By Adam R. YoungMelissa A. Ortega, A. Scott HeckerJames L. CurtisBrent I. ClarkBenjamin D. Briggs, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On August 11, 2022, the CDC, through a press release, eased its COVID-19 guidance to “help us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer
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By Adam R. YoungA. Scott Hecker, James L. Curtis, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: NIOSH reports in its recent Science Blog that “falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers.”

NIOSH notes that each year roughly 300–400 construction workers fall to their deaths, most often while working at heights on roofs, ladders,
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By David Malter, CIH, CSP, CPEA, ROH (Guest Author), Adam R. Young, Mark A. Lies, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a new journal article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Bacterial Special Pathogens Branch, researchers have identified specific cases of  a deadly
Continue Reading Welder’s Anthrax: Newly Identified Health Hazard Among Employees Exposed to Welding Fumes

By Adam R. YoungBradley D. Doucette, Bailey G. Green, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowsy driving is not just a major problem in the United States, it is a public health crisis. “Drowsy driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue.
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By A. Scott HeckerBrent I. Clark, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On December 28, 2020, the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, announced a final rule governing the “Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People.” This new rule could lead OSHA to push for increased use of drones in its inspections.
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By Brent I. Clark and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released its results from a study conducted in 2016 and 2017 that looked at safety programs developed to prevent motor vehicle crashes.

The study included four focus groups conducted with thirty-three managers of employees that drive for work. The
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By Mark A. Lies, IIAdam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Woman holding hemp flowersSeyfarth Synopsis:  NIOSH has released a study on the safety and health hazards posed by marijuana growing farms.  Of concern for employers are the risks for musculoskeletal disorders, as well as dermal contact exposure to both THC and Botrytis cinerea, a plant pathogen. 

The National
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By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

In a just released study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) finds that U.S. long-haul truck drivers were twice as likely to be obese compared to the adult working population, as well as more likely to smoke and suffer from other
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By James L. Curtis, Meagan Newman, and Craig B. Simonsen

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has just issued a new recommended exposure limit (REL) for occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium compounds. The NIOSH Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium, Publication Number 2013-128 (January 2013), sets a significantly lower recommended exposure limit,
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By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is proposing to expand its ongoing evaluation of New Jersey legislation to prevent workplace violence in healthcare facilities. NIOSH is currently conducting a nurse survey at hospitals to examine the compliance and impact of the legislation. According to NIOSH the objective of the

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