AIHA | Protecting Worker Health www.aiha.org
MAY 2019
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CONTENTS
CONTRIBUTORS
SCOTT SCHNEIDER, FEATURE AUTHOR
Scott Schneider, CIH, FAIHA, recently retired as director of Occupational Safety and Health for the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America.
CHERYL L. (CHERI) MARCHAM, FEATURE AUTHOR
Cheryl L. (Cheri) Marcham, PhD, CSP, CIH, CHMM, FAIHA, is an assistant professor and program chair for the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management degree program at Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University.  
BARBARA J. DAWSON, FEATURE AUTHOR
Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, is a past president of AIHA and past chair of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
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CAN ERGONOMICS PROGRAMS HELP SOLVE THE OPIOID CRISIS?
PREVENTING PAIN IS THE KEY       Most of the response to the opioid crisis focuses on preventing overdose deaths, on providing the best treatment for people with opioid addiction, and on changing prescription practices to prevent new cases of opioid overuse. But we are never going to stop the influx of new opioid users only by changing prescription practices.

BY ANN MARIE DALE, BRAD EVANOFF, MATT MACOMBER, MARY O’REILLY, JONATHAN ROSEN, AND SCOTT SCHNEIDER
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ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES AND THE IH
UPDATED WHITE PAPER COVERS LATEST RESEARCH          
AIHA’s white paper on e-cigarettes was recently updated to discuss the latest research on e-cigarette hazards. How should industrial hygienists and safety and health professionals address the occupational and public health concerns associated with e-cigarettes?

BY CHERI MARCHAM AND JACK SPRINGSTON
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NAFTA’S LESSONS
WILL THE NEW NORTH AMERICAN TRADE AGREEMENT IMPROVE WORKER PROTECTIONS?        
Late in September 2018, the United States, Mexico, and Canada negotiated a new trade agreement. Most stakeholders—including labor and business groups—seem to favor a new agreement, but there are still many concerns about whether workers in all three countries will be better protected by the new agreement than they had been by NAFTA.      
  
BY BARBARA J. DAWSON
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LOUD AND CLEAR
A FOCUS ON HEARING LOSS 
Sponsored by Casella
Exposure to high noise levels can cause permanent, irreversible hearing damage, which can lead to serious health issues and prevent workers from operating at their best. Occupational hearing loss also has the potential to damage workers’ quality of life. It is a major health problem, yet it is 100 percent preventable. The key to prevention is in understanding the risks and consistently acting to minimize them.      
  
BY STEVE OCHS
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Can Ergonomics Programs Help Solve the Opioid Crisis?
Preventing Pain Is the Key
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