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Acute Occupational Pesticide-Related Illness and Injury — United States, 2007–2010 

A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) summarizes data on illnesses and injuries arising from occupational exposure to pesticides reported by 11 states, including California, from 2007–2010. This report shows that acute occupational pesticide-related illness and injury continues to be an important problem, especially for agricultural workers.

Acute Occupational Pesticide-Related Illness and Injury — United States, 2007–2010

Summary of Notifiable Noninfectious Conditions and Disease Outbreaks — United States

Preventing worker drownings

Lake maintenance workers face unique risks when working over or near bodies of water. A new digital story (short video) from the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program explains the events that led to the drowning death of a worker named José. Photographs and details from the fatality investigation are supplemented with scenes re-created by lake maintenance professionals. The video highlights best practices including the importance of wearing personal flotation devices and training workers in water safety.  

Preventing worker drownings – video in English

Cómo prevenir muertes de trabajadores por ahogamiento – video in Spanish

Additional drowning prevention materials – new web page

FACE program digital stories – updated web page    

Pain is Not in the Job Description: Dental Hygiene and Ergonomics Video Series

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

Healthy cleaning & asthma-safer schools

Some cleaning products can cause asthma or make it worse, create other health problems, and pollute the air in California’s schools. New guidelines by the Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools (CLASS) project provide step-by-step guidance on how school districts can change cleaning procedures, resulting in safer school environments--often at a cost savings. A corresponding video introduces the guide, and features a school custodian whose asthma was directly affected by his job. Custodians and administrators across California describe their successes using the guide. Both the guide and video are available on a new web page that includes customizable tools for school districts.

Healthy cleaning & asthma-safer schools guide and video – new web page

For more information on OHB work in this area, see Tracking Work-Related Asthma

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Last modified on: 11/4/2015 10:15 AM