Volume 5 Number 1 May 2007
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MMWR Observes Workers Memorial Day 2007
NIOSH Recognizes Excellence and Dedication in Occupational Safety and
In Memoriam: Dr. Kevin Granata
Two Research Articles Address Obesity and the Workplace
Public Comments Accepted for Endicott-Study Draft Feasibility Report,
Draft Asbestos Research Roadmap
Notice of Public Meeting
OSHA Issue Safety Bulletin on Blunt-Tip Needles
the NIOSH Director at the “AIHce Morning Show”
of New CDC Homepage
Registration for WorkLife 2007
NIOSH and EPA MOU
Youth Job Safety Campaign Focuses on Construction
NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Reports
One of NIOSH’s priorities has always been good communication in various meanings of the term. From the time we opened shop in 1971, we have prided ourselves on our vigorous development and dissemination of scientific information – the one-way street of communication, if you will. We have been equally proud of our record in fostering and maintaining a dialogue with an ever-expanding audience of stakeholders on the parallel, two-way avenue of interaction.
For the first 25 years of our existence, we relied on the instruments available at the time: the printing press, the hard-wire telephone, and the face-to-face meeting. Then came the Information Revolution. Having become accustomed so quickly to Web sites, cell phones, blogs, memory sticks, and other fixtures of modern communication, it is sometimes difficult to realize that many of these standbys have been around for less than a decade.
Thanks to this explosion of capabilities, communication can engage more people more effectively than ever before. We in NIOSH have tried to take advantage of those opportunities to better serve our partners in occupational safety and health. This month’s issue of eNews points up some examples:
In times past, the flow of information usually ceased for the day when the printing press was shut down, the lights in the office were turned off for the night, and everybody went home. Thanks to modern technology, communication from and with NIOSH is no longer limited by circumstances to eight hours a day, five days a week. It is 24/7.
As also noted elsewhere
in this issue, NIOSH lost a valued colleague in last month’s tragedy
at Virginia Tech. Dr. Kevin Granata was a respected
scientist and a good friend of NIOSH. As an instructor, a mentor, an
innovator, and an internationally recognized expert in biomechanics,
he was a shining light of our professional community. We extend our
deepest sympathy to his family and associates.
observance of Workers Memorial Day, April 28, the latest issue of the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity
and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) highlights new data from NIOSH
research in three areas: lung disease among flavor-manufacturing workers,
nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, and lead exposure among
women of childbearing age. The April 27 issue can be viewed at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5616.pdf.
On May 1, NIOSH presented the annual Alice Hamilton Award, James P. Keogh Award, and Bullard-Sherwood Research-to-Practice Award.
remembers Dr. Kevin Granata, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
at Virginia Tech. Dr. Granata was one of 32 victims of the April 16 shootings.
Professor Granata was a NIOSH research grantee for over 10 years and his
research focused on the biomechanics of lifting, including the effects of
posture, spinal cord stability, and exercise on the risk for occupational
lower back injuries. One of the chief findings from his research was that
the benefit of exercise for reducing injuries is related to an improvement
in neuromuscular control and spinal stability, a valuable finding for the
development of personal and industry-sponsored exercise programs intended
to reduce lower back disorders. NIOSH honors Dr. Granata for his contributions
to reducing occupational injuries and for his heroic actions on that day
to save his students. To read more about Dr. Granata’s outstanding
career, visit the VT Web page, http://www.esm.vt.edu/php/newsItem.php?item=151.
“Work, Obesity, and Public Health” discusses key areas in which work, obesity and occupational safety and health may intersect, based on available scientific evidence, and highlights the ethical, legal, and social issues related to the topic. The article, co-authored by 11 NIOSH scientists and one external partner, appears in the March 2007 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/full/97/3/428.
Results from a NIOSH-funded
study by Duke University researchers of the relationship between obesity
and workers’ compensation claims and
costs appear in the April 2007 Archives of Internal Medicine. http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/167/8/766.
Draft Feasibility Report: Deadline May 28
Draft Asbestos Research Roadmap: Deadline May 31
hold a public meeting on May 22 in Arlington, VA for the public to provide
input regarding issues related to safety, health and best practices for
injury and illness prevention in the horse racing industry. http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-7855.htm.
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have jointly published
a Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB) designed to help protect
surgical personnel from needle stick injuries while using suture needles.
NIOSH has partnered with industry to develop a dual
cab fire-inerting system to prevent and suppress mining equipment cab fires.
The system is currently in production by Ansul Co. (Reference to a company
name or product does not constitute a commercial endorsement by NIOSH.)
More details about the technology are available at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/pubs/pubreference/outputid2288.htm,
or by contacting Maria DeRosa, NIOSH (MDerosa@cdc.gov).
|A report by a NIOSH
scientist and a colleague in the April 13 issue of CDC’s Morbidity
and Mortality Weekly Report provides findings and recommendations on preventing
nail-gun injuries to workers and consumers in the United States. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5614a2.htm.
Attendees of the “2007 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce)” will have the opportunity to participate in the “AIHce Morning Show.” During this unique general session, NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D., and Edwin Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, will answer attendees’ question. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 7.
While attending the “AIHce
Expo 2007,” be
sure to check out the NIOSH pavilion featuring audiology demonstrations
(#1335) and the NIOSH exhibit booth (#1329) for the latest safety information.
For more information on AIHce, visit http://www.aiha.org/Content/CE/aihce.
March 2007, the Technology Evaluation Branch (TEB) of NPPTL closed a total
of 60 projects. Twenty-three products were granted approvals while 32 received
denials, and five applications were withdrawn by the manufacturer. Of the
approvals, eight were new products, 12 were modifications of products that
had been previously approved, and two were certified product investigations.
During the month of March, TEB received 26 applications for extensions
of approval and three applications for new approvals. The Engineering Evaluation
team conducted two quality assurance manual audits to evaluate the quality
assurance process and manufacturing practices. There was one new approval
or modification of approval for chemical, biological, radiological and
nuclear (CBRN) respirators.
NIOSH has developed a new NIOSH Web page for the NIOSH Docket,
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docket. The Docket is a repository of NIOSH policy
products, including Federal Register Notices, transcripts of public meetings
and external peer review comments.
19, CDC unveiled a new Web design and format designed to improve the usability
and performance of the CDC web page, http://www.cdc.gov. NIOSH is part
of CDC. Included in the redesign is an updated workplace safety and health
site, http://www.cdc.gov/Workplace, featuring NIOSH safety and health information.
ends May 31, for the “WorkLife
2007: Protecting and Promoting Worker Health Symposium.” For more
information go to http://www.worklife2007.com/registration0.asp.
NIOSH congratulates the following employees on their recent accomplishments:
|National Safety Council Webinar
The National Safety Council (NSC) presents “Putting Research into Practice: Innovations in Safety at Work,” a series of four Webinars or Web-based seminar broadcasts covering current workplace safety and health issues. Each webinar features NIOSH scientists and industry experts connecting the latest research findings with applications and actions that address risks found in many workplaces. The series begins May 8. http://www.nsc.org/email/79499niosh.
NIOSH and EPA MOU
Happening in NORA?
The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora, has been updated to give a brief overview to newcomers and provide detailed information to experts. Visit the site to learn about the sector approach, submit comments, or volunteer. Want to know who is on the NORA Sector Councils or what topics are under consideration by each Council? Click on the “Councils” link. Information about NORA Symposium 2006, the Town Hall meetings or accomplishments in the first decade is still readily accessible. As always, send a note to NORACoordinator@cdc.gov to discuss any issue.
Partners Release Handbook for Criminal and Epidemiological
Youth Job Safety Campaign Focuses on Construction
The Manufacturing Sector
The Health Care and Social Assistance Sector
Professional Development Conference - Safety 2007”
and Environmental Exposures of Skin to Chemicals”
Johnson Conference: Workplace Aerosol Sampling to Meet ISO Size-Selective
“3rd International Symposium on Nanotechnology, Occupational and Environmental
2007: Protecting and Promoting Worker Health Symposium”
Roofing Expo 2008”
Cab Fire-Inerting System: A
technology for preventing and suppressing fires inside the cabs
of mining equipment to protect employees who are operating the
equipment. When a fire is detected in the cab or in the engine
of the equipment, an inert gas mixture is discharged into the
cab through nozzles. The mixture reduces the oxygen concentration
in the cab to a level low enough to prevent the ignition of flammable
vapors evolved during engine hydraulic fluid and fuel fires and/or
to suppress combustion, but high enough to remain breathable.