Learn about Who Needs A Flu Vaccine.
Each year 111,000,000 work days are lost to flu. Many of those are preventable by either getting a flu shot or strangely enough staying home when you have the flu. When you stay home you add to those hours, but subtract others by preventing the spread of the flu to others.

Start right. Get the shot.

Click on the graphic for more advice and materials from the CDC.

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c92168_mWhile most of us are still remembering the hard Winter behind us, Summer has already touched a few days here and there. MSHA has issued an alert to guard against heat illness. Along with the following statement there is a one page review of what to do to protect yourself and others.

Overexposure to heat can be a significant problem especially for miners in jobs that require heavy physical labor in hot or humid environments. Heat Stress occurs when internal body temperature is higher than 100 deg. F and significantly reduces workers’ performance and can require medical attention. This alert describes how to recognize the risk factors and the signs and symptoms of heat stress. The best solution to dehydration and heat illness is PREVENTION!

Download the alert here.

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transitioning to safer chemicalsAmerican workers use tens of thousands of chemicals every day. While many of these chemicals are suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated in the workplace.

As a result, workers suffer more than 190,000 illnesses and 50,000 deaths annually related to chemical exposures. Workplace chemical exposures have been linked to cancers, and other lung, kidney, skin, heart, stomach, brain, nerve, and reproductive diseases.

OSHA has an online tool that is handy for helping you examine the chemicals you use. You can find it here.

c542990_sWe all should be concerned about knowing more about the chemicals used in the workplace, but just because we buy products for home use doesn’t alone mean they are any safer. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a very helpful Household Products Database online. You’ll even find many of the chemicals you may use at work that can be purchased at the local hardware or department store. Check it out here.

Yes it’s that time of the year again as we look forward in excitement to winter and in dread to the diseases of the season. I’m headed to the doctor today to get my annual flu shot. Are you? OSHA has some materials available to help you prevent OR have in place should a pandemic occur.

Check them out here. Workplace Safety and the Flu (web); Pandemic Influenza (web).

You can also find out about the flu, find informational videos to use, and even locate a source locally for flu shots at flu.gov.

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Check out the OSHA Noise Exposure Resource online here.

Pages for:

  • Health Effects
  • Exposure and Controls
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Construction
  • General Resources
  • Standards
Links to tons of resources to help you prevent noise-induced hearing loss. As the site says, it IS preventable.


CAP the Noise!

Mar 11, 2011

NIOSH has a short publication/poster that gets at the source of protecting your hearing. Cap the Noise is a pdf file that’s available to communicate the idea that hearing protection is not the first step to protecting your hearing. Controlling it and avoiding it are to be preferred over immediately resorting to earplugs and muffs.

Click here for: Cap the Noise Publication (pdf)

FREE web-based resource that offers interactive tools and evidence-based resources to design effective worksite obesity prevention and control programs, including an obesity cost calculator to estimate how much obesity is costing your company and how much savings your company could reap with different workplace interventions.
Includes some good health related materials like tips for healthy snacks at meetings and links to state programs where they exist.

Check it out at www.cdc.gov/leanworks

MSHA proposed a rule that would lower underground and surface miners’ exposure to respirable coal mine dust by revising the Agency’s existing standards. The major provisions of the proposal would lower the existing respirable dust exposure limit from 2.0 mg/m3 to 1.0 mg/m3 over a 24-month phase-in period; require full-shift sampling; and redefine the term “normal production shift.”  In addition, the proposed rule would provide for the use of a single full-shift compliance sampling under the mine operator and MSHA’s inspector sampling programs, establish requirements for use of the Continuous Personal Dust Monitor (CPDM) to monitor exposure, and expand medical surveillance of coal miners. Read the full proposed rule below.

Click here for: Proposed Rule in Federal Register (pdf)

Flu Season

Dec 12, 2009

I was at the doctor this week for my H1N1 flu shot and remembered that I had this link to post for some time. There's lots of information out there on H1N1 and some of it's even good! (ha ha) The bottom line is that reasonable steps to help prevent the spread of any flu is a good investment. For one, I've noticed that the simple procedure of sneezing into one's elbow is catching on. That along with the willingness of people who are sick to stay home, which is a tougher thing to sell, are great first steps to keeping more of us healthy.

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