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Occupational Traumatic Injuries Among Workers in Health Care Facilities — United States, 2012–2014
Nurses (38%) and nursing assistants (19%) accounted for 57% of identified OSHA-recordable injuries. Between 70%–90% of OSHA-recordable patient handling; slips, trips, and falls; and workplace violence injuries occurred among female employees.

Work-Related Asthma — 22 States, 2012
The prevalence of current asthma significantly differed by age, sex, race/ethnicity, and education. Prevalence was highest among persons aged 45–64 years (9.4%), women (11.4%), blacks (12.5%), and those with less than a high school education (9.5%).

Vital Signs: Seat Belt Use Among Long-Haul Truck Drivers — United States, 2010
Improvements in belt design might help increase belt use among LHTDs, especially female truck drivers, who were shown in this survey to be more likely than males to never use a seat belt.

Are Flight Attendants at Higher Risk for Miscarriage?

Worker Illness Related to Newly Marketed Pesticides — Douglas County, Washington, 2014
This report highlights at least three potential occupational hazards in agriculture: off-target pesticide drift, toxicity of some recently marketed pesticides, and a gap in worker notification requirements. In this incident, off-target drift of a pesticide mixture was determined to be the cause of symptoms in 20 farmworkers (19 women and one man).


ATSDR Study Finds Higher Risk of Some Causes of Death for Civilian Workers at Camp Lejeune

Workplace Exposures and the National Action Plan for Infertility
Less than 5% of all chemicals used in the U.S. have been tested, even in laboratory animals, to determine if they are toxic to reproductive health.


Women’s Health at Work
While workplace exposures can affect both male and female reproduction, issues related to reproduction and pregnancy are of particular concern to women. Find summaries with links to more research of some hazards faced by women in the workplace as well as links to industry-specific research from CDC that relates to women.

Women and Stress at Work
Workplace policies that address work schedule flexibility, telework, dependent care, and career development/advancement are particularly beneficial to women. Such efforts are most effective when done with employee input and participation, and provide long-term benefits to employee health and productivity.


Sleep and Work (3/302012)
A growing number of American workers are not getting enough sleep. Research shows an increase from 24% in the 1980s to 30% in the 2000s in the percentage of American civilian workers reporting 6 or fewer hours of sleep per day--a level considered by sleep experts to be too short.

Are You a Teen Worker? (3/302012)
Every 9 minutes, a U.S. teen gets hurt on the job. This guide gives you the facts you need to stay safe and healthy at work. It also shows you what jobs you can (and can’t) do, and it teaches you about your rights and responsibilities as a young worker.

Hair, Formaldehyde, and Industrial Hygiene (3/8/2012)
On January 30, 2012, the California Attorney General announced a settlement with the manufacturer of Brazilian Blowout products that requires the company to warn consumers and hair stylists that two of their most popular hair-smoothing products emit formaldehyde gas.
Nurses’ Miscarriages Linked to Chemicals at Work (3/8/2012)
A new NIOSH study finds a greater-than-expected risk of miscarriages among nurses, associated with occupational exposures to hazardous drugs.

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