Posts made in August, 2014

Controlling Whole-Body Vibration

Vibration is an occupational hazard in the workplace. It is separated into two sub categories – Hand-Arm vibration (HAV), which is usually associated with the use of vibrating hand tools, and Whole-Body Vibration (WBV), which is experienced when the operator or driver sits or stands on or in a vibrating machine. Such operations include truck and tractor...

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Job Stress

As part of its mandate, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is directed by the U.S. Congress to study the psychological aspects of occupational safety and health, including stress at work. NIOSH works in collaboration with industry, labor, and universities to better understand the stress of modern work, the effects of stress on worker...

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Controlling Hand-Arm-Vibrations

Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) is defined as the transfer of vibration from a tool to a worker’s hand and arm. Hand-arm vibration is caused by the use of vibrating hand-held tools, such as pneumatic jack hammers, drills, gas powered chain saws, and electrical tools such as grinders. The nature of these tools involves vibration (a rapid back and forth type of motion)...

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Working Outdoors in Hot Weather

Outdoors work, in hot weather, presents special exposures for workers. Besides the long-term concern with skin cancer from exposure to the sun, three immediate concerns that should be addressed are heat exhaustion, Lyme disease, and West Nile Virus infection. Heat The combination of heat and humidity can be a serious health threat during hot weather. Workers at a...

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