Occupational health refers to the identification and control of the risks arising from physical, chemical, and other workplace hazards in order to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment. These hazards may include chemical agents and solvents, heavy metals such as lead and mercury, physical agents such as loud noise or vibration, and physical hazards such as electricity or dangerous machinery. Since 1986, the NIEHS has supported training and education programs designed to protect workers and their communities from exposure to toxic materials encountered during hazardous waste operations and chemical emergency response. This includes safety and health training for workers who are involved in hazardous waste removal and comprehensive training and environmental restoration for residents living near heavily polluted industrial waste sites.
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What is NIEHS Doing?
- 14th Report on Carcinogens
- Applying 21st Century Toxicology to Green Chemical and Material Design - Speakers from a number of fields participated in discussions and presentations over the course of the 2011 two-day event on “Applying 21st Century Toxicology to Green Chemical and Material Design” in environmental health decisions. Here you can find the PowerPoint presentations from each talk.
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- Gulf Oil Spill Response Efforts
- GuLF STUDY
- Migrant Farmworker Housing Fails to Provide Relief from Heat
- Miller delivers keynote at international conference on occupational health
- Mobile technologies poised to aid training and emergency response
- National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety & Health Training
- N.C. industrial livestock workers found to carry drug-resistant bacteria
- New study reviews needs for research on health effects of fracking
- NIEHS Worker Training Program
- Occupational health insights into environmental exposures
- Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)(1MB)
- Captafol Profile: Report on Carcinogens
- Profile: Report on Carcinogens: Cobalt-Tungsten Carbide: Powders & Hard Metals
- Profile: Report on Carcinogens: o-Nitrotolulene
- Oil Spills
- Study Finds a Possible Biomarker of Occupational Exposure in Firefighters
- Study finds that dad’s job can influence birth defects
- WETP promotes logic model concept for training assessment
- Asbestos Worker and Employer Guide to Hazards and Recommended Controls(1MB)
- Environmental Diseases: Environmental Diseases From A to Z (English)(4MB)
- Hearing Protection(654KB)
- Homeowner's and Renter's Guide to Asbestos Cleanup after Disasters(1MB)
- Pesticide Action Network North America - PAN seeks to reduce the use of pesticides through more economically viable alternatives. Publishes reports on pesticide use, health effects, occupational safety, etc. Website also offers a Pesticide Database that allows you to search by chemical or product.
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- Talking to Your Doctor - Resources from NIH
- GuLF Study
- Notice of Intent to Publish a Request for Applications for Gulf Oil Research Consortia: Impacts on Health of Residents
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