Natl. AIHA Tasked by CDC to Develop Public Education on Workplace Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases
AIHA has received a Notice of Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Under CDC’s program “Improving Clinical and Public Health Outcomes through National Partnerships to Prevent and Control Emerging Infectious Disease Threats,” AIHA will develop more public education resources aimed at various working populations to complement the Association’s current library of Back to Work Safely resources, which were developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.
AIHA has announced that the annual AIHce EXP 2021 and professional development courses (PDCs) will be fully virtual (May 24-26). The virtual conference will be packed with thought-provoking keynotes, practical case studies, and actionable education sessions related to COVID-19 as well as dozens of other cutting-edge OEHS topics to help attendees stay up to date. Many of the professional development courses will be held virtually as well. Every full registration automatically comes with access to AIHce OnDemand session recordings, enabling attendees to catch up on sessions they missed or earn additional contact hours through December 31, 2021.
Keeping Our Homes and Families Safe and Mold-Free -- Mold in residential homes can be responsible for an increased risk of respiratory disease. Unfortunately, mold in residential homes is a common occurrence. That’s why AIHA has released a video series to help the general public understand what mold is and how it affects them; what they can do to fix their mold problem and how to keep their families safe. AIHA’s Mold Resource Center offers more information and resources on this subject. We encourage you to share these assets, thanks to the efforts of the IEQ Committee, with your colleagues and friends.
NIOSH has published a new webpage that features resources on work and fatigue. Associated with NIOSH’s Center for Work and Fatigue Research, the new topic page provides links to archived recordings of webinars on worker fatigue, an online training program, relevant research being conducted by NIOSH, and other resources available from NIOSH, federal agencies, and external partners. These resources include a fact sheet helping employers to manage worker fatigue amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to NIOSH, worker fatigue is associated with nonstandard schedules—such as night shifts—and extended hours, as well as stress, physically and mentally demanding tasks, and working in hot environments. Fatigue can result in slower reaction times, affect cognition and sleep, and contribute to numerous negative health effects, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and psychological disorders. Investigations have found that worker fatigue has been a contributing factor to high-profile disasters, including the Three Mile Island and Exxon Valdez accidents.
The NIOSH Center for Work and Fatigue Research was created to expand the existing literature on worker fatigue and develop practical solutions. For more information, refer to the NIOSH fatigue topic page and the Center for Work and Fatigue Research webpage.
Related: Read “COVID-19 and Worker Fatigue” in the November 2020 Synergist.