Many dental hygienists work in pain or know others suffering from musculoskeletal disorders, known as MSDs. Dental hygienists and their employers can prevent MSDs by taking simple and practical steps to design or arrange the workplace for safe and efficient work. OHB and its partners created videos on ergonomics by and for dental hygienists. Dental hygienists in California can complete continuing education units by taking a California Dental Hygienists’ Association home-study course based on these videos.
To view the videos, see http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohb/Pages/ErgonomicsDentalHygiene.aspx
HIV transmission in the adult film industry
A male adult entertainment actor obtained a test for HIV that was negative. Then he had unprotected sex with several other male actors during film shoots in the next two weeks. After feeling ill, the actor had another blood test that showed he had recently become infected with HIV. Thus far, one other male actor from one of the film shoots has tested newly positive for HIV. Public health investigation and laboratory results provide very strong evidence that the first actor transmitted HIV to the other actor as a result of unprotected sex during the film shoot.
For investigation findings and key prevention points, see OHB's Occupational HIV Transmission in the Adult Entertainment Film Industry (PDF) health alert.
Healthy cleaning & asthma-safer schools
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Preventing palm tree trimmer fatalities
Preventing palm tree trimmer fatalities – video in English
Prevención de fatalidades de podadores de palmeras – video in Spanish
Additional palm tree safety materials – new web page
FACE program digital stories – updated web page
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