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Safety News You Need: Health and Hygiene

Feb 11, 2021

This week’s Safety News You Need highlights health organizations calling for guidelinesTaking temperature on a construction site related to aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2; a study on incident reporting among temporary construction workers; tips for protecting worker hearing; and what the workplace may look like in a post-COVID-19 world.

  • Some leading U.S. health organizations are calling on OSHA and CDC to develop specific guidelines related to the aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. In a joint consensus statement, the organizations call for regulation, research and funding for airborne transmission prevention practices. Read more
  • Construction workers face unique hazards, and reporting is an important tool for ensuring incidents are addressed to prevent recurrence. A recent study examined the barriers that prevent temporary construction workers from reporting injuries and near hits. Read more
  • Approximately 12% of the working population suffers from hearing loss. A new NIOSH article examines steps you can take to reduce worker exposure to noise and to chemicals that can damage hearing. Read more
  • COVID-19 has changed the world of work in many ways over the past year. Harvard scholars recently examined how workers’ collective experiences from the pandemic will shape the workplace into the future. Read more



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