Tag: CDC

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Flu Protection: Respirators vs. Surgical Masks

The 2018–2019 flu season is fully upon us and, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), may continue well beyond the beginning of spring 2019. February is typically the peak month (by a large margin) in the flu season. This can be a high-risk period for workers in healthcare facilities where sick people […]


NSC Analysis of CDC Data Shows Rise in Accidental Death

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been making headlines lately, most of them referring to the decrease in life expectancy in the U.S. due to suicide and drug overdose. The National Safety Council (NSC) found in the numbers another disturbing trend that is of concern to EHS professionals—a rise in […]

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CDC: Construction Has Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study that examined unintentional or undetermined overdose deaths in 26 occupation groups found that construction occupations had the highest proportional mortality rates (PMRs) of deaths from both heroin and prescription opioids.

What You Can Do to Avoid Vapor Hazards When Opening a Tank Hatch

Improperly opening a storage tank hatch can be deadly for oil and gas workers. In a new report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlight nine sudden deaths caused by inhalation of hydrocarbon gases and vapors and oxygen deficiency among oil and gas extraction workers from January 2010 to March 2015. Four of […]

Occupational Lung Disease: Preventing Tuberculosis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis (TB), which kills almost 1.5 million people per year. In 2013, 9,582 TB cases were reported in the United States, and 383 of those cases were among healthcare workers. On July 13, OSHA updated […]

Mosquitoes: More Than an Annoyance—a Disease Vector

According to the CDC, there were 2,122 reported cases of West Nile virus disease in U.S. residents in 2014. The disease is carried by birds and mosquitoes and transmitted to people by mosquitoes. A total of 47 states and the District of Columbia reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes in 2014. […]

Training Is at the Center of the Fight Against Ebola

While the Ebola threat seems to have been contained for the time being in the United States, it is still a problem in other parts of the world. In today’s Advisor, learn how training is helping fight this deadly disease. With the news that Sierra Leone’s vice president was put in quarantine this week after […]