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Preventing work-related Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)

Workers who disturb soil containing the Coccidioides immitis fungus and work in dusty outdoor areas are at risk for Valley Fever. Over 1000 Californians are hospitalized with this illness every year. About eight of every 100 people hospitalized with it die from the infection annually. Yet workplace health and safety plans often do not even mention Valley Fever, despite the fact that the illness can be disabling or fatal. Workers can be protected against this disease by the use of dust control measures and appropriate personal protective equipment. Now OHB has a web page featuring our prevention materials.

Preventing work-related Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) – Web page

Preventing worker deaths from methylene chloride

Methylene chloride (dichloromethane) is a widely used solvent that can cause serious illness or death when used in enclosed spaces. It is a cancer-causing chemical used in paint strippers, in the production of polymer foams and as a degreaser. OHB investigated the deaths of two California workers due to methylene chloride overexposure. Now OHB is launching a web page on preventing worker deaths from paint strippers containing methylene chloride.

Preventing worker deaths from paint strippers containing methylene chloride – Safer alternatives web page

Electronic Waste Recycling: Working Safely – New factsheet 

Our society’s increasing appetite for the latest electronic equipment is fueling a growing electronic waste (e-waste) recycling industry. In e-waste recycling, workers may encounter unanticipated hazards that can result in injury, hearing loss, and/or exposure to toxic dusts and other chemicals. These hazards can cause serious and sometimes permanent health problems. This fact sheet describes the hazards that may occur in e-waste recycling and highlights actions companies can take to control these hazards, as well as things workers can do to protect themselves.

Electronic Waste Recycling: Working Safely (PDF)Opens in new browser window – factsheet

For more information on our work in this area, see Early Warning about Workplace Hazards    


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