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A+A 2OO7 TVade Fair Continues to Grow in lUumbers
A-i-A 2007, International Trade Fair for Safety', Socurit\ >ind I k\ilth .it Work, expects more than 1,300 exhibitors, and 54,000 trade visitors to take part in tbe intemational event held in Dtisseldorf, Gennany. The fair, which is slated for Sept. 18-21, will feature exhibits witbiii tbree main categories—personal protection, occitpational bealth and occupational safety. It will also serve as a networking opportunity, as many European businesses in the field of cKCUpational safety find health will be able to meet and discuss tbe indtistry. Another higbligbt is a special exhibit that includes the Good Practice Forum; tbe Science & Research Forum; tbe Corporate Fashion Sbow; tbe Initiative for a New Quality of Work's presentation entitled "Office as a Success Factor"; and the Health & Safety Meeting Point. For more information on A+A 2007, visit www.mdnLi.com.
who participate in noisy recreational activities. The educational website, www.besthearingprotection .com, provides information on various environments and illustrates, witb charts and explanations, tbe different noise sources found in those environments. The site also provides users with information about hearing loss and otber pbysiological effects of prolonged noise exposure, and it covers different bearing protection methods, sucb as devices tbat incorporate advanced technologies.
Aiian St. John Hoit Remembered for His Many Contributions
The SH&E iiidustry recently lost one if its top contributors, Allan St. John Holt. He had nearly 30 years experience on tbe Institution of Occupational Safety and Healtb's (lOSH) Council of Management, and twice served as lOSH's president. As lOSH president, St. Jobn Holt encouraged international cooperation between governments and professional societies and set up lOSH's International Committee. Otber important contributions include: suggesting unification arrangements for professional training and examination that led to the formation of tbe National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health; cofounding tbe South Coast Brancb of lOSH in 1976; authoring tbe
books Pfittcipk's of Health attd Safety nt Work, which is in its 7tb edition, and Principles of Conslruction
A+A 2007 Trade Fair will feature exhibits in personal protection, occupational bealth and occupational safety.
iUIOSH Recommends Surveiilance for HeaKhcare Workers
A new report from NIOSH recommends medical surveillance for bealtbcare workers who are exposed to bazardous drugs while at work. The report outlines basic elements of the program, including health questionnaires; laboratory tests; physical examijiations completed at tbe time tbe worker is hired, then updated periodically; and follow-ups witb workers whose bealth bas clianged or wbo have bad significant exposure. Employees can be exposed to harmful drugs tbrough skin absorption or contact, ingestioti, inhalation or injection. Due to the many exposure pathways, NIC^H recommends correct PPE, work practices and engineering controls in addition to worker surveillance. NIOSH Director jobji Howtird says, "Tbe recommendations in this document, whicb were developed in partnership with healthcare professionals, offer practical and effective measures for instituting and maintaining safe, efficient procedures for handling hazardous drugs." To view tbe full report, visit www.cdc.gov/ niosh/docs/wp-solutions/2007-117.
Safety, tbe COSHH Assessment Workbook and many otber articles for professional publications; and organizing the first American-European Construction Safety Conference in 1989. At tlie time of bis deatb, St. Jobn Holt was the honorary president of Southampton Occupational Safety AsstKiation since 1990, a magistrate since 1987. He was also a nonexecutive chair for the Hascom Network Ltd. and tbe group bead of bealth and safety at Royal Mail, helping tbe company reduce accidents by 50'/o, For tbis accomplisbment, be was awarded tbe Order of the British Empire in tbe 2007 New Year's Honors List.
CSB Calls on Governments to Establish OSHA Programs
At a recent bearing, tbe U,S. Ciiemicai Safety and Hazard Investigative Board (CSB) urged "governments at all levels to take steps to protect public employees from preventable chemical accidents, including the establishment of programs incorporating mandatory OSHA standards." The hearing, "Workplace Safety: Wby Do Millions of Workers Remain Without OSHA Coverage?" was conducted before tbe House Subcommittee on Workftirce Protections. The testimony cited CSB's investigation of tbe metbanol fire and explosion at the Bethune Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Florida tbat killed two workers and injured one in January 2006. CSB reported tliat insufficient safety training, a lack of
Pro Tech Communications Launches iUeinr Weiisite
Pro Tech Communications Inc., manufacturer of tbe NoiseBuster line of headpbones and otber bearing protectitin proditcts, has recently launched a new website targeted at workers in industrial occupations, individuals who use loud tools and people
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