Tag: NIOSH

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 […]

GAO: NIOSH Needs to Bolster WTC Program Access

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) needs to closely monitor members’ timely access to health services under its World Trade Center Health Program, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a new report (GAO-22-105303) released July 29. Eligible responders and survivors of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks receive health services through […]

Workplace Homicides Peaked in 1994, Report Shows

On July 21, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced the release of a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the BJS, and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) titled “Indicators of Workplace Violence, 2019” (NCJ 250748; NIOSH 2022-124). According to the report, workplace homicides peaked […]

NIOSH Releases Best Practices for Temporary Workers

On July 18, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the release of a new set of best practices for protecting temporary workers. The resources for host employers and staffing companies include the Protecting temporary workers: best practices for host employers manual, a checklist, and a slide deck presentation. Temporary workers, or […]

NIOSH Finds Evidence Supporting Universal Masking

While universal masking alone provided a reduced level of exposure to infectious particles, researchers with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found evidence supporting a layered approach—physical distancing, ventilation, and masking—to control the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Results of a study out of NIOSH’s Health Effects Laboratory in […]