What's New from the Occupational Health Surveillance and Evaluation Program
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
Preventing falls in construction
Fall hazards are present in many occupational settings, but the construction industry has the highest frequency of fall-related fatalities. Falls account for one of every three deaths in construction. These deaths, and many injuries caused by falls, are preventable! A new web page from the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program highlights new fall prevention material: tailgate training cards, digital stories, fact sheets, and fatality investigation reports. National fall prevention resources are also included.
Preventing worker injuries and deaths from falls – new web page
Preventing palm tree trimmer fatalities
Tree trimming and pruning is dangerous work, and palm trees have unique risks. Inadequate or improper climbing techniques and equipment can cause fatal suffocation, falls, and electrocution. A new digital story (short video) from the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program explains the events that led to a palm tree trimmer being suffocated by palm fronds. Photographs from the FACE fatality investigation, and news clips, are supplemented with scenes recreated by tree trimmers. The videos (English and Spanish) highlight best practice climbing and trimming techniques.
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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