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Research, Recommendations and Guidelines


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.


QuickStats: Percentage of Employed Adults Aged 18-64 Years with Current Asthma, Skin Condition, or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Who Were Told Their Condition Was Work-Related, by Sex - National Health Interview Survey, 2010 (12/29/2011)

QuickStats: Percentage of Employed Adults Aged 18-64 Years Who Had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the Past 12 Months, by Sex and Age Group - National Health Interview Survey, 2010 (12/29/2011)

Nail Technicians’ Health and Workplace Exposure Control (3/15/2011)
Nail salon employees are potentially exposed to dozens of chemicals including acrylates, solvents, and biocides as dusts or vapors. A small but growing number of studies have examined possible links between nail technicians' work and health outcomes, such as respiratory, neurological, and musculoskeletal effects, as well as other health conditions.

Vaccines Help Protect Travelers of All Ages (3/15/2011)
Travel within the U.S. or to other countries can be an opportunity for volunteerism or work, fun and relaxation, but also exposure to disease. Make sure you and your loved ones are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases that may be only a plane ride away.

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