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OSH in the Movies: This Time It’s Personal

Categories: Media, Sports and Entertainment

Cinema marqueeIf our original blog entry on Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter has demonstrated anything, it is that OSH-related issues permeate the movies—whether they are from Hollywood or Bollywood, blockbusters or independent films, foreign flicks or documentaries—and whether the OSH issues are portrayed on screen or occurred while making the movies. A recent release from Peru, “The Milk of Sorrow” [La teta asustada], describes a young woman exploited by her employer while working as a maid. Another recent release, “Last Train Home,” portrays the devastating impact of occupational stress on migrant workers in present-day China caught between its rural past and industrial future. And lest the reader be lulled into thinking occupational hazards are relegated to America’s past, “The Company Men,” opening in October, describes the stress and disruption of workplace downsizing on the lives of three workers (Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper), their families and their communities.

OSH in the Movies: The full list

Categories: Media, Sports and Entertainment

 

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Below are the 82 films we collectively recommended as relating—in some manner—to OSH, along with their release dates, directors, viewer ratings, and comments and summaries. Find your favorites and vote for them in the comments.

State-based Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance

Categories: Policy and Programs

How did NIOSH and its partners find out that dusty work conditions were putting highway repair workers at risk for developing a potentially severe lung disease called silicosis? The answer: state-based occupational health surveillance. Occupational health surveillance, which is the tracking of occupational injuries, illnesses, hazards and exposures for the purposes of improving worker safety and health and monitoring trends and progress over time, plays a vital role in worker protection. Surveillance data are used by the safety and health community to inform real-world safety and health prevention efforts and focus resources to protect workers.

High Speeds, Higher Decibels

Categories: Hearing Loss

stock cars all in a rowStock car racing is loud. Many fans and drivers like it that way. “Noise is part of NASCAR,” we are often told. We get it. In fact, efforts to reduce the noise in the 1970s by installing mufflers were quickly abandoned because the quiet cars were unpopular with racing teams and spectators alike. The problem is that repeated exposure to noise comes with consequences—permanent and irreversible consequences like hearing loss and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). For many years, those in the industry seemed to accept hearing problems as “part of the job.” As drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Cale Yarborough, and Richard Petty come forward about their hearing loss (see Tania Ganguli’s “Hearing loss an inevitable part of racecar driving” in the Orlando Sentinel, 2/15/2009), we hope others in the industry will begin to take the issue more seriously.

 
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