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Prior to 2001, there were no standards for the use of respiratory protection devices against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) hazards encountered by U.S. emergency response teams. Several federal agencies partnered to conduct research and develop programs and resources. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recently released a new comprehensive guideline for Respiratory Protection in CBRN applications.
The new NIOSH publication, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Respiratory Protection Handbook, summarizes detailed technical information on CBRN respiratory protective devices. The handbook also provides practical guidance for […] Read More »
The ability to detect, identify, and localize sounds during military operations is essential. Unfortunately, hazardous noise is a constant threat to military personnel during training exercises, active duty, and even off-the-job activities. Noise-related hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) are the two most frequently reported disabilities of military service, affecting millions of veterans - including over 750,000 Gulf War era veterans alone.
To help address this threat to hearing and quality of life, the US military is focusing on early identification, immediate intervention, and an ongoing support system for […] Read More »
In 2013, OSHA launched the Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI), a project to help prevent work-related injuries and illnesses among temporary workers. The TWI's most recent safety bulletins focus on Respiratory Protection and Noise Exposure.
Temporary and contract workers are believed to have increased risk of work-related injury and illness. OSHA created the Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI) due to multiple reports of temporary workers suffering serious or fatal injuries, some in their first days on the job. For the purposes of TWI's recommended practices, "temporary workers" includes those supplied to a host […] Read More »
Help the young people in your life develop healthy hearing habits now. Check out these campaigns designed specifically for educating school-age children on the hazards of noise and protecting hearing. Many guidelines, handouts, posters, and games are available for download at no charge (some in Spanish); great tools for teachers!
It's a Noisy Planet is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This public education campaign is designed to increase awareness among children ages 8 to 12 about the causes and prevention […] Read More »