2015-05-01 12:00 - Messages

Respiratory Hazards for Latino Horse Farm Workers

With the upcoming Belmont Stakes and the possibility of a Triple Crown winner, all eyes are on the world of horse racing. These races are the culmination of years of work far from the glory of the grand stage of horse racing. What is not seen on this grand stage is that there are many workplace safety and health risks faced by the workers who help get the horses to this level of competition. A recent article in the  American Journal of Industrial Medicine, “Individual and Occupational Characteristics Associated with Respiratory Symptoms among Latino Horse Farm Workers”, documents these hazards. 

Source: http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2015/05/28/horse-farm-workers/ 

Collaboration with Wikipedia

For the past four months, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been doing something new and exciting for a government agency: they have been employing a Wikipedian-in-Residence. This collaboration with Wikipedia makes NIOSH only the second federal agency, and the first federal scientific agency, to engage with the encyclopedia project in this fashion; it is a collaboration that has the potential to spark many more. Wikipedia, the fifth-biggest website in the world, reaches far more members of the public each day than NIOSH ever could; lending NIOSH’s resources to the enormous encyclopedia gives us the opportunity to disseminate occupational safety and health information to a far greater group of people than NIOSH could alone.

Source: http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2015/05/19/wikipedian/

Arctic work theme in Barents Newsletter

The Barents Newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety 1/2015 discusses ways to improve workers' health and safety in arctic region. The Director General of the International Labour Organization, Mr. Guy Ryder, announces in his Editorial that one of the new five ILO flagship programmes is focussing on occupational safety and health. He welcomes the reader to building a worldwide culture of prevention.

Source: http://www.ttl.fi/en/news/Pages/Arcticwork_BarentsNewsletter_1_2015.aspx

Protecting Nail Salon Workers

Last week, the New York Times published a two-part series highlighting what it characterized as exploitative employment practices and unsafe working conditions for nail salon workers, including exposures to hazardous chemicals. On the heels of the reports, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on May 11 ordered emergency measures in the state “to prevent unlawful practices and unsafe working conditions in the nail salon industry.”
Recognizing and controlling occupational hazards are important steps to protect this vulnerable working population. Census data show there are 17,000 nail salons in the U.S. Approximately 350,000 people are employed in nail salons and other personal care services in the United States according to industry estimates (Nails Magazine, 2008–2009). These estimates indicate the workforce is largely female (96%) with the industry employing a large number of minority workers (63%).

Source: http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2015/05/13/nail-salon/

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