NIOSH revises advice to protect responders from airborne pathogens

first_img Revised NIOSH recommendations The document also discusses circumstances in which non-CBRN respirators can be used, and it addresses decontamination of protective equipment after use. It says the use of personal protective equipment should be part of a worker health and safety program that also includes preexposure immunizations and postexposure preventive treatment and medical monitoring. The “Recommendations for the Selection and Use of Respirators and Protective Clothing for Protection Against Biological Agents” were updated to reflect changes in equipment ratings and standards since the previous version was issued in 2001, said John Decker, associate director for emergency preparedness at NIOSH. The document was published online last week. The revised version includes respirators rated for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) hazards as well as updated National Fire Protection Association standards (NFPA) for protective clothing, Decker told CIDRAP News. NIOSH says the guidelines are “oriented toward acts of terrorism” and do not apply to controlled use of biological agents in laboratories. Apr 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently revised its recommendations about personal equipment for protecting first responders from airborne pathogens in potential bioterrorism situations. See also: “A lot of this has changed over the last several years,” Decker said. “In 2001 we didn’t have CBRN respirators. This was part of a general review of our site and which documents needed to be updated as part of a routine process.” The recommendations call for using CBRN respirators and the highest level of protective clothing for suspected biological incidents when the type of airborne agent or the dissemination method is unknown. The guidance describes circumstances that allow for lower levels of protection, such as when the agent is known and it was disseminated in “a letter or package that can be easily bagged.”last_img read more

I-74 lane closures begin Thursday

first_imgBatesville, In. — Crews working for the Indiana Department of Transportation plan to close the eastbound lane of I-74 today (Thursday, November 29) near Western Creek (mile marker 153.7) for guardrail repairs. Once the recently damaged guardrail located in the median area of I-74 has been replaced, INDOT will switch the eastbound closure to the highway’s right lane and right shoulder where stabilization operations at a slide site will occur over the next 30 days.Next, crews will set concrete barrier wall sections—weather permitting—on Friday, November 30. Then excavation on an eroding slope just west of Western Creek will begin in preparation for slide correction measures by a specialty geohazard subcontractor.Crews from Geostablization International are scheduled to begin work at Western Creek Monday, December 3. They will stabilize the slope with “soil nails” driven into bedrock.  Metal gridwork attached to these steel shafts will be overcoated with shotcrete—forming a substantial retaining wall.Once this embankment is stabilized, all I-74 lanes will remain open for winter travel until Phase III operations begin next spring.last_img read more

Trojans hope it all adds up in Minnesota

first_imgAfter two weeks, the jury is still out and the question remains:Which USC team will show up Saturday in Minnesota?Podcast: The Daily Trojan’s sports editors discuss Saturday’s game versus the Golden Gophers.Armed · Sophomore qurterback Matt Barkley has seven touchdown passes through two games this season, almost half of the total he threw in 2009. He leads the Trojans against Minnesota on Saturday looking to go undefeated in non-conference games. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanAfter two uneven performances on both sides of the ball, the No. 18 Trojans (2-0) hope to see the explosive offense they showcased against Hawai’i and the stingy defense seen last week against Virginia in the 12:30 p.m. game.The Golden Gophers (1-1) have some questions to answer themselves, coming off a 41-38 loss to FCS opponent South Dakota. Minnesota coach Tim Brewster emphasized his team needed to move on and focus on the visiting Trojans.“It’s a big, physical, athletic football team,” Brewster said on Minnesota’s website. “They’ve got five-star football players across the board on their football team. A great deal of talent.”The Golden Gophers are led by the nation’s sixth-leading rusher in running back Duane Bennett, who has racked up 291 yards and two touchdowns on 48 carries.Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber, in his fourth year starting under center, has completed almost 65 percent of his passes and thrown three touchdowns.“They’re playing really well on offense,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “They’re running the ball extremely well, the tailback’s got a ton of yards [and] the quarterback’s rating is great.”Minnesota does not have as much going on defense (see the 41 points let up by South Dakota). Its defense returns only two starters from last year’s 6-7 squad.That could open the door for USC’s offense to have a more Hawai’i-type performance. If so, it will start with the running game. Redshirt junior running back Marc Tyler still leads the Pac-10 in rushing with 221 yards and is looking to bounce back after only 67 yards last week.More action is also expected from freshman running back Dillon Baxter, who made his debut against Virginia, carrying the ball nine times for 49 yards. It will be Baxter’s first road game after missing the Hawai’i game for violating team rules.“It should be a challenge,” Baxter said. “I guess people have been saying away games are pretty loud so we’ll see what happens.”USC’s offense also will need more stellar play from sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley.Despite throwing five touchdowns against Hawai’i, last week might have been Barkley’s more impressive performance considering how often he was forced to elude Virginia’s rush and throw on the run.The one unquestioned constant from USC’s first two games has been penalties. The Trojans lead the nation in the category, with 24 penalties for 240 yards.Kiffin said he would not discuss the issue with the media this week in hopes of taking pressure off his players.Injuries, especially on defense, will also be a concern as the Trojans struggle to stay fresh late into the game.Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Nick Perry and junior defensive lineman Armond Armstead were limited in practice this week, and it will be a game-time decision as to whether the two play Saturday.Although the trip to Minnesota marks the Trojans’ second road trip of the year, this weekend marks the last one of this length.“This is two long trips in a row,” Kiffin said. “It’s good that we’ve done it before and it’s good that we’ve knocked the two long ones out right away.”The Trojans departed for Minneapolis Thursday after practice. USC has not faced Minnesota since 1980 but has won its last 10 straight contests against Big Ten opponents.last_img read more

SA research spending ‘on track’

first_img11 June 2008Close to one percent of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) comes from research and development (R&D) spending by the public and private sectors, ensuring that the country’s economy remains competitive in the global arena.Science and technology plays an important role in the South African economy, and is seen as essential in order to increase economic growth to 6% per annum by 2010, as called for by the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).Addressing Parliament in Cape Town last month, Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena said R&D spending, which currently stood at 0.9% of South Africa’s GDP, was a good indication of the competitiveness of the country’s economy.Delivering his budget speech, he said that the department had received an allocation of R3.7-billion for the 2008/9 financial year, for a wide range of science projects and programmes.While private enterprises currently funded about half of the country’s R&D spend, he said the budget allocation was vital, as his department was responsible for ensuring that South Africa maintained and strengthened its competitiveness by increasing investment in relevant R&D initiatives.Developing critical skillsIn addition, a further R195-million has been set aside to strengthen the scientific capacity of higher education institutions in the country, as part of the department’s goal to combat the critical shortage of human resources in science, engineering and technology.“This is in light of the number of research chairs, which will increase by at least 30% over the next three years, providing mentorship to postgraduate students,” said Mangena.This investment in human capital development is in line with the department’s national R&D strategy, which among others, puts enormous value on human capital, and canvasses for the spirit and practice of innovation to be treated as a national asset.One of the challenges facing the department was that the number of school-leavers who have science as a grade 12 subject remained low.“If we continue to lose our best young minds, our National System of Innovation will be rendered completely ineffectual, and our infrastructure, environment and economy will suffer,” he said.Skills development in science and technology remains a key challenge for the country’s science system and the department, through its Youth into Science Strategy, places emphasis on interventions aimed at popularising mathematics and science related careers at high school level.Square Kilometre ArrayIn addition the country was currently working towards winning the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array in partnership with, and for the benefit of the entire continent, Mangena said.By winning the bid, Southern Africa would receive a major boost in radio astronomy research, with more student training and an increased infrastructure layout.The department is also working towards the creation and establishment of the Technology Innovation Agency, which will be a public funding agency to bridge the innovation gap between the local knowledge base and the productive economy.These initiatives are all part of a larger plan, the Ten-Year Innovation Plan for South Africa, which maps the course for enhancing innovation and enormous potential to contribute to sustained economic growth over the next decade.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Brand South Africa and Owami Women celebrate great women this Heritage Day

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 23 September – This Heritage Day, Brand South Africa will celebrate the country’s heritage with the women’s organisation Owami Women. The event, hosted by Brand South Africa and Owami Women will celebrate women who play their part in preserving the country’s heritage.Through its flagship programme ‘Play Your Part’, Brand South Africa recognises and celebrates South Africans who continue to make a positive contribution in their communities. Brand South Africa therefore recognises the positive impact that Owami Women has played in addressing women’s issues in the country ranging from social to business matters. It is for this reason that Brand South Africa, through Play Your Part has partnered with Owami Women.At the Heritage Day event, Owami Women’s members will have an opportunity to share how they each play their part in making South Africa a country of which we can all be proud. A great line-up of inspirational women is planned and there are six women who will be receiving special recognition Play Your Part awards on the day courtesy of Brand South Africa at an awards ceremony. The women who will be honoured are Nawaal Mdluli, Motlalepule Mokhine, Kea Refilwe Modise-Moloto, Sithe Ndaba, Nthabiseng Monareng and Nothado Baloyi.Entertainment will be provided by live performance of the famed duo Roots 2000 MXO and Sliq Angel who will be singing their fusion of great musical sounds.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Thursday 24 September 2015Venue: Oasis Lonehill Lodge, 31 Mulbarton Road LonehillTime: 11h00 – 15h30Dress: Traditional attireRSVPBrand South Africa: Boitumelo Mpete at [email protected] or 011 712 5007Owami Women: Bridget Nkuna at [email protected] or 083 547 1262last_img read more

Can Carpeting Be Green?

first_imgIn the green building community, carpeting has a bad reputation. While hardwood flooring is the honor student who sits in the front of the class, carpeting is the kid in the back row, shooting spitballs and ignoring the teacher.Does carpeting deserve its bad reputation? Or has it been unfairly maligned? The case against carpeting I’ve assembled the seven most common reasons that are used by green building experts to argue against carpeting.Carpeting absorbs water and can therefore harbor mold. Carpeting is hygroscopic, and once it gets wet, it stays wet for a long time. Since mold needs a damp environment to grow, it loves damp carpeting.Carpeting harbors dust mites and pet dander. These substances don’t bother everyone, but they can trigger symptoms in people with allergies.Carpeting lowers indoor air quality (IAQ). This association is vague, but one document explains that the reduction in IAQ is due to “mold spores, dust mites, dirt and other allergy-producing substances” as well as “the synthetic fibers in carpet.” For the record, there is no evidence that dirt causes allergies; in fact, there is considerable evidence that exposure to dirt lowers the chance of allergy development. Most Americans tolerate synthetic fibers, since these fibers are used to make clothing.According to another source (Green From the Ground Up), carpeting can “off-gas” and collect “chemicals that are tracked in from outdoors.” The book doesn’t provide further details, but it makes sense to conclude that people who spread pesticides on their lawn will probably bring some pesticide residue indoors on the soles of their shoes.Carpeting is associated with sick building syndrome. The causes of sick building syndrome are in dispute, but some studies have shown a correlation between… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

US Olympic cyclist Kelly Catlin found dead in her home at age 23

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Indian Wells: Ailing Serena Williams out, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal move on LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:36Undas 2019: Remembering the dead and reuniting with the living00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Catlin’s father, Mark Catlin, told VeloNews that his daughter killed herself.Catlin was born and raised near Minneapolis, Minnesota, and rose to prominence on the track as a member of the U.S. national team. She also raced on the road for the Rally UHC Pro Cycling Team, and she was pursuing a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHOW TO GET HELPThe Department of Health (DOH) earlier said suicide is a tragedy that could be avoided. Those who may need help can contact its Hopeline, a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline in the Philippines, at (02) 804-4673 and 0917-5584673, 0917-5582919 for Globe and TM subscribers. FILE – In this Wednesday, July 22, 2015 file photo, United States gold medalist Kelly Catlin poses after winning the women’s individual time trial cycling competition at the Pan Am Games in Milton, Ontario. Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who helped the U.S. women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, died Friday, March 8, 2019 at her home in California. She was 23. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who helped the U.S. women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, died Friday at her home in California. She was 23.USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini said in a statement Sunday that “the entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more