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NIOSH Chief Identifies Key Occupational Health Issues

In an editorial in the British journal Occupational Medicine, NIOSH Director John Howard identifies several occupational health issues/industry sectors in the U.S. that require additional research and attention:

  • Oil and gas
  • Robotics
  • Sensors
  • Nanotechnology
  • Silicosis
  • Black lung
  • Disaster Science
  • Healthy Workforce

He further explores those topics in a post to the NIOSH Science Blog and asks members of the OSH community for input on how to best protect workers in these areas. Share your thoughts on the NIOSH Science Blog.


OSHA Final Rule to Lower Beryllium Levels

OSHA has issued a final rule that lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a metal material that can cause lung disease. The agency reports that beryllium can become highly toxic when it is processed in a way that releases airborne dust, fumes or a mist into air that can then be inhaled by workers. ( Read more )

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