Article: Exposure of nail salon workers to phthalates, di(2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate, and organophosphate esters: A pilot study.

Relatively little is known about exposure of nail technicians to semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in nail salons. We collected pre- and post-shift urine samples and silicone wrist bands (SWBs) worn on lapels and wrists from 10 female nail technicians in the Boston area in 2016-17. We analyzed samples for phthalates, phthalate alternatives, and organophosphate esters (OPEs) or their metabolites. Post-shift urine concentrations were generally higher than pre-shift for SVOC metabolites;…

Article: One-Hour Pilot Training to Prevent Workers From Taking Home Workplace Contaminants

Workers can accidentally transport chemical hazards from the workplace to the home, known as “take-home exposures.” Recent take-home lead-poisoning cases highlight the need for effective prevention training. A one-hour take-home prevention training was developed in partnership with a nonprofit. The training was administered and evaluated during two training sessions with twenty-one trainees. The training was composed of a lecture and interactive activities. An illustrated poster was used with different prevention…

Atlanta Researcher Looks To Trees To Help Ease Highway Air Pollution

Plenty of Atlantans spend time on highways, speeding or inching or swerving along. But many people spend a lot of time near the highways, too: at their homes, schools or workplaces. And that’s not great for their health. In addition to greenhouse gases that cause climate change, car and truck emissions have been linked to heart and lung problems. So a Georgia State University public health professor is studying how…

Article: Heatwave Events and Mortality Outcomes in Memphis, Tennessee: Testing Effect Modification by Socioeconomic Status and Urbanicity

Heatwave studies typically estimate heat-related mortality and morbidity risks at the city level; few have addressed the heterogeneous risks by socioeconomic status (SES) and location within a city. This study aimed to examine the impacts of heatwaves on mortality outcomes in Memphis, Tennessee, a Mid-South metropolitan area top-ranked in morbidity and poverty rates, and to investigate the effects of SES and urbanicity. Mortality data were retrieved from the death records…

Small, wearable air pollution sensors will let workers know what they’re breathing

Every day, millions of workers head to their jobs and breathe any number of airborne chemicals, particles or vapors, all of which may or may not be affecting their health. Measuring these pollution exposures – and making that data meaningful to workers and employers – is both difficult and expensive. Colorado State University engineers and social scientists are working to make such measurements simpler, more affordable and more comprehensive, so…

New Article: Trust, Conflict, and Engagement in Occupational Health

Trust, Conflict, and Engagement in Occupational Health: North American Epidemiologists Conduct Occupational Study in Communities Affected by Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu). Science has been used as a tool of colonialism, and aspects of science privilege researchers in the global North (USA and Europe). The environmental justice and worker health movements in the USA and globally have influenced aspects of how occupational and environmental health research is conceived…

Wildfire smoke worse for kids’ health than prescribed burns

(Reuters Health) – Children who are exposed to smoke from wildfires may experience a greater health impact than those exposed to smoke from prescribed controlled burns, according to a small study in northern California. “Prescribed burns have been done for thousands of years to maintain the health of the forest, but there is public opposition to them due to the smoke exposure,” said lead study author Dr. Mary Prunicki of…

Article: Household Energy Solutions in Low and Middle Income Countries

Over a third of world’s population burns solid fuel in inefficient stoves or open fires for cooking, heating, and other household energy needs. The resulting household air pollution causes substantial health burden in adults and children. Use of solid fuel and kerosene stoves impacts households in other ways, including risks of burns or injury and time spent collecting and processing fuel rather than on income generation. Improving access to and use…

Fort Collins wins $1 million home energy efficiency grant. Here’s what it could mean for you

In a tight housing market like Fort Collins, why would landlords upgrade their property when there are already potential tenants banging down the door to move in? And why would tenants invest in property they don’t ultimately own? The city of Fort Collins thinks it may have bridged that gap — with the help of a $1 million award from Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge. It was one of nine cities, one of which is…