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April 18, 2011

April News and Notes

Alcohol Awareness Month
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence encourages communities to share information about alcoholism as a chronic, progressive disease that is fatal if untreated. Alcoholism is a family disease that is treatable, and people can and do recover. In fact, millions of Americans and their families are living lives in recovery from alcoholism. Download a flier to post in your workplace. (pdf)

New BLS Report: Workplace Hazards of Food and Beverage Servers
Most nonfatal injuries and illnesses occur when food and beverage servers are performing their regular job duties, resulting in falls, overexertion, contact with dangerous equipment, and other incidents usually considered accidents. By contrast, most fatal injuries are homicides that result from crime, interpersonal disputes or other types of workplace violence. Read more here.

New NIOSH Resource Shows Risks of Japan Radiation Dispersal
A NIOSH Web page provides information to help workers, employers, and occupational health professionals stay informed about ongoing federal activities to address the release of airborne contamination from the damaged Japanese power plant. The page will be updated as new information becomes available. Visit it here.

Novel Training Tools to Prevent Injuries in the Trucking Industry
The Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis through Surveillance (TIRES) program includes two innovative computer-based simulations to demonstrate the risks for injury associated with common work activities in trucking. The simulations address injuries from exiting the truck cab and trailer and slips, trips and falls on working surfaces. The two training simulations are available at

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