NIOSH Offering $350K For Respirator Fit-Testing Solution

An individual or a team submitting an innovative respirator fit-testing concept could receive $350,000 in a challenge announced January 10 by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The challenge attempts to address two problems with respirator fit testing: Small and disadvantaged businesses often lack the resources needed to comply with the Occupational […]

CDC: COVID-19 Deaths Highest in Public Safety, Accommodation, and Food Services

Protective service occupations (public safety) had the highest rate of deaths from COVID-19 at 60 deaths per 100,000 workers, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Vital Statistics. The industry with the highest death rate was accommodation and food services, with 55 deaths per 100,000 workers. […]

NIOSH Reveals Occupations With Highest COVID-19 Infections

Recent research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health revealed the six occupations with the highest levels of COVID-19 infections during the first months of the pandemic: massage therapist, food-processing worker, bailiff or correctional officer, funeral service worker, firstline supervisor of production and operating workers, and nursing assistant or psychiatric aide. The five […]

Back to Basics: Eye and Face Protection

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA’s requirements for eye and face protection. Eye and face protection is essential for many workers as part of their personal protection equipment (PPE). According to OSHA, thousands of employees are […]

NIOSH Seeks Input on Respirator Approval

On November 28, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) asked for public comment on its program for certifying approved respiratory protection devices. NIOSH is authorized by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and Mine Safety and Health Amendments Act of 1977 to test and approve respirators used by construction workers, […]

NIOSH: 1 in 5 Non-Healthcare Workers May Be Exposed to COVID-19

Workers’ occupation, industry, and specific job duties factor into how physically close to others they must work, whether they need to interact with the public, and whether they are potentially exposed to infectious diseases like COVID-19, according to new research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In what may be the […]

NIOSH: Study Reveals Factors in Risky Driving

Little sleep, long commutes, and long hours contribute to risky driving behaviors among oil and gas extraction workers, according to a study profiled in the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s November 2 eNews. The study appeared in the September 2022 issue of American Journal of Industrial Medicine. An earlier Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

NIOSH, Partners Give Prevention Through Design Award

Dr. Georgi Popov was presented with the second annual Prevention through Design (PtD) Award in a virtual ceremony for his outstanding leadership in reducing workplace hazards through design methods, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and its partners, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and National Safety Council (NSC), announced October […]

NIOSH Alerts Employers to CDC Monkeypox Guidance

On October 3, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) called employers’ and workers’ attention to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) toolkit for monkeypox vaccination in the institute’s October eNews. Monkeypox is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, which is part of the same family of viruses as the […]

Your Respiratory Protection Program

Different respirators clearly function differently, offering users two types of respiratory protection. Filtering facepiece respirators (FFR), like N95s and P100s, filter out particles like the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 and the particulate matter in wildfire smoke. Other respirators supply clean respirable air. For example, airline respirators use compressed air from a remote source, and […]