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NIEHS WTP: February 16, 2018 Newsbrief

Weekly E-Newsbrief, February 16, 2018

Weekly E-Newsbrief

February 16, 2018

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.

Subscribing to the National Clearinghouse Newsbrief is the best way to stay on top of the worker health and safety news.

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Registration Now Open for Spring 2018 National Trainers’ Exchange and WTP Awardee Meeting

The 7th National Trainers’ Exchange is hosted by the Western Region Universities Consortium (WRUC) in conjunction with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP). The Exchange will bring together safety and health trainers and training stakeholders from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the NIEHS WTP to exchange ideas about how to make training for hazardous materials and emergency response workers more effective and empowering. The Awardee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018; the National Trainers’ Exchange will be held on Thursday and Friday, May 10-11, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel. The hotel room block and registration are now open!

Meeting & Registration Information

Accommodation and Transportation

Clean Up Agreed for Radioactive Waste from Manhattan Project

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will use a partial excavation strategy to remove the majority of the radioactive waste leftover from the Manhattan Project. The material from the second world war nuclear bomb test site has been held at a decades-old facility in Missouri known as the West Lake Landfill Superfund site.

Chemistry World [Author: Rebecca Trager]

Hanford Radioactive Contamination Grows: 6 Workers, 2 Offices, 36 Vehicles

Another spread of radioactive contamination has been confirmed at the Hanford nuclear reservation’s Plutonium Finishing Plant. In addition, more central Hanford workers have tested positive for inhaling or ingesting radioactive contamination from demolition of the plant. For the second time since workers were moved in January to offices away from the plant, contamination has been found on the steps of the newly assigned offices.

Tri-City Herald [Author: Annette Cary]

How to Prepare Your Community for a Disaster

Hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and floods strike communities every year, injuring and displacing thousands. A plan and an emergency kit are important, but they only go so far. Ideally, your whole community should be ready, and if you don’t think it is, here’s how you can help make sure.

The New York Times [Author: Alan Henry]

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Call for Abstracts: APHA Now Accepting Submissions for Annual Meeting and Expo

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is now accepting abstracts for the APHA's 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo taking place November 10 – 14 in San Diego, CA. The theme of the meeting is Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts on the theme and current and emerging public health issues. Abstracts are due between February 19 – 23, 2018. See the list of components via link below for specific deadlines.

Information on Abstract Submissions

Webinar: Planning for Environmental Justice and Healthy Communities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a webinar in which environmental justice and land use experts will explain the intent and history behind the California Senate Bill 1000 – “Planning for Healthy Communities Act,” which requires many local jurisdictions to adopt environmental justice goals and policies. It will discuss how and why communities can integrate environmental justice into local planning efforts. The panel will provide two case studies on two different Environmental Justice (EJ) General Plan Elements and an introduction to the SB 1000 Implementation Toolkit. The webinar will take place on February 23, 2018, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET.

Webinar Registration

Webinar: Superstorms and Superfund Sites: Preventing Toxic Exposures from Climate Change Disasters

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) and the Boston University Superfund Research Program (BUSPR) are hosting a webinar to describe the range of toxic exposures and mixtures of chemicals that may be encountered during climate disasters from water, air, and industrial sources. Panelists will discuss community prevention plans and policies that can help protect human and environmental health when the next disaster strikes. The webinar will take place on March 13, 2018, 2:00 p.m. ET.

Webinar Information and Registration

Registration Now Open: 2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) symposium will be held May 8-11, 2018, on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. This year’s theme is “Work & Well-being: How Safer, Healthier Work Can Enhance Well-Being.” The symposium will bring together more than 500 scientists and practitioners from around the world to learn about the latest science and practice for Total Worker Health approaches.

Symposium Registration

Registration Now Open for NOIRS 2018

The National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS) is the only national forum focused on the advancement of safe work environments for all workers. Currently, the symposium organizers are soliciting scientific and practice-based contributions from a variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, health economics, health communication, program evaluation, dissemination and implementation science, biostatistics, industrial/occupational psychology, safety engineering, industrial and systems engineering, physiology, mechanical and electrical engineering, health promotion, and management and health policy. This year, the event will be held in Morgantown, West Virginia, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place on October 16–18, 2018.

Information on NOIRS 2018

Symposium Registration

Abstracts & Session Proposal Submission

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Cleanup in the Gulf: Oil Spill Dispersants and Health Symptoms in Deepwater Horizon Responders

Cleanup crews applied approximately 1.8 million gallons of chemical oil dispersant to the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A study in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) explores the relationship between potential exposure to the dispersants used and health complaints in a large cohort of workers who participated in the Deepwater Horizon response and cleanup. The results show an association between exposure to two chemical dispersants and self-reported health outcomes.

EHP Article [Author: Lindsey Konkel]

EHP Research Study [Authors: Craig J. McGowan et al.]

Railway Workers Sue, Citing Discrimination and Low Pay

For more than a year, railway worker Mario Pesantez, was told to report to work by climbing over a tall, chain-link fence that separates the streets of Glendale, Queens, from a yard used by his employer, the New York & Atlantic Railway. Once inside he joined a group of Mexican, Ecuadorean, and Dominican men who said they routinely spent 12- to 14-hour shifts working on sections of the Long Island Rail Road that New York & Atlantic had leased to transport freight.

The New York Times [Author: Colin Moynihan]

Rising Construction Worker Deaths in New York a ‘Crisis’, Executive Director of NYCOSH Says

Construction worker fatalities continue to rise in New York state amid rampant safety violations, according to an annual report released by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH). The majority of fatalities involved nonunion worksites, the report noted, adding that increases in the fatality number are not attributable to an increase in the amount of construction projects in the state.

Safety + Health


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Interagency Guidance: Tips for Reaching Limited English Proficient Audiences in an Emergency

Effective communication during an emergency can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. This is true whether communicating with those whose primary language is English or with people who have limited English proficiency. People who are limited English proficient (LEP) are those who “do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English” This federal interagency website answers common questions regarding LEP individuals.

FAQs on Reaching LEP Individuals

Up to $3 Million in Funding Available for Locally-Focused Environmental Education Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants will be available under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program. EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. The Requests for Proposals will be posted on later this week.

EPA News Release

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Registration Available for New Free Online Course on Malaria

The Institut Pasteur created an online course focused on Malaria, providing a glimpse of the wide range of disciplines involved and questions addressed in malaria research. It covers basic cell and molecular biology of malaria parasites to field- and hospital-based clinical research on malaria pathology. It covers the application of the latest genomic-based to investigate parasite biology to translational research on development of new control tools, including drugs and vaccines. The course also covers malaria epidemiology and clinical research to better understand malaria as a public health problem.

Course Information and Registration

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UIC Seeks Division Director for Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health (SPH) is seeking an innovative leader and accomplished scholar to direct the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS). The EOHS Division serves about 90 students in MPH, MS, and PhD programs with nine tenure-system faculty, and twice that number of research and clinical faculty. The Director is responsible for operation of the EOHS Division, which includes, but is not limited to: promoting a collaborative environment that fosters success through strong leadership and shared governance; representing the division at the School and University levels; managing the division’s budget, and more. The application deadline is March 15, 2018.

UIC Job Description

CPWR Seeks to Fill Deputy Director Position

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) seeks a full-time deputy director. Please visit the page below for specific job description. CPWR is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD. Interested candidates should email their resume and a cover letter detailing their experience related to the position to

CPWR Job Description

Women’s Voices for The Earth Seeks Campaigns and Outreach Coordinator

Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) seeks a Campaigns & Outreach Coordinator to serve as an integral member of a small, highly effective team working to amplify women’s voices to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities. This position provides outreach and organizing support for all WVE’s corporate and policy campaigns, executes strategies for mobilizing WVE’s base of activists nationwide to support campaign goals, and builds power among volunteer women leaders to support the organization’s work. Interested candidates should email their resume, cover letter, and three references to The application deadline is February 23, 2018.

WVE Job Description

Holy Cross Health Seeks Coordinator, Community Health

Holy Cross Health is seeking a community health coordinator who will support the department in fulfilling the following community health goals: 1) decrease avoidable hospital utilization, 2) improve overall health through strategic partnerships, particularly with those addressing social determinants of health, and 3) strengthen integration and linkages by wrapping community health programs and services around defined populations, services of the Network, and both hospitals.

Job Description

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