April 16, 2014 | Volume 12, Number 8

Promoting a Healthier America: National Public Health Week

The American Public Health Association (APBHA) held the annual National Public Health Week April 7-13.

National Public Health Week is a campaign that helps the APBHA fulfill its mandate: educate Americans on ‘key public health issues’ and help develop relevant policies.

The week-long event centered on five daily themes:

  • April 7th: Be healthy from the start (maternal health and school nutrition)
  • April 8th: Don’t panic (disaster preparedness)
  • April 9th: Get out ahead (prevention)
  • April 10th: Eat well (Diet)
  • April 11th: Be the healthiest nation in one generation (Global health)

For each theme, the APBHA provides statistics and other key information that raises awareness and lists recommended actions that support safety and health initiatives.

For more information, visit the National Public Health Week website.

NIOSH Launches Topic Page to Promote Healthy Aging

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has created a webpage that identifies aging-related chronic diseases and aims to keep older employees safer and healthier.

Among the age-related health conditions identified are arthritis, hypertension, and diabetes. The site also highlights how injuries to older workers take longer to heal, a fact that presents the need for a well-planned return to work program.

The NIOSH page also discusses the benefits of and simple strategies for an age-friendly workforce.

For more information, visit the NIOSH Topic Page.

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Lower Back Pain Accounts for a Third of Work Injuries Worldwide

Thirty-three percent of work-related injuries worldwide are caused by lower back pain, according to a group of researchers.

Their study, which was published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, revealed that:

  • Agricultural workers and workers between the ages of 35 and 65 were most vulnerable to back pain.
  • In 2010, back pain was responsible for 22 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs), a figure computed from a combination of years of life lost due to premature death and years of life lived with disability.
  • DALYs were high all over the world, and affected men and women of all age groups.

The research, led by the University of Sydney, is part of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study, which evaluated ill health and disability arising from all conditions in 187 countries for 1990, 2005, and 2010.

For more information, read the University of Sydney press release.

Revised Final Rule for Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made revisions to the construction standard for electric power line work, so that it will fit industry standards and update on-the-job requirements.

The changes cover:

  • Sharing of safety information by host and contract employers
  • Enhanced fall protection for employees on aerial lift workers and overhead line structures
  • Updated approach-distance requirements
  • New methods to prevent exposure to electric arcs
  • Care and maintenance of PPE.

The previous rule was 40 years old. OSHA estimates that the final rule will generate $179 million in monetized benefits.

For more information, read the OSHA press release.

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