts, is available at the Journal’s
web site, http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/Journals/em/Beryllium_SI.asp.
Three new health hazard evaluation reports are available from NIOSH:
Stephens, Ph. D., the NIOSH Associate Director for Science, became
the Acting Associate Director for Science for the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention on July 3. Dr.
Stephens began his NIOSH career in 1992 as a research chemist at the
Morgantown, WV, facility. In 1999, he became a senior scientist
in the NIOSH Office of the Director and was appointed as the NIOSH Associate
Director for Science in 2004. Anita Schill, Ph.D., NIOSH’s
Deputy Associate Director for Science, will serve as the interim NIOSH
Associate Director for Science.
York State Fair, August 24 – September 4, 2006,
Annual Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness Conference and
Exposition 2006, September 6 – 8, 2006, Atlanta, GA.
and DuPont advance nanotechnology safety and health.
NIOSH and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. will collaborate on work to evaluate current product performance, test methods, and research gaps related to personal protective equipment used to reduce occupational exposures to nanoparticles. The agreement came in a memorandum of understanding signed in June. The agreement is part of NIOSH’s larger strategic program to advance research on the occupational safety and health applications and implications of nanotechnology in the workplace. This agreement is effective through December 2007.
public comments are now available online.
Teens are…injured at a [rate] twice the rate of adults…research should be geared towards teens…We teens have fun and vibrant ways of spreading information and can recruit others to join us in our fight…Hopefully, everyone in this room is listening, because I’m really speaking through my heart. If you’re down with me, then you’re trying to help the teens. (Full comment is available at http://www2a.cdc.gov/niosh-comments/nora-comments/detailedcmts.asp?id=1185&stmt=%28CONTAINS%28%2A%2C+%27+%22MassCOSH%22+%27%29+and+CONTAINS%28%2A%2C+%27+%22Raquel%22+%27%29%29&page=gnl.)
Comments also spanned cross-sector needs to sector-specific suggestions, such as this comment about the health care and social assistance sector grouping:
We need a good series of studies of the impact of irregular hours of work on the health of employees in this industry. This would include shift work, but should not be restricted to “regular” shifts. One of the areas worth exploring is the impact of irregular hours on diet and obesity of workers. (Full comment is available at http://www2a.cdc.gov/niosh-comments/nora-comments/detailedcmts.asp?id=263&stmt=%28CONTAINS%28%2A%2C+%27+%22irregular%22+%27%29+and+CONTAINS%28%2A%2C+%27+%22obesity%22+%27%29%29&page=gnl.)
You can search all
of the comments by visiting the NORA Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora.
MSHA releases biannual newsletter
new mining-related publications are now available.
Technology News. EZ-Up Curtain Stoppings: A Practical Solution for Directing Ventilation Airflows in Large-opening Metal/Nonmetal Mines, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2006-137, can be accessed at /niosh/mining/pubs/pubreference/2006-137.htm.
Technology News. Super Stopping: A Permanent Solid Stopping for Directing Ventilation Airflows in Large-opening Metal/Nonmetal Mines, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2006-134, can be accessed at /niosh/mining/pubs/pubreference/2006-134.htm.
of Investigations 9667. Effectiveness of Selected Diesel Particulate
Matter Control Technologies for Underground Mining Applications: Isolated
Zone Study, 2003, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2006-126, can be accessed
Proceedings from two NIOSH-sponsored conferences are now available.
of a Meeting to Explore the Use of Ergonomics Interventions for the
Mechanical and Electrical Trades, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number
2006-119, can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2006-119/.
Barriers to Effective Use of Hearing Protectors
Respiratory Protection of Healthcare Workers and Emergency Responders
Dermatitis 2006 – Blending
Science with Best Practice
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Children at Work and Play
International Conference on Nanotechnology Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety: Research to Practice
Respiratory Protective Equipment refers to respiratory protective devices
used to prevent potential exposures of emergency responders by inhalation
to airborne chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN)