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Workplace Medical Mystery Solved: Influenza-like Illness Sickens Golf Course Worker

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Workplace Medical Mystery Solved: Golf Course Worker Becomes Ill with an Influenza-like Illness

MMpurpSolvedWith five golf course maintenance staff sick, the golf course superintendent was suspicious. Either something really contagious is going around or there is something at the course making the staff sick, he thought. Not taking any chances, the superintendent informed the course’s general manager who called the local health department.

A day earlier, course maintenance worker Chris and four of his colleagues helped to unload a trailer of wood chips to spread around trees and shrubs on the golf course. Within about 5 hours Chris became so ill and short of breath he went to the local emergency room. All five workers who helped unload the trailer became ill within 4-14 hours and two workers were too sick to work the next day. Those who just helped spread the wood chips around the course were not sick.

NIOSH Research Highlights Importance of Rigorous Standards for Gowns Used to Protect Healthcare Workers

Categories: Bloodborne pathogens, Emergency Response/Public Sector, Healthcare, Personal Protective Equipment

 

Recent research performed at the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), with support from Nelson Laboratories, suggests that some isolation gowns do not meet the performance standards established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

Isolation gowns are the second-most-used piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) in hospitals, following gloves (Holguin, 2011). Hospital isolation gowns are worn to protect healthcare workers during procedures and patient-care activities when anticipating contact with blood, bodily fluids, secretions and excretions (Siegel, 2007). The threat of emerging infectious diseases, such as Ebola virus disease and pandemic influenza, has highlighted the need for effective PPE to protect both healthcare workers and their patients.

Workplace Medical Mystery: Influenza-like Illness Sickens Golf Course Worker

Categories: Workplace Medical Mystery

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Chris was thrilled to have landed a summer job working at the local golf course. He was going to be a junior in college and he knew forthcoming summers would entail internships in a dark, windowless office. Chris loves playing golf and  this job would give him the opportunity to play for free whenever he had the chance.

Chris’s job at the golf course was “course maintenance.” On a typical day he arrived at 4 a.m. to mow the greens and place the pins before the first golfers teed off. He was also responsible for making repairs to the tee boxes, greens, and fairways as well as other odd landscaping jobs around the course.

After working at the course for about a month, Chris and some of his colleagues were assigned some new tasks by their manager, the golf course superintendent. Half the team would be spraying parts of the course with a pesticide to help reduce the number of mosquitos the golfers had been complaining about. Chris and eight of his co-workers would be unloading a trailer of wood chips and spreading them around some of the decorative trees and shrubs on the course.

Turn it Down: Reducing the Risk of Hearing Disorders Among Musicians

Categories: Hearing Loss, Sports and Entertainment

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Have you ever gone to a concert or performance and found your ears ringing on the way home?  Imagine if that was your job and your ears were exposed regularly to such loud sound levels?  Orchestra players, music teachers, conductors, DJ’s, band members, singers, sound engineers, and many others may be exposed to dangerously high music levels as part of their work. Professional musicians work and practice in a variety of venues, ranging from large music halls, theatres, and arenas to smaller clubs or music rooms in schools and universities. Overexposure to sound, both in terms of intensity and duration, is common. Musicians value and need good hearing for their jobs, but many are not fully aware of the risks associated with exposure to potentially harmful sound levels or the options for reducing these exposures without compromising their performance abilities.

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