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The Future of Wearable Technology in the Workplace

  Mention of a product or service does not constitute and endorsement by NIOSH or the Department of Health and Human Services. An era of remarkable innovation is underway. We’re looking at the advent of brand-new technologies called “Wearable Computers”. Wearable computers, also known as body-borne computers or wearables, are defined as “miniature electronic devices that are worn Read More >

Posted on by Ismail Nabeel MD, MPH FACOEM44 Comments

Can Predictive Analytics Help Reduce Workplace Risk?

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” — Niels Bohr   Text message to chemical plant manager: Chlorine leak expected on line 2 tomorrow. Inspect and repair. High priority email and automatic call to coal mine superintendent: 83% chance of roof fall on section 4. Evacuate immediately and take corrective actions. Monthly Read More >

Posted on by Gregory R. Wagner, M.D.26 Comments

Connecting Occupational Public Health and Patient Care Through Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

This week is Health IT Week which recognizes efforts to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, increase patient safety, decrease medical errors, and strengthen the interaction between patients and healthcare providers via electronic health records (EHR).  NIOSH is working to improve occupational safety and health through health information technology. In 2007, NIOSH undertook a seemingly straightforward Read More >

Posted on by Margaret Filios, M.Sc., RN; Genevieve Barkocy Luensman, Ph.D.; John R Myers, MS; Marie Haring Sweeney, Ph.D.; Kerry Souza, Sc.D., MPH11 Comments

So How Accurate Are These Smartphone Sound Measurement Apps?

NIOSH has released a free smartphone sound measurement app for iOS devices. For more info and to download the app,  see the NIOSH sound level meter app page .  Please share your comments on the related NIOSH science blog post.  As of June 2013, 60% of all mobile subscribers use smartphones—that’s more than 140 million devices. Read More >

Posted on by Chucri A. Kardous, MS, PE and Peter B. Shaw, Ph.D. 172 Comments

Making of the New NIOSH Homepage

What you told us Did you catch the St. Patrick’s Day launch of the new, streamlined NIOSH homepage? For those expecting a routine makeover, we want to take you behind the scenes. For over four years, the NIOSH Web Team has collected information through user testing and from feedback and discussions with users. We heard Read More >

Posted on by Donna Van Bogaert, Ph.D.; Juliann Scholl, Ph.D.; Chris Storms, B.A.3 Comments

Ladder Safety: There’s an App for That

NIOSH recently released its first smart phone application (app) for mobile devices. This free app is aimed at improving extension ladder safety by providing real-time safety information delivered via the latest technology. Falls are a persistent source of injury in many occupations and in home use. Falls are the number one cause of construction-worker fatalities Read More >

Posted on by Peter Simeonov, Ph.D., Hongwei Hsiao, Ph.D, and John Powers 39 Comments

Help! What do you want from a mobile Pocket Guide?

Since its first printing in 1978, the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) continues to be the Institute’s most popular document. The NPG provides general descriptive, exposure, and protective and emergency recommendations for 677 chemicals commonly found in the work environment. Workers, employers, and occupational health professionals all use the NPG in the course Read More >

Posted on by Donna Van Bogaert Ph.D. and Glenn Doyle157 Comments

Lung Cancer Screening in the Occupational Setting – An Update

  Last year we posted two blogs on the use of computerized tomography (CT) scans of the chest for lung cancer screening — Helical CT Scans and Lung Cancer Screening1  and Low-dose CT Scans and Lung Cancer Screening in the Occupational Setting.2   Since the postings, various organizations have provided guidance with differing implications for early detection Read More >

Posted on by Simone Tramma, MD, MS; Eileen Storey, MD, MPH; David Weissman, MD 2 Comments
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