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NIOSH creates mobile app for chemical hazards

NIOSH has created a mobile app to accompany its Pocket Guide on Chemical Hazards.Containing more than 600 chemical entries and appendices, the app allows users to search by chemical name or synonym, as well as DOT, CAS or RTECS numbers.

State crackdowns barely impact physician drug dispensing

A new study by Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) finds in states where reforms to physician dispensing prescription drugs were put into place over the last several years, physician-dispensing frequency remains largely unchanged. The eight states studied include: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Short-term opioid use may contribute to circle of pain

A recent study led by research professors at the University of Colorado Boulder found that when lab rats were given opioids for just a few days, it caused an increase in chronic pain that went on for several months.

Working long hours raises women’s risk of cancer, heart disease

Women who work long hours for most of their career are at a higher risk of developing cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases, according to a study from Ohio State University. In comparison, the risk of arthritis increased for men who worked long hours, but the risk of chronic diseases did not.

CDC issues report on worker suicide, farming and construction among industries with highest rates

Strategies for preventing worker suicide are needed, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claim in a new report detailing the rates of self-inflicted death among U.S. workers. Among men, workers in farming, fishing and forestry again had the highest rate, 90.5 per 100,000 workers. For women, the highest rate was among those employed in protective services (14.1). The researchers cite possible causes and offer workplace prevention strategies.

New video: Protecting communication tower workers from extreme temps

The National Association of Tower Erectors has produced a safety video about the extreme weather conditions that communication tower workers may encounter on the job.

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