New NIOSH workers’ compensation primer applies to public health, worker populations

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies has released Workers’ Compensation Insurance: A Primer for Public Health. The primer is designed to encourage work-related injury and illness prevention research among public and private sector partners. The agency says workers’ compensation insurance records can be used as a resource for […]

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NIOSH updates strategic plan to protect nanotechnology workforce

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently published Protecting the Nanotechnology Workforce: NIOSH Nanotechnology Research and Guidance Strategic Plan, 2013–2016, which updates its 2009 plan. Nanomaterials are found in hundreds of products including cosmetics and clothing and in industrial and biomedical applications. The strategic plan will be used to advance understanding of […]

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Private sector employers paid record $372.1 million to resolve workplace discrimination claims in FY 2013

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports it received a total of 93,727 private sector charges of discrimination in fiscal year 2013. It resolved 97,252 charges, nearly 14,000 less than in FY 2012. The decline in resolved cases is largely attributed to staffing and resource constraints the agency faced in FY 2013, including job […]

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Survey shows 9% of workers do not report injuries because they fear retaliation

Nine percent of Americans injured on the job did not report their injury to their employer because they were afraid they would suffer consequences such as being fired, not being promoted or being harassed, according to a newly released survey from, PRNewswire reported yesterday. Three percent of the 1,000 survey respondents said they suffered […]

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National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 8-14

Dec. 8 will mark the start of National Influenza Vaccination Week. This observance highlights the importance of annual influenza vaccination for anyone over 6 months old, particularly people in high-risk groups. Visit for educational materials, web tools and related Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activities. Additional information and resources for healthcare professionals are […]

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