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HSC - Statistics of workplace fatalities and injuries - Falls from a height

This report gives the statistics of fatal and non-fatal injuries to workers in 2007/08p and recent years, for Great Britain. It provides top level and detailed statistics for injuries resulting from falls from a height in support of monitoring the targets set under Revitalising Health and Safety (RHS), launched by the Health and Safety Commission and the Government in June 2000.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/pdf/rhsfall.pdf

Best Sites for H1N1 Information

Web sites around the world report information about H1N1 2009, the influenza virus affecting many Northern Hemisphere countries this fall. Which are the best places to find out what you really need to know?

Source: http://ohsonline.com/portals/h1n1.aspx

Occupational Health Issues Associated with H1N1 Influenza Virus (Swine Flu)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is coordinating with other parts of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address national health needs associated with preventing the spread of H1N1 flu virus and providing information to workers and employers. NIOSH provides technical guidance for workers, including health-care and transportation workers, for whom job-related questions about exposure or infection may be an occupational concern.

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/H1N1flu/

Assessment of slips safety information/literature provided by flooring and footwear suppliers

Nearly 11,000 workers suffered serious injury as a result of a slip or trip in 2007. A key element of HSE's work to reduce slips and trips is to raise awareness of how slip risks can be controlled through the use of suitable flooring and footwear.

Source: http://news.hse.gov.uk/2009/10/22/rr747-assessment-of-slips-safety-informationliterature-provided-by-flooring-and-footwear-suppliers/?rss=

NIOSH-Approved Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators

The N95 respirator is the most common of the seven types of particulate filtering facepiece respirators. This product filters at least 95% of airborne particles but is not resistant to oil.
There are some products that are approved by NIOSH as an N95 respirator and also cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a surgical mask. These products are referred to as Surgical N95 Respirators and are indicated with the Model Number/Product Line followed by (FDA) appearing in a RED FONT.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/topics/respirators/disp_part/n95list1.html

Preventing Flu Outbreaks in Health Care Workers

Surgical Masks vs. N95 Respirators
Surgical masks appear to be no worse than, and nearly as effective as, N95 respirators in preventing influenza in health care workers, according to a study released by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).

Source: http://ehstoday.com/health/wellness/preventing-flu-outbreaks-health-care-workers-4777/

Résumé de l'article: http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/2009.1466?home

N-95 Respirators and Surgical Masks

With the advent of a novel H1N1 influenza outbreak in spring 2009 and the expectation of a second wave during the 2009–2010 flu season, there has been considerable interest in the use of surgical masks (facemasks) and respirators as infection control measures. Although their appearance is often similar, respirators are designed and engineered for distinctly different functions than surgical masks. The amount of exposure reduction offered by respirators and surgical masks differs. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the use of a NIOSH-certified N-95 or better respirator for the protection of healthcare workers who come in direct contact with patients with H1N1. The CDC guidance can be found in Interim Guidance on Infection Control Measures for 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Healthcare Settings. In September 2009 the Institute of Medicine released a report "Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers in the Workplace Against Novel H1N1 Influenza A" that also recommends N-95 respirators for the protection of healthcare workers from H1N1. This blog examines the scientific principles behind the design and performance of surgical masks and respirators. Although these principles apply to all particulate respirators, the discussion presented in this article is focused on the most frequently used respirator in healthcare settings, the N-95 filtering facepiece respirator (FFR).

Source: hthttp://www.cdc.gov/niosh/blog/nsb101409_respirator.html

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