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Oil & Gas a Top NIOSH Priority
NIOSH director John Howard, MD has announced top priorities for NIOSH research and action in 2017. Due to increased energy production and development of new techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, health and safety for the Oil and Gas industry tops the list.
Size of the Oil & Gas workforce has increased, including those involved in drilling and servicing wells, and workers in refineries and preparing oil and gas for shipment. NIOSH scientists are conducting research to characterize and eliminate the risks faced by workers to respirable crystalline silica, and volatile organic compounds including naphthalene, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene, and other hazards. Because some of these chemical compounds can be ototoxic (poisonous to the ear), use of respirators and hearing protection is critical to hearing loss prevention as well as general worker safety.
To learn more:
Ototoxins: A New Concern, CavCom SoundBytes, 2014
Oil and Gas: Field Studies on Chemical Exposures, CavCom SoundBytes, 2014
Occupational Health Issues in the USA, NIOSH Science Blog, January 10, 2017