2016-02-01 12:00 - Messages

NIOSH Ladder Safety App Evolves with User Feedback

The award-winning NIOSH Ladder Safety App is now updated based on our users’ feedback. First introduced in 2013, the app has received much positive feedback.  As of the end of 2015, it has more than 52,000 downloads. Among those promoting the app are state officials, industry leaders, and safety professionals. Many companies have even incorporated the use of the app as part of their safety policy. It has also attracted considerable international attention and earned a merit award from the Digital Health Awards, a program that recognizes the world’s best digital health resources for consumers and health professionals.

Source: http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2016/02/29/ladder-app2/

Ebola Care and Lack of Consensus on Personal Protective Respiratory Equipment

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa presents a considerable occupational risk to the health personnel involved. The principal mode of virus transmission to health care personnel is through direct contact with the patient, although transmission by aerosols through the air may also occur. Many safety protocols have been suggested relating to personal protection and particularly respiratory protection. It is generally agreed that all health care workers should have easy access to personal protective equipment. However, the degree of respiratory safety escalates from a mask, to an adequate respirator, and finally to a whole body suit with integrated helmet and positive air pressure. Recent publications demonstrate a lack of consensus on the degree of safety necessary. The step from “safe enough” to being “absolutely safe” seems, in most countries, insurmountable because of costs and logistics.

Source: Hanoa, R.O., & Moen, B.E. (2016). Workplace Health & Safety, 64(2), 48-50. 
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2165079915608405

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