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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431498/migrant-workers-in-italy-an-analysis-of-injury-risk-taking-into-account-occupational-characteristics-and-job-tenure
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Massimiliano Giraudo, Antonella Bena, Giuseppe Costa
BACKGROUND: Migrants resident in Italy exceeded 5 million in 2015, representing 8.2% of the resident population. The study of the mechanisms that explain the differential health of migrant workers (as a whole and for specific nationalities) has been identified as a priority for research. The international literature has shown that migrant workers have a higher risk of total and fatal injury than natives, but some results are conflicting. The aim of this paper is to study the injury risk differentials between migrants, born in countries with strong migratory pressure (SMPC), and workers born in high income countries (HIC), taking into account individual and firm characteristics and job tenure...
April 22, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430556/pneumoconioses-radiographs-in-a-large-population-of-u-s-coal-workers-variability-in-a-reader-and-b-reader-classifications-by-using-the-international-labour-office-classification
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Cara N Halldin, David J Blackley, Edward L Petsonk, A Scott Laney
Purpose To assess the level of concordance between chest radiographic classifications of A and B Readers in a national surveillance program offered to U.S. coal miners over an approximate 36-year period. Materials and Methods The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) is a surveillance program with nonresearch designation and is exempt from Human Subjects Review Board approval (11-DRDS-NR03). Thirty-six years of data (1979-2015) from the CWHSP were analyzed, which included all conventional screen-film radiographs with a classification by at least one A Reader and one B Reader...
April 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429681/microwave-diathermy-in-physiotherapy-units-a-survey-on-spatial-and-time-heterogeneity-of-electromagnetic-field
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Andreas Andrikopoulos, Adam Adamopoulos, Ioannis Seimenis, Constantinos Miltiadis Koutsojannis
Microwave diathermy (MWD) is a therapeutic system that is in use for some decades now in all physiotherapy settings, according to national facility establishment regulations. Diathermy devices probably lack validity, as working time passes, introducing the need of control/reset of the device by qualified personnel, in order to maintain its effectiveness in sessions and accurately deliver the energy output the physiotherapist asks for. However, while in the field of physical therapy MWD has been a vital part for practicing the profession of physiotherapist, there is not a clear evidence of health burden due to incorrect usability...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429630/new-and-emerging-risks-associated-with-green-workplaces
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Dorota Elżbieta Wandzich, Grażyna Anna Płaza
Work environments are continuously changing with the introduction of new technologies, substances and work processes, changes in the structure of the workforce and labor market, and new forms of employment and work organization. New work situations bring both risks and challenges for workers and employers, which, in turn, may require political, administrative, technical, and regulatory approaches to ensure worker safety and health. This article is based on a European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) report, Green Jobs and Occupational Safety and Health, that detailed new and emerging risks to occupational safety and health associated with new technologies in green jobs...
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427336/protocol-for-the-home-hazards-removal-program-harp-study-a-pragmatic-randomized-clinical-trial-and-implementation-study
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Susan Stark, Emily Somerville, Marian Keglovits, Jane Conte, Melody Li, Yi-Ling Hu, Yan Yan
BACKGROUND: Falls remain the leading cause of injury, long-term disability, premature institutionalization, and injury-related mortality in the older adult population. Home modifications, when delivered by occupational therapists, can reduce falls among high-risk community-dwelling older adults by 39%. However, home-modification implementation is not standard practice in the United States. The goal of the Home Hazard Removal Program (HARP) study is to implement an evidence-based home modification intervention for older adults designed to reduce the incidence of falls through an aging services network...
April 20, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426321/hansae-vietnam-s-garment-factory-latest-example-of-how-corporate-social-responsibility-has-failed-to-protect-workers
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Garrett Brown
A Korean-operated garment factory complex in Vietnam was subject to 26 separate corporate social responsibility (CSR) audits in 2015. However, thorough inspections by two other non-governmental organizations in 2016 found numerous violations of Vietnamese occupational health and safety and labor laws as well as violations of the corporate codes of conduct of the international clothing brands which source apparel from the facility. The 2016 investigations indicate the lack of efficacy of the 2015 CSR audits and call into question whether voluntary CSR programs and audits by for-profit CSR monitoring companies can effectively protect the health, safety and legal rights of workers in global supply chains...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422921/population-based-estimate-of-trauma-related-deaths-for-law-enforcement-personnel-risks-for-death-are-higher-and-increasing-over-time
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Alexander L Eastman, Michael W Cripps, Kareem R Abdelfattah, Kenji Inaba, Thomas G Weiser, David A Spain, Kristan L Staudenmayer
OBJECTIVE: Trauma-related deaths remain an important public health problem. One group susceptible to death due to traumatic mechanisms is U.S. Law Enforcement (LE). We hypothesized that LE officers experienced a higher chance of violent death compared to the general U.S. population and that risks have increased over time. METHODS: The National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Occupational Mortality Surveillance (NOMS) is a population-based survey of occupational deaths...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420084/assessment-of-the-occupational-health-and-food-safety-risks-associated-with-the-traditional-slaughter-and-consumption-of-goats-in-gauteng-south-africa
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Daniel N Qekwana, Cheryl M E McCrindle, James W Oguttu, Delia Grace
BACKGROUND: This study assessed the occupational health and food safety risks associated with the traditional slaughter of goats and the consumption of such meat in Tshwane, South Africa. METHODS: A convenience sample of 105 respondents agreed to be interviewed using structured questionnaires. RESULTS: A high proportion (62.64%) of practitioners admitted to not wearing protective clothing during slaughter. Slaughtering was mainly carried out by males (99%) with experience (62...
April 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419895/electrochemical-oxidation-of-iron-and-alkalinity-generation-for-efficient-sulfide-control-in-sewers
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Hui-Wen Lin, Caroline Kustermans, Eleni Vaiopoulou, Antonin Prévoteau, Korneel Rabaey, Zhiguo Yuan, Ilje Pikaar
The addition of iron salts is one of the most commonly used dosing strategies for sulfide control in sewers. However, iron salts decrease the sewage pH which not only reduces the effectiveness of sulfide precipitation but also enhances the release of residual sulfide to the sewer atmosphere. Equally important, concentrated iron salt solutions are corrosive and their frequent transport, handling, and on-site storage often come with Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) concerns. Here, we experimentally demonstrated a novel sulfide control approach using electrochemical systems with parallel placed iron electrodes...
April 15, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419796/-third-working-conditions-and-health-survey-in-navarre-spain-main-findings
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Vega García
OBJECTIVE: To describe health problems and working conditions perceived by workers of Navarra, Spain. METHODS: Conduct of the Third Survey of Working Conditions and Health in Navarre. We administered the Seventh Spanish National Survey of Working Conditions questionnaire by personal interviews conducted in the workers' homes between October 2014 and December 2014, and using a three-stage stratified sampling approach, by economic activity, work establishment size and gender...
April 2017: Archivos de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418325/variation-in-music-player-listening-level-as-a-function-of-campus-location
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Yunea Park, Diana Guercio, Victoria Ledon, Colleen G Le Prell
BACKGROUND: There has been significant discussion in the literature regarding music player use by adolescents and young adults, including whether device use is driving an increase in hearing loss in these populations. While many studies report relatively safe preferred listening levels, some studies with college student participants have reported listening habits that may put individuals at risk for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) if those listening habits continue over the long term...
April 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416172/epidemiology-of-ebolavirus-disease-evd-and-occupational-evd-in-health-care-workers-in-sub-saharan-africa-need-for-strengthened-public-health-preparedness
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Nlandu Roger Ngatu, Ntumba Jean-Marie Kayembe, Elayne Kornblatt Phillips, Joa Okech-Ojony, Masika Patou-Musumari, Mukunda Gaspard-Kibukusa, Ndona Madone-Mandina, Mabasi Godefroid-Mayala, Lubogo Mutaawe, Casimir Manzengo, Dimosi Roger-Wumba, Sayumi Nojima
Ebolavirus disease (EVD) is a severe contagious disease in humans, and health care workers (HCW) are at risk of infection when caring for EVD patients. This paper highlights the epidemiologic profile of EVD and its impact on the health care workforce in Africa. A documentary study was conducted which consisted of a review of available literature regarding the epidemiology of EVD, occupational EVD (OEVD), and work safety issues in Sub-Saharan Africa; the literature findings are enriched by field experiences from the authors...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414580/identifying-personal-risk-factors-for-falls-in-the-workplace
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Ann Regina Lurati
Falls can occur in any occupational setting. Occupational health professionals may focus on creating a safe work environment and training programs to prevent falls. However, an important aspect of safety management is identifying at-risk employees. The purpose of this article is to identify personal risk factors and offer interventions to prevent falls in the workplace.
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413231/development-of-a-roof-bolter-canopy-air-curtain-for-respirable-dust-control
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W R Reed, G J Joy, B Kendall, A Bailey, Y Zheng
Testing of the roof bolter canopy air curtain (CAC) designed by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has gone through many iterations, demonstrating successful dust control performance under controlled laboratory conditions. J.H. Fletcher & Co., an original equipment manufacturer of mining equipment, further developed the concept by incorporating it into the design of its roof bolting machines. In the present work, laboratory testing was conducted, showing dust control efficiencies ranging from 17...
January 2017: Mining Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411721/ergonomic-analysis-of-construction-worker-s-body-postures-using-wearable-mobile-sensors
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Nipun D Nath, Reza Akhavian, Amir H Behzadan
Construction jobs are more labor-intensive compared to other industries. As such, construction workers are often required to exceed their natural physical capability to cope with the increasing complexity and challenges in this industry. Over long periods of time, this sustained physical labor causes bodily injuries to the workers which in turn, conveys huge losses to the industry in terms of money, time, and productivity. Various safety and health organizations have established rules and regulations that limit the amount and intensity of workers' physical movements to mitigate work-related bodily injuries...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408654/radiographic-disease-progression-in-contemporary-us-coal-miners-with-progressive-massive-fibrosis
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A Scott Laney, David John Blackley, Cara N Halldin
INTRODUCTION: Among contemporary US coal miners, there has been an increase in the prevalence and severity of pneumoconiosis, including its advanced form progressive massive fibrosis (PMF). We examine radiographic progression in Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) participants. METHODS: CWHSP participants with a final determination of PMF during 1 January 2000-1 October 2016 with at least one prior radiograph in the system were included. We characterised demographics, participation and progression patterns...
April 13, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407025/relationships-between-temperaments-occupational-stress-and-insomnia-among-japanese-workers
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Yasuhiko Deguchi, Shinichi Iwasaki, Hideyuki Ishimoto, Koichiro Ogawa, Yuichi Fukuda, Tomoko Nitta, Tomoe Mitake, Yukako Nogi, Koki Inoue
Insomnia among workers reduces the quality of life, contributes toward the economic burden of healthcare costs and losses in work performance. The relationship between occupational stress and insomnia has been reported in previous studies, but there has been little attention to temperament in occupational safety and health research. The aim of this study was to clarify the relationships between temperament, occupational stress, and insomnia. The subjects were 133 Japanese daytime local government employees...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406388/outcomes-following-traumatic-grain-elevator-injuries
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Sydnei Tolefree, Anthony Truong, Jeanette Ward, Fanglong Dong, Elizabeth Ablah, James Haan
OBJECTIVES: The absence of a comprehensive database of grain elevator associated injuries hinders accurate evaluation of injury prevalence and may lead to discordant information about injury frequencies. The main purpose of this study was to identify the most common mechanisms of injury related to grain elevator events. Comparisons of hospital outcomes between patients who sustained traumatic injuries associated with grain elevators at Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulated industrial sites versus those on OSHA exempt farming operations were also made...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Agromedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406366/detection-of-pathogenic-bioaerosols-and-occupational-risk-in-a-philippine-landfill-site
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Hera Angela M Pagalilauan, Cielo Emar M Paraoan, Pierangeli G Vital
Payatas landfill site is one of the major dumpsites in the Philippines. In this study, the landfill was evaluated regarding the presence and concentration of pathogenic bacterial aerosols through culture and molecular techniques. Bioaerosols are biological airborne particles that may or may not cause diseases. Active sampling was done using MAS-100 Air Sampler from both indoor and outdoor locations. To test the accuracy of the culture method, those that were presumptively identified as Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae were subjected to molecular analysis using 16s rRNA sequencing, and as a result, they were identified as different species...
April 13, 2017: Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403736/make-health-and-safety-a-part-of-global-struggles-against-imperialism-racism-and-other-oppressions
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Deborah Deeg Gold
Deborah "Deeg" Gold was presented in November 2016 with the Alice Hamilton Award of the Occupational Health and Safety Section of the American Public Health Association. Deeg worked for more than 20 years for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) as a field compliance officer, senior industrial hygienist, and then became the agency's Deputy Chief for Health. Prior to joining Cal/OSHA, Deeg Gold was a rank-and-file worker health and safety activist in her union. She is also an activist on many social justice issues, including opposing the death penalty and is a queer activist...
May 2017: New Solutions: a Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy: NS
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