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The Silica/Asphalt Milling Machine Partnership – All Good Things Need Not Come to an End

Categories: Construction, Engineering Control, Respiratory Health

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A recent ceremony at World of Asphalt 2015 celebrated the success of the Silica/Asphalt Milling Machine Partnership’s accomplishments to develop and validate engineering controls for silica dust in asphalt milling operations. The partnership between government, industry, labor was coordinated by the National Asphalt Pavement Association over the past decade to design, test, and implement engineering controls for asphalt milling machines to effectively reduce potential silica exposure below NIOSH’s recommended exposure limit (REL) of 0.05 mg/m3.

Violence in Healthcare

Categories: Healthcare, Violence

 

In the healthcare setting, workplace violence may occur in many forms including: an active shooter, a disruptive patient, or as ongoing incivility from a colleague. The most commonly reported form of violence in healthcare is from the disruptive patient or patient’s family member. In 2013, healthcare workers reported an estimated 9,200 workplace violence incidents requiring time away from work to recover, with the majority of these perpetrated by patients or their family members1. This represents 67% of all nonfatal violence-related injuries from an industry that only represents 11.5% of all workers.

A Story of Impact….

Categories: Hearing Loss

 

It starts with an agency wanting to better protect its workers from hearing loss. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that conducts measurement research, develops technological standards and performs other important functions. NIST was upgrading the hearing conservation program for its 138 noise-exposed workers and wanted its criteria to be based on science. Current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations were being followed, but the medical officer questioned whether more could be done to protect worker hearing and needed evidence to support changes. NIST contacted the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) via the Occupational Hearing Loss Surveillance Project. NIOSH provided NIST with information and links to documents such as the NIOSH Practical Guide for Preventing Occupational Hearing Loss.

Workplace Medical Mystery Solved: Blurry vision affects a print press operator

Categories: Workplace Medical Mystery

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It turns out Jim wasn’t the only one at work with vision problems (see mystery).

To his surprise, Jim discovered almost all of his co-workers who worked the line with him at the label production plant had experienced some sort of vision problems over the last year—including changes in vision, blurred vision or irritation. Once workers and supervisors compared notes, the company requested a Health Hazard Evaluation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). After taking workers’ job and medical histories, performing eye examinations, taking air samples, reviewing the literature on visual effects associated with chemicals commonly found in printing and other industrial processes, and analyzing samples of the ink used at the plant, the investigators arrived at a plausible association between the workers’ jobs and their symptoms.

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