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Get Prepared for Heat

May 31, 2018

As summer approaches, now is the time to create safe work practices for outdoor work in the heat.  Cal/OSHA recommends these 4 steps:

National Public Health Week 2018

April 05, 2018

This week we celebrate National Public Health Week (NPHW). Join the CDC and the American Public Health Association in creating the healthiest nation in one generation. Public health begins with safe communities, water, and food. In addition, having access to healthcare and preventing injuries and illnesses are essential to our nation’s health.

Check out these resources for more information and activities!

NPHW 2018 Website

Learn more about the Healthiest Nation 2030 goal and a new public health topic every day this week on the National Public Health Week website 

Staying Healthy at Work During Flu Season

February 22, 2018

Close contact with co-workers can make staying healthy a challenge during flu season.  Getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to prevent flu.  The CDC recommends these other important actions to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading the flu: (https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/workplace/employees.html)

1. Stay home when you are sick

Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone 

Silica

January 25, 2018

Cal/OSHA’s new Silica standard took effect in June, 2017, and has been enforced since Fall 2017.  The standard contains a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) as well as new requirements for medical surveillance. https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/1532_3.html

Workers who inhale fine crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious silica-related diseases, including:

Go Green for the Holidays

December 05, 2017

This holiday season, join the CDC in promoting sustainability with its “Go Green for the Holidays” suggestions (https://www.cdc.gov/features/greenholidays/index.html).  The season of giving can be an opportunity to give responsibly and with care for the environment.  How you wrap gifts, which types of decorations you hang, and how you shop can positively impact your environment and your community.  Here are some of the CDC’s sustainable holiday ideas:

Lead Poisoning is Preventable!

October 27, 2017

This week is the California Department of Public Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 22-28). Many workers are still exposed to lead on the job, and may risk inadvertently exposing their families to lead when bringing home lead dust from work on clothes, shoes, or tools. In work environments with lead, employees can prevent exposure with careful personal hygiene such as washing hands at break times and changing clothes prior to leaving the worksite. Click on the links below to learn more about working safely around lead:

Occupation-related Asthma

September 26, 2017

According to AAALAC International, Allergic reactions to animals, occasionally resulting in the development of occupation-related asthma, are among the most common conditions that adversely affect the health of personnel in the animal research environment. It is estimated that the prevalence of allergies in animal care workers range from 10% to 44%. Preplacement screening evaluations, attention to facility design, work practices, and the use of personal protective equipment can reduce the potential development of laboratory animal allergy and possibly alter its severity.

Fragrances and Asthma

September 11, 2017

Two decades of data from California suggests that being exposed to fragrances at work can increase one’s chance of developing asthma or trigger a flare-up of pre-existing asthma. Fragrance exposure may occur with the use of air fresheners or when coworkers use fragrances for personal care.

Coccidioidomycosis/ Valley Fever

July 26, 2017

This month, the California Department of Public Health brought attention to a potentially serious health risk for California outdoor workers in the Central Valley. Valley Fever (or, coccidioidomycosis) can affect workers who dig in the soil. It is a fungal illness caused by inhaling spores found in soil in parts of the Southwestern U.S. Employers in these areas are encouraged to help prevent Valley fever by training employees, taking measures to control dust, and suspending outdoor work during heavy winds.