Categories: Personal Protective Equipment, Respirators
May 24th, 2016 11:05 am ET -
Judi Coyne, MBA, MA and Maryann M. D’Alessandro, PhD
“When you purchase a product, you expect it to work. Construction workers on high-rise buildings need to be confident that their safety harnesses will protect them in a fall. Firefighters need to know that their gloves and other protective equipment can withstand high temperatures. Healthcare workers administering highly toxic chemotherapy agents need to know that their gloves will withstand penetration.” [H. Cohen and C. Liverman, Editors, Certifying Personal Protective Technologies Improving Worker Safety, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2011].
How do you know if your personal protective equipment (PPE) will protect you or your workers? To help employers, users of PPE, and others determine which PPE standards must be met by their equipment, NIOSH in collaboration with key partners including the International Safety Equipment Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and other members of the PPE Conformity Assessment Working Group developed the PPE-INFO database.
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Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, Construction, Heat Stress, Outdoor Work
May 23rd, 2016 8:26 am ET -
Brenda Jacklitsch, MS; and Joanna Watson, MSc, DPhil
The approach of summer is a reminder to us all of the need to recognize, and act to prevent, the harmful effects of excessive heat. The White House has designated May 23–27, 2016, as Extreme Heat Week, during which Federal agencies will work with community planners and public health officials to enhance community preparedness for extreme heat events. Workers are particularly vulnerable to the health impacts of heat exposure. Workers may experience longer or more intense heat exposures and are more likely to engage in strenuous physical activity in the heat than the general public. Also, in many cases workers rely on their employers to provide opportunities for limiting their time in the heat, ensuring adequate rest breaks, and promoting hydration.
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Categories: Chemicals, Exposure
May 19th, 2016 11:33 am ET -
Kevin Ashley, Ph.D.
Workers in various industries and occupations can face health risks from exposure to airborne chemical and biological agents. These exposures are typically measured by monitoring workplace air. Air monitoring can also be helpful to determine the effectiveness of controls that are used to minimize worker exposures. While inhalation is the most likely route of exposure in occupational settings, other routes, such as dermal contact with chemical and biological agents, must also be considered. Complementary biomonitoring methods can be used to assess occupational exposures to toxic chemical compounds through measurement of specific analytes such as the parent chemical, its metabolites and/or other biomarkers, in body fluids (normally blood and urine) and tissues.
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Categories: Media, Mining, Technology, Training
May 12th, 2016 11:03 am ET -
Timothy J. Orr
Figure 1 – Pre-evacuation tutorial on using the available multigas meter.
All underground coal miners in the United States receive escape training on a quarterly basis. This training prepares them for exiting the mine in the event of an emergency and it must include walking either the primary or the secondary escape route from their work area to the outside (30 CFR, 2015). As a way to both study the mine emergency escape system and to supplement the existing training, NIOSH researchers developed the Mine Emergency Escape Training (or MEET) software. MEET uses a virtual immersive environment to create an underground coal mine escape experience focusing on knowledge of escape procedures while utilizing judgment and decision making skills. While NIOSH uses MEET as a research tool, others can use it in new miner, annual refresher, or emergency response training. MEET is appropriate for underground coal miners at any skill or experience level. NIOSH is offering the MEET software to developers interested in tailoring the training as well as to mine safety and health trainers, safety managers and others who can use it “out-of-the-box” for their training needs.
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