Industrial Hygiene en Dementia: A Public Health Concern with Personal, Occupational Consequences <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As a public health concern projected to gain momentum in the coming decades, Alzheimer’s disease presents substantial consequences not only for individuals and families, but also within the larger American workforce</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored OSHA Health Industrial Hygiene Standards Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:28:00 +0000 56311 at The Effects of Depression on Workers’ Compensation <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The phrase “workplace injury” typically conjures a physical ailment—a back injury, a laceration, a respiratory illness—but there’s another, often overlooked consequence of on-the-job injuries that can affect both employees and a company’s bottom line: depression</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored OSHA Health Industrial Hygiene Standards Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:01:00 +0000 56151 at Michigan Attorney General Charges Five Officials with Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis <div class="field-deck"> On Dec. 13, 2015, Robert Skidmore died of Legionnaire's disease. The state attorney general alleges his death could have been avoided had state and local officials alerted the public and taken action to stop the spread of the disease. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former City of Flint Water Department Manager Howard Croft, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality&rsquo;s Drinking Water Chief Liane Shekter-Smith and Water Supervisor Stephen Busch with involuntary manslaughter related to their alleged failure to act in the Flint water crisis. A criminal charge merely is an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Environment Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:55:00 +0000 55621 at <p>Multiple Flint-area residents died of Legionnaires&rsquo; disease in the time immediately following the switch from Detroit Water and Sewer Department to the Flint River. All defendants charged with involuntary manslaughter are charged in relation to the death of Robert Skidmore, 85, of Mt. Morris, Mich. Skidmore died of Legionnaires&rsquo; disease after many others had been diagnosed with the illness, yet no public outbreak notice had been issued.</p> Getty Images No Worker Left Behind: Protecting Lone Workers in the Oil and Gas Industry <div class="field-byline"> Ken Schmidt and Brent Moore </div> <div class="field-deck"> How wireless technology and the Internet of Things can extend a company's culture of safety to connect and protect lone workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With oil prices gradually rising in recent weeks, oil production sites that were shuttered during the industry downturn finally are gearing up again for operation, perhaps marking an end to an extended slump in the oil market. As oil companies react to these improving conditions, more remote workers will be driving hundreds of miles weekly on back roads in rural areas to work on compressor stations, pipelines and pump jacks. It&#39;s a fact of life for thousands of workers in the oil and gas industry.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Industrial Hygiene Safety IoT Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:43:00 +0000 55501 at Honeywell Industrial Safety A+A 2017: Focusing on the Intersection Between Workers and Technology <div class="field-deck"> From Oct.17-20, Dusseldorf will revolve around creating a safe, secure and healthy workplace. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The work environment is changing, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), the use of robots, smart phones and tablets and new software programs.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wellness Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:25:00 +0000 55381 at A+A Is 3D Printing Safe? <div class="field-deck"> A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene explores the potentially harmful VOCs found in the 3D printing process. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A decrease in price and an increase in interest in three-dimensional (3D) printers have resulted in more of them in the workplace and in homes. However, questions surfacing about potential health effects of using this technology.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety IoT News Thu, 25 May 2017 16:47:00 +0000 55221 at <p>Can the VOCs emitted by 3D printers be harmful to the people using them?</p> OSHA: Republic Steel Exposed Employees to Excessive Lead Levels <div class="field-deck"> Canton, Ohio automotive steel manufacturer Republic Steel is cited for repeated and serious violations after failing to guard machines, lack of lockout/tagout devices and exposing employees to lead. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A maintenance worker at Republic Steel, an automotive steel manufacturer, suffered severe injuries because the company failed to guard machines and provide lock-out devices, an OSHA investigation found.</p> <p>The Canton, Ohio-based manufacturer faces $279,578 in proposed penalties after the agency&rsquo;s investigators found workers at its&nbsp;plant were exposed to machine hazards and lead.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wed, 24 May 2017 17:44:00 +0000 55201 at Thinkstock Heather Von St. James: Why I Fight <div class="field-byline"> Heather Von St. James </div> <div class="field-deck"> Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma three months after her daughter was born and was given 15 months to live. She fought back and over the last 11 years, has dedicated her life to fighting for a ban on asbestos. This is her story, in her words. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>&ldquo;Was your dad a miner or did he work in construction of any kind?&rdquo;</p> <p>These are not the typical questions that you get from your doctor when you&rsquo;ve just been diagnosed with cancer. But I was being asked those questions for a reason. I was 36 years old and found out I had a <a href="" target="_blank">nefarious and rare cancer called mesothelioma</a>, the cancer almost always caused by asbestos exposure.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership EPA Health Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 23 May 2017 14:32:00 +0000 55181 at <p>When Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma &ndash; a rare cancer most closely association with exposure to asbestos &ndash; her doctor asked her if her dad had been a miner or a construction worker. She was exposed to asbestos through the dust that permeated his clothing and his car. Her father died of cancer in February. Here he is with his granddaughter, Lilly, who was three-and-a-half months&#39; old when her mother was diagnosed.</p> Heather Von St. James Cal/OSHA Cites Two Companies After Confined Space Death <div class="field-deck"> D&D Construction Specialties Inc. and Tyler Development Inc. are cited for ten serious and three willful violations following a worker's death. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Oct. 21, 2016, a D&amp;D Construction employee entered a drainage shaft to clean out mud and debris.</p> <p>No personal fall protection was utilized as the worker descended via bucket 10 ft. into the shaft, which was 4.5 ft. in diameter and lined with concrete.</p> <p>At some point, the worker lost consciousness due to the oxygen deficient atmosphere in the confined space and fell 40 ft., then drowned in a foot&nbsp;of water.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 10 May 2017 15:37:00 +0000 54961 at Thinkstock President Steven E. Lacey: New Challenges and Opportunities for AIHA <div class="field-deck"> Steven Lacey, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, is the outgoing president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and in a lively interview with EHS Today, he celebrates the successes of the organization, discusses the challenges of both protecting workers and drawing students into the profession and muses about the future of industrial hygiene. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dr. Steven Lacey is a busy man. His day job is associate professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science at the Indiana University (IU) Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Industrial Hygiene Wed, 10 May 2017 15:33:00 +0000 54951 at Photo Credit: Ellen Bugler