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NIOSH eNews - September, 2018

Sep 08, 2018

Taken from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

From the Director’s Desk

John Howard, M.D., Director, NIOSH

Caring for 9/11 Survivors and Responders

Outside my office in Washington DC is an American flag with the names of those lost 17 years ago this month at the World Trade Center in New York City; the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia; and the crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This 9/11 commemorative flag serves as a daily reminder of the cost of those terrible attacks as well as the important role NIOSH plays in caring for those who survived and those who responded. Read More...

Join Us for N95 Day 2018 Activities!

N95 Day, an annual NIOSH event, is a time to recognize the importance of respiratory protection in the workplace and become familiar with the available resources to help make educated decisions when selecting and wearing a respirator. This year’s campaign encourages respiratory protection program managers and users of N95 respirators to become more diligent about their respiratory protection practices. Join in the social media conversation by using the hashtag #N95Day. The N95 Day Webinar brings together a panel of NIOSH respiratory protection experts to discuss current trends and questions about filtering facepiece respiratory protection. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 5, at 1:00 pm EST. To learn more, visit the N95 Day web page.

Join Us for the Sleep and Fatigue Webinar, September 26

NIOSH presents the Working Hours, Sleep and Fatigue Webinar Series’ next installment on Fatigue and Automation: Black Swans and Lumberjacks Redux. The webinar is on Wednesday, September 26, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm EDT. It will focus on the benefits and challenges that occur with increasing levels of automation, with an emphasis on the effects of fatigue. Dr. Don Fisher, Principal Technical Advisor, Safety Transportation Human Factors at the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center, is the featured speaker. Register here.

Upcoming Registration & Lodging Deadlines for National Occupational Injury Research Symposium

The last day to preregister for the 7th NIOSH National Occupational Injury Research Symposium is October 5. Registration is free. If you miss the preregistration deadline, you can register onsite. The Symposium will be held in Morgantown, West Virginia, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place on October 16–18. To receive the Symposium room rate at the Marriott, you must book your room by September 23.

Reminder: International Society for Respiratory Protection 19th International Conference

The International Society for Respiratory Protection 19th International Conference will be held September 16–20, in Denver Colorado. The theme of this conference is The Value of Innovation and Practice in Respiratory Protection. NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard is the keynote speaker on Monday, September 17: he will talk about Perspectives on American Innovation. The full agenda is available on the conference website.

Save the Date: Working Hours, Sleep & Fatigue Forum, September 2019

Working nonstandard shifts can have adverse health and safety consequences for workers, their families, and the general public. Please join us for the Working Hours, Sleep & Fatigue: Meeting the Needs of the American Workers and Employers Forum on September 13–14, 2019, in Couer d’Alene, Idaho. Learn about research gaps and effective countermeasures related to working hours, sleep, and fatigue among U.S. workers and employers. Everyone interested in worker safety is invited to come discuss this important topic.

Save the Date: Work, Stress and Health 2019: What Does the Future Hold?

The 2019 Work, Stress and Health conference will be held November 6–9, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year’s conference will give special attention to the workplace of the future. As the world copes with growing economic, political, environmental, and social changes, what can organizations do to sustain the health and productivity of their workers? How do we design and manage organizations to accommodate the needs and use the skills of a changing workforce? Share what you know about the future of work and healthy workers with an international, multidisciplinary audience.