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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

November NIOSH News

Reducing Drywall Installation Injuries
"Workplace Solutions: Preventing Injuries from Installing Drywall" A new NIOSH workplace solutions document offers recommendations for preventing and reducing injuries to workers who install drywall. The report, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2006-147, provides a description of the types of injuries workers have reported and offers three cases reports detailing how the injuries occurred. The report is available at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/wp-solutions/2006-147.

Working Long Hours - The Affects
The November issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine features a special section on various aspects of research on long work hours, health, and safety. This collection of articles is a response to the "2004 Long Work Hour Conference," sponsored by NIOSH and the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Article abstracts are available through the journal’s Web site, http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/34471.

Workplace Violence Report
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released findings from a survey conducted for NIOSH on workplace violence prevention. Nearly five percent of the 7.1 million U.S. private industry business establishments had an incident of workplace violence in the 12 months preceding the survey. The majority of those establishments did not change their workplace violence prevention procedures after the incident. Results from the survey will provide researchers with information to develop educational interventions to improve workplace safety. Findings from the survey are available in detail on the BLS Web site, http://www.bls.gov/iif/osh_wpvs.htm. More information on NIOSH research and recommendations for preventing and reducing workplace violence can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/injury/traumaviolence.html.

"Workplace Violence Prevention Strategies and Research Needs"NIOSH has released a summary document from the November 2004 conference, "Partnering in Workplace Violence Prevention: Translating Research to Practice." The report, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2006-144, provides a useful framework on the current state of workplace violence research, prevention and communication activities in the U.S. The report can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2006-144.

Worksite Fatality Costs
NIOSH Fatal Occupational Injury Cost Fact SheetsA new series of fact sheets estimate the cost to society of a workplace fatality using the cost-of-illness approach. This approach combines the direct and indirect costs to produce an overall cost of an occupational fatal injury. Fact sheets are available for ten industry groupings, including agriculture, forestry and fishing; mining; construction; services; manufacturing; transportation, communications, electric, gas and sanitary services; wholesale trade; retail trade; finance, insurance, and real estate; and public administration. The fact sheets can be found through the NIOSH Traumatic Occupational Injury Web page, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/injury/traumapubs02-04.html.

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