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It's Limerick Voting Time!
The finalists have been chosen and it's now time to vote for our winner in the
2nd Annual International Occupational Safety & Health Limerick Contest!
Voting on our Facebook page will continue until 10am Friday, March 16.
Simply 'like' your favorite limerick to cast your vote. The post with the most 'likes' will be our winner. Our website will announce the winner at noon Friday, March 16. Thank you to all who participated this year!
Tool Time: NIOSH Sound Level Meter App

The NIOSH Sound Level Meter App is a free tool designed to measure sound levels in order to reduce occupational noise-induced hearing loss. It provides awareness on the potential workplace noise hazards to help workers make informed decisions thus promoting better hearing health and prevention efforts.
In addition to providing information on noise and hearing loss prevention, the app instantly reports the sound level assessed by a built-in microphone in A, C, or Z-weighted decibels that can be selected from the “Settings”. The main screen gives information on the:

  • Total run time: Total run time for the current measurement
  • Instantaneous level: Default sound pressure level in A, C, or Z-weighted decibels [dB(A), dB(C), dB].
  • LAeq: Equivalent (averaged every second) continuous sound level in A-weighted decibels [dB(A)].
  • Max Level: Highest sound pressure level during a measurement period.
  • LCpeak: Peak sound pressure level in C-weighted decibels [dB(C)].
  • TWA: Time-Weighted Average is the sound level accumulated over any time period, but with its average computed over an 8-hour time period.
  • Dose: A percentage of the maximum allowable daily noise dose. Exposures at 100% or above are considered hazardous.

Note: This app is only for iOS devices.
Details of the app can be accessed at:

Total Worker Health 2nd International Symposium
Make plans to attend the Total Worker Health 2nd International Symposium, May 8-11, 2018 in Bethesda, MD. Register now to lock in the early bird registration rate that is only available through March 31, 2018. The Symposium will cover a wide range of issues relevant to advancing worker well-being through Total Worker Health.

Conference Topics: 
  • Workplace Risks and Health Outcomes
  • Health and the Work Environment – Optimizing Organizational Policies and Practices
  • Approaches to Supervision and Employee Relations and Links to Health
  • Changing Workforce Demographics
  • Work-Life Continuum and Implications for Well-being
  • Work Design and New Technologies
  • Globalization and the International Economy
  • Partnerships and Collaborations
  • Advancing the State of the Science for Total Worker Health: Methods for Research and Interventions
Example Plenary Session Topics:

Attendees are encouraged to wear sneakers and fitness casual dress as opportunities for physical activity are scheduled throughout each day. 

For more information, visit

Research News
Early Stage Breast Cancer and Return to Work
Early detection and treatment of breast cancer has led many women to be able to return to work, particularly those with early-stage cancer. While medical advances have been great, disparities for African American women remain. A pilot project funded by the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest to Christine Ekenga, PhD, a faculty member at Washington University at St. Louis, is examining factors that influence return to work as well as the quality of life for early-stage breast cancer survivors. Dr. Ekenga and her colleagues have already found that African American women, women with more fatigue, and uninsured or publically insured women were less likely to have returned to work two years after initial diagnosis. The study results will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal, Cancer.

Early-Stage Breast Cancer and Employment Participation After 2 Years of Follow-up: A Comparison with Age-Matched Controls
Ekenga, C. C., Pérez, M., Margenthaler, J. A., & Jeffe, D. B. 

Event Planner

March 21 NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar
March 29-30 Occupational Health Symposium
April 10-11 Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health
April 11-13 IISC Professional Development Conference & Expo
April 29 - May 4 International Congress on Occupational Health
May 8-11 2nd Intl. Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health
Visit our calendar for a full listing of trainings, conferences, and other events
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