The Monthly Newsletter of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
From the Director's Desk
Advancements in Elastomeric Technology for Source Control
NIOSH prototype design of an EHMR with exhalation valves that filter exhaled breath. Photo by NIOSH
Understanding the need for elastomeric respirators to supplement the respirator supply in all healthcare settings, NIOSH has been working with manufacturers of these devices to approve new options that will both protect healthcare workers and act as reliable source control.
For the NIOSH 50th Anniversary, please enjoy this limited time series of “NIOSH Now” and “NIOSH Then” where we look back at research efforts inside and outside of NIOSH from the past 50 years.
What do we know about the efficacy of different types of face coverings?
For over three decades, researchers evaluated Chinese textile workers’ exposure to endotoxin, a dangerous substance released from bacterial cells and cotton dust. After exposure to the substances ended, the researchers found that lung damage reversed. This study originally included 919 Shanghai residents exposed to high levels of cotton dust and endotoxin while employed as cotton workers. Most were nonsmokers and participated in the entire study, many having retired by the end of the 30 years. In 2016, researchers collected follow-up information, using company and union healthcare records for retirees, along with death records for about 25% of participants.
New Webpage Highlights NIOSH 50th Anniversary Info!
This year marks the 50th anniversary of NIOSH! NIOSH will be recognizing this important milestone through various channels throughout the year and posting links to them on the NIOSH 50th Anniversary webpage. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit the new webpage to stay up to date on NIOSH 50th activities.
Needlestick Injuries are Preventable
Healthcare personnel who use or may be exposed to needles are at increased risk of needlestick injury. Needlestick injuries can lead to serious or fatal infections with bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, or HIV. Learn more about how to protect yourself and your coworkers from needlestick injuries. Learn more.
NIOSH has partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to make funding available to study the integration of robotics technologies in the workplace. simulation to evaluate potential hazards to humans in a virtual environment. Those interested in applying for funding can view the funding opportunity on the NSF website. The deadline to apply is May 3, at 5:00 p.m. in the submitter’s local time zone. Learn more.
NIOSH + Safe-In-Sound Award Winner!
The second annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-by Incidents in Construction is planned for April 26. The event coincides with National Work Zone Awareness Week, which is April 26–30. The Stand-Down asks contractors to pause work to recognize that struck-by incidents are the #1 cause of injuries and the #2 cause of death among construction workers. Contractors are encouraged to educate their crews about risks and prevention. All national events will be held virtually for easier access.
Survey Helps to Identify Common Root Causes of Falls From Heights
This monthly e-newsletter is published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to inform members of the occupational safety and health community, including partners, employers, workers, and other stakeholders, of NIOSH-related news, new publications, and updates on programs, research, and initiatives.