2011-03-01 12:00 - Messages

State of the Art in Hearing Protection Research is Addressed by NIOSH Scientists in Special Journal Issue

Leading experts from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) contribute to this month's special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Noise and Health on state-of-the-art research on hearing protection devices. The March-April issue of Noise and Health is available online at www.noiseandhealth.org. The articles present latest findings in areas where new research is vital for addressing challenges that practitioners, employers, and workers can face in choosing and using proper hearing protection. These include:

•Proper fit testing of hearing protectors.
•Determining the performance of different types of hearing protectors in reducing noise exposure.
•Addressing potential discomfort from hearing protectors, which can be an impediment to their proper use.
•Developing appropriate, effective training programs for use of hearing protectors.

Source : Source : Noise & Health, March-April 2011,  vol. 13, no 51, p.85-200


Lack of Adherence to Respiratory PPE Seen During First Wave of H1N1 Pandemic

Many healthcare professionals were exposed to the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus during the first wave of the pandemic because they were not using respiratory protection and/or other pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE). David B. Banach MD, MPH, of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and colleagues, suggest that unprotected exposures tended to be more frequent among healthcare workers caring for patients with atypical clinical presentations.


Glove Certification

International Glove Association launches Certification and Standards 2010 Initiative Program will end confusion over glove standard ratings.  In the hand protection marketplace there are many concerns on how confusing the different standard ratings are (CE and ANSI) as well as how they are misused and miscommunicated to the end users. There is a need for leadership from the hand protection industry on this issue. As a result, the International Glove Association (IGA) has staked out a leadership role on setting performance standards for attributes of hand protection and certifying available products to the established standards.




Work at height building maintenance video

The video is for those involved in working at height who carry out building and plant maintenance activities. It aims to make you aware of the steps that should be taken to ensure the work is carried out safely and to demonstrate a number of different types of access equipment in use.


An updated standard to help users evaluate and select adequate hand protection has been published by ISEA.


 American National Standard for Hand Protection Selection Criteria (ANSI/ISEA 105-2011), first published in 2000, is designed to assist users and employers in the appropriate selection of gloves for identifiable workplace hazards that could result in chemical burns, severe cuts and lacerations, and burns caused by heat and flame exposures.  ANSI/ISEA 105-2011 was developed by ISEA's Hand Protection Group and was reviewed by a consensus panel representing chemical handling professionals, testing facilities, utility providers, and government agencies.



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