Linking Entrepreneurship, Invention, and Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is calling on inventors and entrepreneurs to find a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and related hearing loss in its Hear and Now - Noise Safety Challenge.

Any idea related to occupational hearing protection can be submitted for the competition, but suggested topics include:

  • Technology that will enhance employer training and improve effective use of hearing protection.
  • Technology that alerts workers when hearing protection is not blocking enough noise to prevent hearing loss.
  • Technology that allows workers to hear important alerts or human voices while remaining protected from harmful noise.

The deadline for submission is September 30th. Ten finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel on October 27th in Washington D.C. where investors, NIOSH Research-to-Practice staff, and personnel of the U.S. Patent Office will be in attendance.

The contest is open to all except employees of federal OSHA, state plan states, and on-site consultation programs. Submission guidelines and mechanisms can be viewed at

NIOSH Launches Mobile Web App for HazMat, Chemical Safety

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards, a mobile web-based application that presents key information and data in abbreviated tabular form for 677 chemicals or substance groupings.

Featuring recommended exposure limits for chemicals, the pocket guide provides chemical information in more accessible ways, and helps employers and employees recognize and control occupational chemical hazards. The information includes or pertains to items such as:

  • Chemical Name
  • Structure/Formula
  • CAS Number
  • RTECS Number
  • DOT ID and Guide Numbers
  • Synonyms and Trade Names
  • Conversion Factors
  • Physical Description
  • Chemical and Physical Properties
  • Incompatibilities and Reactivities
  • Measurement Methods
  • Personal Protection and Sanitation Recommendations
  • Respirator Selection Recommendations

View the full list of information and get the Pocket Guide in four platforms: PDF, online, print, or as a mobile application. The Pocket Guide provides ‘abbreviations and codes’ for user guidance.

Protect Employees from the Zika Virus with CDC Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed Zika 101 for Employers and Employees, a webinar that discusses the virus, symptoms transmission routes, and preventive measures, especially outdoors.

Watch the webinar via YouTube.

Cases of Zika infection have been reported in South America, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. Transmission routes include mosquito bites and sexual contact.

Prevention measures include using insect repellents; eliminating standing water on which mosquitoes can breed; wearing clothing that covers key parts of the body; and cleaning and removing the water from possible containers such as buckets, drums, etc.

The webinar is one of many resources that the CDC has made available to various sectors, such as colleges and universities; schools; healthcare providers; and outdoor workers.

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Wrist and Shoulder Pains Due to More Office/Desk Work

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries conducted a study, “Office Ergonomics Evaluation in a Naturalistic Work Environment,” which sought to determine the impact of office work, including the use of equipment, on specific parts of the body.

The study showed that employees are spending more time on computers and at their desks than in 2009. By examining typical work activities and postures with a time-lapse camera, the researchers were able to capture images of task performances of workers during a complete typical work shift. They also measured muscle activation levels which help determine potential stress sources on various body parts.

Highlights of the study:

  • More musculoskeletal issues were reported by all participants, at rates higher than in 2009.
  • Typing using the keyboard required the most effort and stress on the wrist extensor.
  • Shoulder pains due to high static loading were reported among 79% of the participants, higher than the 31% in 1991 and the 37% in 2009.
  • Lower back pains caused 29% of participants to miss work; 25% because of shoulder aches.
  • Complaints of ‘eyestrain, dry or watery eyes, blurred vision’ and other eye-related concerns came from 95% of respondents.

The researchers recommend that future ergonomic designs must help reduce shoulder static loading. Read the study, its methodology, findings, and recommendations.

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