Topic: occupational health

High formaldehyde exposure linked with ALS

Men exposed to high levels of formaldehyde on the job—mostly funeral directors—may have triple the death risk from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, as men with lower levels of exposure, according to a new study from Harvard…

Improved safeguards needed at biosafety labs

More needs to be done to improve safety and public accountability at the nation’s high-containment biosafety laboratories that work with deadly viruses and bacteria, according to Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard…

Building safety into construction sites

May 8, 2015 — Emily Sparer may be the first Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health student to have construction workers cheering her on at her dissertation defense. Sparer, who is graduating in May with a ScD in occupational safety and…

Mediterranean diet and workplace health

Research suggests that “eating like a Greek”—with lots of olive oil, fruits, vegetables and fish, and smaller amounts of dairy, eggs, meats and sweets—can lead to longer, healthier lives. This “Mediterranean diet” will be the focus of a two-day conference at Harvard…

Student profile: Sandra Pirela SD '15

Q: Why did you choose Harvard School of Public Health? A: The decision to attend the Harvard School of Public Health was not a hard one. The state of the art research facilities and expertise of the faculty combined with the positive…

Solvent exposure may cause long-term brain damage

Workers exposed to solvents may continue to experience cognitive difficulties decades later, according to new findings by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues. In a study of retired male utility workers, the researchers found evidence of damage to thinking…

Keeping workers safe from health hazards on the job

September 16, 2013 -- Harvard School of Public Health’s Education and Research Center (ERC) for Occupational Safety and Health has been awarded a five-year, $1.8 million per year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety…

Reducing risk of head and neck pain from tablet computer use

January 26, 2012 -- People worldwide have been buying up tablet computers—small, thin devices such as Apple’s iPad--in droves, partly because of their ease of use and portability. However, little is known about the potential for tablet users to experience the same kinds…

Construction workers struggle with pain, stress from injuries

October 28, 2013 – Construction workers are frequently stressed about work-related injuries and pain and often fail to seek help, putting themselves at risk for more injuries and mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and even suicide, according to a new study…