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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906533/walking-working-surfaces-and-personal-protective-equipment-fall-protection-systems-final-rule
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OSHA is revising and updating its general industry standards on walking-working surfaces to prevent and reduce workplace slips, trips, and falls, as well as other injuries and fatalities associated with walking-working surface hazards. The final rule includes revised and new provisions addressing, for example, fixed ladders; rope descent systems; fall protection systems and criteria, including personal fall protection systems; and training on fall hazards and fall protection systems. In addition, the final rule adds requirements on the design, performance, and use of personal fall protection systems...
November 18, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854198/investigation-of-the-cytotoxicity-antioxidative-and-immune-modulatory-effects-of-ligusticum-porteri-osha-root-extract-on-human-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes
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Khanh Nguyen, Jean Sparks, Felix O Omoruyi
OBJECTIVE: Ligusticum porteri is a traditional Native American herb. The roots of L. porteri are traditionally used in the treatment of many diseases, however, its cytotoxicity, antioxidative and immune-modulatory effects need to be investigated. In this study, we evaluated the effects of the root extract at different doses on human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs). METHODS: The lymphocytes were incubated with different concentrations of the root extracts (0, 50, 100, 200, and 400 μg/mL) and harvested every 6 h for 2 d (P<0...
November 2016: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849127/commentary-on-the-regulatory-implications-of-noise-induced-cochlear-neuropathy
#3
Robert A Dobie, Larry E Humes
OBJECTIVE: A discussion on whether recent research on noise-induced cochlear neuropathy in rodents justifies changes in current regulation of occupational noise exposure. DESIGN: Informal literature review and commentary, relying on literature found in the authors' files. No formal literature search was performed. STUDY SAMPLE: Published literature on temporary threshold shift (TTS) and cochlear pathology, in humans and experimental animals, as well as the regulations of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)...
November 16, 2016: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846826/natural-product-htp-screening-for-antibacterial-e-coli-0157-h7-and-anti-inflammatory-agents-in-lps-from-e-coli-o111-b4-activated-macrophages-and-microglial-cells-focus-on-sepsis
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Elizabeth A Mazzio, Nan Li, David Bauer, Patricia Mendonca, Equar Taka, Mohammed Darb, Leeshawn Thomas, Henry Williams, Karam F A Soliman
BACKGROUND: Acute systemic inflammatory response syndrome arising from infection can lead to multiple organ failure and death, with greater susceptibility occurring in immunocompromised individuals. Moreover, sub-acute chronic inflammation is a contributor to the pathology of diverse degenerative diseases (Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and arthritis). Given the known limitations in Western medicine to treat a broad range of inflammatory related illness as well as the emergence of antibiotic resistance, there is a renewed interest in complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) to achieve these means...
November 15, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801392/a-review-of-occupational-injury-research-in-malaysia
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C S Ganesh, R Krishnan
A literature review of 16 papers on occupational injury research in Malaysia published during a 13-year period from 2000-2013 was carried out. The objective of this review and article selection was based on relevance to the research theme and mention of areas for future research. Most of the publications have focused on descriptive epidemiology, management practices, worker's knowledge, attitude, training, and rehabilitation services. The transportation, agriculture and construction sectors were found to be the most hazardous sectors and would benefit the most from Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) research and interventions...
June 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792470/increased-sensitivity-of-osha-method-analysis-of-diacetyl-and-2-3-pentanedione-in-air
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Ryan LeBouf, Michael Simmons
Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) operated in selected ion monitoring mode was used to enhance the sensitivity of OSHA Methods 1013/1016 for measuring diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione in air samples. The original methods use flame ionization detection which cannot achieve the required sensitivity to quantify samples at or below the NIOSH recommended exposure limits (REL: 5 ppb for diacetyl and 9.3 ppb for 2,3-pentanedione) when sampling for both diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione. OSHA Method 1012 was developed to measure diacetyl at lower levels but requires an electron capture detector, and a sample preparation time of 36 hours...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792033/assessment-of-dust-exposure-in-a-steel-plant-in-the-eastern-coast-of-peninsular-malaysia
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A H Nurul, B M T Shamsul, I Noor Hassim
BACKGROUND: Steel manufacturing produces dust, fumes, and pollutant gases that may give adverse health effects to the respiratory function of workers. Improper occupational hygiene practice in the workplace will affect both workers wellbeing and productivity. OBJECTIVE: To assess the level of particulate matter [(PM2.5, PM10, and Total Particulate Matter (TPM)], and trace metal dust concentrations in different sections of a steel plant and compare with the occupational exposure values...
October 28, 2016: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779309/effectiveness-of-osha-outreach-training-on-carpenters-work-related-injury-rates-washington-state-2000-2008
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Ashley L Schoenfisch, Hester Lipscomb, Clayton Sinyai, Darrin Adams
INTRODUCTION: Despite the size and breadth of OSHA's Outreach Training program for construction, information on its impact on work-related injury rates is limited. METHODS: In a 9-year dynamic cohort of 17,106 union carpenters in Washington State, the effectiveness of OSHA Outreach Training on workers' compensation claims rate was explored. Injury rates were calculated by training status overall and by carpenters' demographic and work characteristics using Poisson regression...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768266/procedures-for-the-handling-of-retaliation-complaints-under-section-1558-of-the-affordable-care-act-final-rule
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This document provides the final text of regulations governing employee protection (retaliation or whistleblower) claims under section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act, which added section 18C to the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide protections to employees who may have been subject to retaliation for seeking assistance under certain affordability assistance provisions (for example, health insurance premium tax credits) or for reporting potential violations of the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections (for example, the prohibition on rescissions)...
October 13, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758935/the-american-association-of-occupational-health-nurses-respiratory-protection-education-program-and-resources-webkit-for-occupational-health-professionals
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Lisa Pompeii, Annette Byrd, George L Delclos, Sadie H Conway
Organizations are required to adhere to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134) if they have workers that wear a respirator on the job. They must also have an employee "suitably trained" to administer their program. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and its National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory have worked to champion the occupational health nurse in this role by collaborating with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses to develop free, online respiratory protection training and resources (RPP Webkit)...
December 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754812/determination-of-airborne-concentrations-of-dichlorvos-over-a-range-of-temperatures-when-using-commercially-available-pesticide-strips-in-a-simulated-military-guard-post
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Mark A Otto, Nicholas J Martin, Jennifer S Rous, Michael E Stevens
Dichlorvos is a chemical compound which has been used for decades as a pesticide. Potential inhalational exposure to dichlorvos vapor associated with using commercially-based, dichlorvos-impregnated resin strips in a simulated military guard post was evaluated. A varying number of these pesticide strips, ranging from the manufacturer's guidelines ((3)-16 g strips) up to a full package of strips ((12)-16 g strips), were placed in a small, enclosed space (2.31 m × 2.26 m × 2.44 m, 12.7 m(3)), which was similar in size to a typical military guard post...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733733/occupational-safety-and-health-system-for-workers-engaged-in-emergency-response-operations-in-the-usa
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Hiroyuki Toyoda, Tatsuhiko Kubo, Koji Mori
OBJECTIVES: To study the occupational safety and health systems used for emergency response workers in the USA, we performed interviews with related federal agencies and conducted research on related studies. METHODS: We visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the USA and performed interviews with their managers on the agencies' roles in the national emergency response system. We also obtained information prepared for our visit from the USA's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)...
October 12, 2016: Sangyō Eiseigaku Zasshi, Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717301/respirable-dust-and-silica-exposure-among-world-trade-center-cleanup-workers
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Brian T Pavilonis, Franklin E Mirer
The cleanup effort following the destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) was unprecedented and involved removal of 1.8 million tons of rubble over a nine month period. Work at the site occurred 24 hours a day, seven days a week and involved thousands of workers during the process. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted personal and area exposure sampling during the cleanup of the site. Secondary data analysis was performed on OSHA air sampling data for respirable dust and silica from September 2001 to June 2002 at the WTC recovery site to characterize workers' exposure...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27715715/comparison-between-active-pumped-and-passive-diffusive-sampling-methods-for-formaldehyde-in-pathology-and-histology-laboratories
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Eun Gyung Lee, Rana Magrm, Mohannad Kusti, Michael L Kashon, Steven Guffey, Michelle M Costas, Carie J Boykin, Martin Harper
This study was to determine occupational exposures to formaldehyde and to compare concentrations of formaldehyde obtained by active and passive sampling methods. In one pathology and one histology laboratories, exposure measurements were collected with sets of active air samplers (Supelco LpDNPH tubes) and passive badges (ChemDisk Aldehyde Monitor 571). Sixty-six sample pairs (49 personal and 17 area) were collected and analyzed by NIOSH NMAM 2016 for active samples and OSHA Method 1007 (using the manufacturer's updated uptake rate) for passive samples...
January 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27715500/self-reported-occupational-injuries-among-industrial-beef-slaughterhouse-workers-in-the-midwestern-united-states
#15
Jessica H Leibler, Melissa J Perry
Although workers in meatpacking facilities in the United States experience high rates of occupational injury, their injury experiences have received limited research attention. Prior research indicates underreporting in injury rates in this industry as well significant variation in injury rates among facilities. To add detail to the rates and circumstances surrounding occupational injury among meatpacking workers, we conducted a cross-sectional study of workers employed at an industrial beefpacking plant in Nebraska, United States (n = 137) and interviewed workers about recent injury experiences...
August 11, 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27698304/job-stress-models-for-predicting-burnout-syndrome-a-review
#16
Francesco Chirico
In Europe, the Council Directive 89/391 for improvement of workers' safety and health has emphasized the importance of addressing all occupational risk factors, and hence also psychosocial and organizational risk factors. Nevertheless, the construct of "work-related stress" elaborated from EU-OSHA is not totally corresponding with the "psychosocial" risk, that is a broader category of risk, comprising various and different psychosocial risk factors. The term "burnout", without any binding definition, tries to integrate symptoms as well as cause of the burnout process...
July 2016: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27687528/respiratory-health-effects-of-occupational-exposure-to-charcoal-dust-in-namibia
#17
Ndinomholo Hamatui, Rajen N Naidoo, Nnenesi Kgabi
BACKGROUND: Charcoal processing activities can increase the risk of adverse respiratory outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To determine dose-response relationships between occupational exposure to charcoal dust, respiratory symptoms and lung function among charcoal-processing workers in Namibia. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 307 workers from charcoal factories in Namibia. All respondents completed interviewer-administered questionnaires...
August 15, 2016: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27581116/how-does-serum-brain-natriuretic-peptide-level-change-under-nasal-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-hypopnea-syndrome
#18
Sameh Msaad, Rim Marrakchi, Malek Grati, Rahma Gargouri, Samy Kammoun, Kamel Jammoussi, Ilhem Yangui
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, which can be improved by using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. However, the pathophysiological links between the two kinds of disease and the mechanism of the CPAP effect remain incompletely understood. We aimed to inquire into the myocardial involvement in this relationship. We suggested that serum brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is sensitive enough to detect myocardial stress caused by OSAHS...
2016: Libyan Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27575350/radon-in-the-workplace-the-occupational-safety-and-health-administration-osha-ionizing-radiation-standard
#19
Robert K Lewis
On 29 December 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This article on OSHA, Title 29, Part 1910.1096 Ionizing Radiation standard was written to increase awareness of the employer, the workforce, state and federal governments, and those in the radon industry who perform radon testing and radon mitigation of the existence of these regulations, particularly the radon relevant aspect of the regulations. This review paper was also written to try to explain what can sometimes be complicated regulations...
October 2016: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27540829/a-faceoff-with-hazardous-noise-noise-exposure-and-hearing-threshold-shifts-of-indoor-hockey-officials
#20
Karin L Adams, William J Brazile
Noise exposure and hearing thresholds of indoor hockey officials of the Western States Hockey League were measured to assess the impact of hockey game noise on hearing sensitivity. Twenty-nine hockey officials who officiated the league in an arena in southeastern Wyoming in October, November and December 2014 participated in the study. Personal noise dosimetry was conducted to determine if officials were exposed to an equivalent sound pressure level greater than 85 dBA. Hearing thresholds were measured before and after hockey games to determine if a 10 dB or greater temporary threshold shift in hearing occurred...
August 19, 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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