NIOSH Update, Occupational Health

NIOSH Webinars 2018

NIOSH is kicking-off a new Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series

 This new series continues the learning and discussions on NIOSH research and partnerships from the Expanding Research Partnerships: State of the Science Conference.

The 2018 webinar series will feature intramural and extramural research within the NIOSH Program Portfolio from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET onFebruary 14May 16, and November 14, 2018.

 Please join us on February 14, 2018 for these exciting presentations about work and health:

  •  “Work Arrangement, Job Stress, and Health-Related Quality of Life” – Tapas Ray, PhD, Economist, NIOSH
  • “Health-related Predictors of Workers’ Compensation Claims” – Erin Shore, MPH, Professional Research Associate, Colorado School of Public Health

 For additional information about this webinar and registration information, see this web link:

NIOSH looks forward to continuing the work on expanding research partnerships for the greatest impact in occupational safety and health.

Occupational Health

National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS)

Mark your calendar! March 2, 2018 is the deadline to submit abstract and session proposals for the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS). NOIRS will be held in Morgantown, WV on October 16-18, 2018. This year’s Symposium theme is: Advancing Worker Safety in the 21st Century Through Research and Practice.

Safety and health professionals, employers, researchers, students, and others who are interested in understanding and preventing workplace injuries can submit their work. For more information, visit our Abstracts & Sessions page.

Questions? Email or visit

Advocacy, Occupational Health

Preventing an Occupational Cancer: Mesothelioma

Shared from the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center (MAA) and written by Sarah Wallace a health advocate for patients dealing with the burden of mesothelioma cancer. She focuses on asbestos education and exposure prevention while also supporting the cancer community as a whole.

There are a number of external factors and circumstances which can lead to a cancer diagnosis. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1,688,780 new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2017, and roughly 600,920 were fatal. While there is still a lot to learn about the disease, there are recognized measures that decrease the risk of developing specific types of cancers.

Between 30 to 50 percent of all cancer cases are in fact preventable. Cancer prevention is the most cost-effective and sustainable strategy for regulating cancer. In light of National Cancer Prevention Month this February, we would like to highlight the toxic material, asbestos, which remains the number one cause of occupational cancer in the United States.

What is Asbestos and How is it Dangerous?

Asbestos is a naturally occuring mineral fiber that was popular between the 1940’s and 1970’s for its durability, heat resistance and affordability. For years, asbestos was viewed as the “miracle” material across various industries, ranging from the production of consumer goods to construction. However, as the popularity of the material grew, the dangers associated with the material also surfaced.

Damage to asbestos can cause particles to release into the air and become hazardous. Once inhaled, these fibers can lead to several health risks, which include lung disease, asbestosis, and most notably, mesothelioma.

Because the only cause of mesothelioma is from asbestos exposure, it’s important to learn about this cancer and what to keep any eye out for if you have been exposed. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that mainly affects the lining of the lungs and abdomen. Common symptoms of this cancer include chest pain, shortness of breath and fluid buildup in the lungs. Since symptoms are similar to other illnesses, it’s hard to detect mesothelioma early on. Many patients aren’t diagnosed until a later stage of the cancer.

Which Occupations are at Risk for Asbestos Exposure?

Many Americans assume that asbestos is banned in the United States. However, hundreds of thousands of pounds of asbestos have been imported to the U.S over the past decade. Despite the strict regulations on the use and importation of asbestos, exposure to the toxic material is more common than people may realize. It is estimated that 125 million people worldwide are exposed to the toxic material while working. Although anyone can be at jeopardy for coming into contact with asbestos, there are certain occupations which face a higher risk of exposure.