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200 and Counting!

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This is the 200th post to the NIOSH Science Blog.  In our nearly seven years of posting we have covered topics ranging from nanotechnology to noise-induced hearing loss for workers at the World Cup.  Since our first post in 2007, the blog has received 1,155,680 views. Our top five most popular blogs are: N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks; Preventing Back Injuries in Health Care Settings; Workplace Stress; Frequency of Respirator Fit Testing; and Truck Driver Safety and Health.

Social Media at NIOSH – The Year in Review

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Last year in January we highlighted the top blogs of the previous year.  This year we are taking it one step further to include our top contributions from 2013 across all NIOSH social media channels. It may be news to you that NIOSH is active in some of these areas.  If you didn’t know NIOSH was on Facebook or had a Linkedin account, add “exploring NIOSH social media channels” to your list of New Year’s resolutions. 

Horrible Bosses: Workplace violence in the real world

Categories: Manufacturing, Media, Service Sector, Stress, Violence, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Women

Horrible bosses. If you’ve had one, hopefully they were not as bad as those portrayed by Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Colin Farrell in the newly released movie of the same name. While the plot and characters are exaggerated and the comic elements may not be to everyone’s taste, the movie highlights the very real issues of work stress and violence. Each week in the United States, an average of 33,000 workers are assaulted on the job and 14 are murdered. By and large, robbery-related factors account for the toll of homicide at work. The situations portrayed in the movie are not typical—worker-on-worker (or boss) violence accounts for only about 8% of workplace homicides. More than half of all workplace homicides occur in retail or service settings such as conveniences stores, taxicab services, and gas stations with the majority of these homicides occurring during a robbery.

Tales of Toil

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Book cover reading 'Occupational Safety and Health in Literature - John Henry'Mikael Blomkvist risks his life to conduct investigative journalism. Candido and America navigate day-labor sites and accept significant hazards in their work. Abilene, a black maid in 1960′s Mississippi, describes her working conditions in white households. Jacob Jankowski cares for circus lions and elephants but fears his boss and co-workers. Books like The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Tortilla Curtain, The Help, and Water for Elephants can get to the heart of workplace issues within the context of a page turner. Books have the ability to go beyond the fatalities and injuries reported in the news or the safety information presented by NIOSH and others to delve into the complexities of how these issues affect individuals, families, and communities.

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