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Weekly E-Newsbrief, November 9, 2017

Weekly E-Newsbrief

November 9, 2017

The E-Newsbrief of the National Clearinghouse is a free weekly newsletter focusing on new developments in the world of worker health and safety. Each issue provides summaries of the latest worker health and safety news from newspapers, magazines, journals, government reports, and the Web, along with links to the original documents. Also featured each week are updates from government agencies that handle hazmat and worker safety issues such as DOE, EPA, OSHA and others.

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Green Jobs Should be Safe for the Environment and for Workers

As our nation moves toward greener power sources, like solar and wind, worker safety needs to be protected on the path to a better future.” This topic was addressed by Joseph Uehlein, founding president of the Labor Network for Sustainability, who spoke during an American Public Health Association (APHA) session on “Green jobs and dirty work: Climate change strategies for workers.” Uehlein gave examples of how labor unions are working with public and private enterprise to preserve communities and transition workers after coal-fired and nuclear power plants shut down.

Public Health Newswire [Author: Louise Dettman]

Chasing a Killer: Scientists Track Virus with Potential to Cross Globe

At a time when a deadly disease can cross the globe, scientists need to understand the mysterious monkeypox. A cousin to the deadly smallpox virus, the monkeypox virus initially infects people through contact with wild animals and can then spread from person to person. Monkeypox is on the U.S. government list of pathogens, such as anthrax and Ebola, with the greatest potential to threaten human health. The Congolese government invited researchers from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) to track the disease and train local scientists.

The Washington Post [Author: Lena H. Sun]

New Fentanyl Resources Available for First Responders

The Federal Interagency Working Group coordinated by the White House National Security Council released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders, which provides unified, scientific, evidence-based recommendations to first responders, so they can protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected during their daily activities such as responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests, and searches.

News Release

Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

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Register Now: 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference

Cosponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National Brownfields Training Conference will take place December 5-7, 2017, with pre-conference workshops on December 4, in Pittsburgh, PA at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Offered every two years, the conference is the largest gathering of stakeholders focused on cleaning up and reusing formerly utilized commercial and industrial properties.

Conference Information

Conference Registration

Webinar Information: Applying Prevention through Design (PtD) to Solar Systems in Small Buildings

CPWR — The Center for Construction Research and Training is offering a webinar on Prevention through Design (PtD). Solar technology has grown cheaper and more economically attractive in recent years, and a growing number of homeowners are having rooftop solar panels installed. Employees of the small to mid-sized contractors performing this work face unique safety hazards. Researchers interviewed workers, contractors, and engineers in the industry to identify choices during the design process that can reduce worker injury. In this 45-minute webinar, presenters will review the findings and the short guide created for industry use based on the Safety Protocol: Prevention through Design for Safety in Solar Installations. Webinar takes place Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Registration Information

FY 2018 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant

The FY 2018 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grant Guidelines have been posted to grants.gov. These grants are provided to eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to develop environmental programs that recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed residents of communities affected by brownfields and other environmental contaminants with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field and in assessment and cleanup work taking place in their communities. The proposal submission deadline is December 15, 2017. All proposals must be submitted through grants.gov.

Information on EWDJT Grants

Winter 2017 Occupational Health and Safety Courses

The University of California (UC) Davis Extension, the continuing and professional education division of UC Davis, has been an internationally recognized leader in educational outreach for individuals, organizations, and communities for more than 50 years. This Winter, UC Davis Extension will be offering a variety of health and safety courses, from January through March. Course topics include: Industrial Safety Hazard Control; Health and Safety Refresher for Hazardous Waste Workers; Industrial Ergonomics; Incident Investigation Techniques; and others. More information on dates and curricula is available via the link below. To enroll or for more courses and information, visit UC Davis Extension's Webpage or call (800) 752-0881.

UC Davis Extension

Sections Open for Enrollment

On The Web This WeekBack to Top

Smoke Waves from Wildfires Cause Lasting Health Problems

As the deadliest fires in California history swept through leafy neighborhoods, Kathleen Sarmento fled her home in the dark, drove to an evacuation center and began setting up a medical triage unit. Patients with burns and other severe injuries were dispatched to hospitals. She set about treating many people whose symptoms resulted from exposure to polluted air and heavy smoke. From Puget Sound to Disneyland and east over the Rockies, Americans have coughed and wheezed, rushed to emergency rooms and shut themselves indoors this year as pollution from wildfires darkened skies and rained soot across the landscape.

Stat News [Authors: John Upton and Barbara Feder Ostrov]

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Construction and Worker Safety

Applications of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for military, recreational, public, and commercial uses have expanded significantly in recent years. As is the case with other emerging technologies, occupational safety assessments of UAVs lag behind technological advancements. A new American Journal of Industrial Medicine paper describes the four major uses of UAVs, such as their use in construction; the potential risks of their use to workers; approaches for risk mitigation; and the important role that safety and health professionals can play in ensuring safe approaches to their use in the workplace.

American Journal of Industrial Medicine [Authors: Howard J, Murashov V, & Branche CM]

Education and Workforce Development Services for Justice-Involved Young Adults

With support from the Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), RTI International invites community partnerships to join a technical assistance initiative to improve the outcomes of justice-involved young adults (ages 16–24). This new initiative will connect youths with career and technical education (CTE), workforce development, and special education services. Letter of interest are due by November 21, 2017.

Initiative Information

Federal Agency UpdateBack to Top

25 Years of Environmental Justice at the EPA

For a quarter of a century, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked to address the environmental and public health concerns of minority, low-income, and indigenous communities. Throughout the years, EPA has developed environmental justice strategies and priorities that consistently built upon EJ progress and achievements. The agency has made considerable progress developing the infrastructure, creating the tools, and identifying opportunities for EPA to provide environmental and public health protection for all Americans. Several documents and tools have been developed, such as the EJSCREEN, which consistently screens and maps for areas of potential environmental justice concern. Danny Gogal, the Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Program Manager for EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice, writes more in the EPA Blog.

The EPA Blog [Author: Danny Gogal]

Using the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance System to Prepare for and Respond to Emergencies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Jill Shugart explains the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring System (ERHMS) and how it can help protect emergency responders from short-term and long-term illness and injury. After the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, 450 rescue workers died and hundreds more were seriously injured from exposure to environmental contaminants. The column describes how the ERHMS framework allows an organization to monitor the health and safety of emergency responders. This column is alsp published in the November 2017 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health.

CDC Newsletter [Author: Jill Shugart]

NIOSH New Extramural Research and Training Website

The National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOSH) released a new webpage on its extramural research and training program. The page includes information on funding opportunities, research and training grants, performance data and reports, news and notices, and a new dashboard that shows extramural activity. It also includes a link to the NIH Research Reporting Online Reporting Tools (RePORT), which provides access to reports, data, and analysis of all NIH research.

NIOSH Webpage

Awardee Highlights/Online LearningBack to Top

PEPH Webinar: Wildfires & Human Health

This NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) webinar will highlight the impacts of wildfires on the health of vulnerable individuals and on those communities exposed periodically to such events. In addition to children and aging populations, wildfires pose particular risk to those with respiratory and allergic conditions, those with chronic diseases, those reliant on medical devices, and those with a lower socioeconomic status who may not have the means or ability to evacuate from threatened areas. The presentations will cover how the environmental exposures associated with wildfires affect human health. Webinar takes place on November 17, 2017 from 1 – 2 p.m. ET.

PEPH Webinar

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