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August 21, 2020

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As part of NIOSH’s efforts to keep our stakeholders up to date on the CDC and NIOSH coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response, below is a summary of new information posted this week.

General Resources

NIOSH Webpage Highlights CDC Guidance for Chemical Disinfectants
A new NIOSH webpage, Hazard Communication for Disinfectants Used Against Viruses, provides information on health hazards that could be caused by cleaning products and disinfectants. Also included are recommendations for barriers and respiratory protection that workers can use to protect themselves from these hazards.

Industry-Specific Resources

Strategies for Protecting K-12 School Staff From COVID-19   

CDC has published Strategies for Protecting K-12 School Staff From COVID-19, focusing on keeping K-12 school staff safe and healthy. This guidance is a supplement to existing CDC considerations and is intended for K-12 school administrators preparing school programs for staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upcoming Webinars

August 26, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (EDT): Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Mining Workplace
Experts will share information about COVID-19 and lessons learned while operating mine locations during the pandemic. A panel discussion will focus on new processes and procedures mine companies have adopted in response to COVID-19, including how they were implemented, monitored, and sustained to protect the health and safety of miners during essential operations. The webinar is hosted by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. Registration is required. 


August 26–27, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (PDT): Virtual International COVID-19 and Diabetes Summit

The Diabetes Technology Society is hosting this free event to discuss risk reduction by harnessing the potential of digital health, telemedicine, sensors, and pharmacology. The summit will feature frontline clinicians, scientists, engineers, and social scientists to address the question: How can we protect patients with diabetes from COVID-19? NIOSH’s Dr. David Weissman will speak about the protection of healthcare workers on August 27 at 11:20 a.m. (PDT). Registration is required. 


August 27, 2–3 p.m. (EDT): Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has added to many people’s anxiety and stress. Understanding how to respond to these emotions is important for safety on and off the job. This webinar, part of the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)-NIOSH COVID-19 Webinar Series, will discuss how to recognize and manage job stress and where to go if you need help. Registration is required. Questions may be submitted at the time of registration.


For More Information 

For more information, please visit the COVID-19 webpage. To stay up to date on new developments, sign up for the COVID-19 newsletter.


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