CDC: Over 640,000 Cases of Insect-Borne Diseases From 2004 to 2016

There were over 640,000 cases of dengue, Zika, Lyme, or plague in the United States between 2004 and 2016, according to a May 2018 Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition, the number of diseases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites rose 300 percent in the same period, while nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks have been discovered or introduced since 2004.

Despite this prevalence, around 80 percent of vector control organizations have inadequate critical prevention and control capacities.

The Vital Signs report recommends that public health agencies:

  • Build and sustain public health programs that test and track germs and the mosquitoes and ticks that spread them.
  • Train vector control staff on five core competencies for conducting prevention and control activities.
  • Educate the public about how to prevent bites and control germs spread by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.

The report offers detailed statistics and infographics.

Sedentary Lifestyle Harms Memory

Sitting for prolonged periods among middle-aged and older adults affects the region of the brain critical to memory formation, according to a preliminary study by UCLA researchers.

The researchers asked 35 participants, ages 45 to 75, about their physical activity levels and the average number of hours per day they spent sitting over the previous week. Each participant then had an MRI scan that revealed details about the medial temporal lobe, which is responsible for new memories.

The researchers suggest, among other things, that sedentary behavior is a significant predictor of thinning of the medial temporary lobe.

To learn more about the study, read the UCLA press release.

Worker Compensations Cost US Businesses Over $1 Billion Each Week

Serious, nonfatal workplace injuries cost around $60 billion in workers’ compensation, according to the 2018 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.

The Index also states that overexertion involving outside sources cost the most among 10 common injuries ($13.7 billion). This was followed by falls on the same level ($11.2 billion) and falls to lower level ($5.9 billion).

The Index is based on 2015 data of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To learn about the report methodology and see the complete list of most expensive injuries, download the PDF.

What’s Next for OSHA? An Update on OSHA Regulations in the Pipeline

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has 20 regulations in varying stages in the DOL Agency Rule List - Spring 2018.

Nine regulations are in the pre-rule stage, while seven are in the proposed rule stage. The following four regulations are in the final rule stage:

  • Standards Improvement Project IV
  • Quantitative Fit Testing Protocol: Amendment to the Final Rule on Respiratory Protection
  • Rules of Agency Practice and Procedure Concerning OSHA Access to Employee Medical Records
  • Technical Corrections to 36 OSHA Standards and Regulations

Data for the study came from the National Health Interview Survey data in 2014. It offers findings that stress the importance of managing noise levels in the workplace.

View the complete list for OSHA, MSHA and other agencies under the Department of Labor (DOL). Select OSHA (or other agencies) from the drop down menu.

How Clean is Your Cleanroom?

Cleaning and disinfection protocols are an essential part of any successful cleanroom operation. They help minimize the risk of contamination and meet regulatory and environmental monitoring requirements.

DuPont Protection Technologies (DPT) has put together a helpful guide on cleaning protocols, typical PPE requirements and general guidelines.

If you work in an environment with aseptic processing, healthcare applications, pharmacy compounding, animal research, or similar operations, download this piece and learn more about how DuPont can help keep your controlled environments safe.

NIOSH: Falls Are Most Persistent Cause of Workplace Fatalities

There were 8,880 workplace deaths from 2003 to 2014, according to a recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Highlights of the study:

  • Majority of the deaths occurred in construction, and in the oil and gas industries, and involved falls from a higher to a lower level.
  • There were about four times as many deaths among men than among women.
  • Most of the fatalities involved employees between the ages of 45 and 54.

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, and from the BLS Current Population Survey, the study was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Read the NIOSH Research Rounds and view the abstract.

Hit-and-Run Incidents Rise 60 Percent Since 2009

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals there were 2,049 deaths due to hit-and-run crashes in 2016, the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009.

Other highlights from the study include:

  • On average, since 2006, around 682,000 yearly hit-and-run crashes have occurred.
  • About 65 percent of hit-and-run fatalities involved pedestrians or bicyclists.
  • The increase of hit-and-run deaths have risen around 7.2 percent, on average, annually since 2009.
  • Majority of hit-and-run fatalities (per capita) happen in New Mexico, Louisiana, and Florida, while the lowest are in New Hampshire, Maine, and Minnesota.

Given these statistics, the AAA has encouraged drivers to:

  • Be Aware
  • Be Cautious
  • Be Patient
  • Be Vigilant

Read the AAA press release to learn more.

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