HHS Seeks Revision to Drug-Testing Guidelines

The Department of Health and Human Services is looking to make certain provisions to the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Drug Testing Programs.

If approved, the guidelines will:

  • Allow testing for oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone, as well as MDA and MDEA
  • Increase the pH cutoff from 3 to 4 in identifying “adulterated specimens”
  • Require MROs to renew their certification “at least every five years.”

The revisions also include adding references to the use of an alternate specimen in federal workplace drug testing programs. Issuing a separate notice, the Department of Health is also proposing that oral fluid specimens be collected and tested by federal agencies, procedures for which are outlined in the notice.

For more information, view the proposed revisions to the urine testing guidelines and those for the oral fluid specimen.

NACOSH Work Group Drafts Document on Temporary Worker Safety, Injury and Illness Prevention

The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health’s (NACOSH) Temporary Work Group met last month in Washington, D.C. to formulate a document that would help enhance the safety of temporary workers as part of injury and illness prevention initiatives. These include providing “best practices” for such workers.

Part of the work group’s mandate is to “develop recommendations for NACOSH,” which in turn advises the Secretaries or Labor and Health and Human Services.

Drafts of the document will be presented and discussed during a NACOSH meeting on June 17th.

For more information on NACOSH, visit their dedicated web page.

Study: Firefighters Face Higher Risk of Cancer

Firefighters are more likely to have cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Looking at adult male firefighters from the California Cancer Registry between 1988 and 2007, the study found out that firefighters were found to have increased risks for several cancers, including:

  • Melanoma
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Cancers of the esophagus, prostate, brain, and kidney.

Researchers added that Black and Hispanic firefighters face a higher risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, and cancers of the tongue, testis, and bladder than their white counterparts.

The study was published online in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

Read the abstract or view the NIOSH press release.

OSHA Updates Heat Safety App

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its heat safety app to include new and improved features such as:

  • Full-screen color alerts for all heat conditions
  • Better navigation and accessibility

The app offers heat safety guidelines depending on the user’s current outdoor workplace conditions, which are provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It also indicates a “daily maximum heat index,” which can help workers prepare for extreme heat and manage their work schedules.

The app is available in Android and iPhone and in English or Spanish and may be downloaded here.

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