Category: Health and Wellness

Workplace health and safety concept

Workplace Safety Trends to Watch in 2020

A worker is injured on the job every 7 seconds. 12,600 workers are injured on the job every day. And, those injuries are costing companies 104,000,000 lost production days. These stats, courtesy of the National Safety Council, paint a sobering picture of the modern workplace. But, it’s a picture most companies are now attuned to […]

Building indoor environmental and air quality

AIHA, Other Groups Form Indoor Environmental Quality Alliance

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and five other groups formed a new international association on indoor environmental quality (IEQ). The Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance (IEQ-GA) will serve as a platform for the exchange of indoor environmental knowledge and information and will promote education and research into the health and environmental quality in buildings.

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Marijuana Safety Concerns Voiced by Occupational and Environmental Medical Group

An occupational and environmental medical group urged members of Congress to keep workplace safety implications in mind when considering marijuana legalization. Congress should proceed cautiously and make public and worker safety its primary concern before legalizing marijuana, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) said in a statement. Several states already have enacted […]

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EPA Proposes New Lead Trigger Level to Reduce Exposure

The EPA’s new proposal to reduce childhood exposure to lead in drinking water seeks to strike a balance between the need for more protection and the stubborn complexity of the risk. Under the proposal, public water systems (PWSs) would be subject to six new general requirements (which include many more specific requirements), including taking an […]

Stress

The Burnout Problem: EHS Pros Should Take Notice

Environment, health, and safety professionals should be aware of (and take steps to address) “burnout,” a term that has been frequently used as a catchall for multiple issues among employees, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Burnout gained a more specific definition when it was officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this year.

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Secondhand Smoke Remains an Occupational Health Issue

Nearly one-fifth of nonsmokers were exposed to secondhand smoke at work, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a recently published study. The CDC reported that 19.9% of nonsmokers had some exposure on the job, and 10.1% had frequent exposures.