2014[1st] (Jan. 14, 2014) / 2014[2nd] (Jan. 20, 2014)

2014[1st] "The 4th Tidings from Around the World" is issued (Jan. 14, 2014)



We updated the News Letter “Tidings from Around the World” from the UOEH former staff, Mr. Tetsuo Ohfuji. Please enjoy!


[Tidings from Around the World, 4th issue]

The 1st 5S seminar

Happy New Year to all. At the beginning of the year, I, as a former staff of UOEH, wish everyone continued success.

It has been one year since being dispatched to Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FM) as a JICA senior volunteer. I have one more year to finish my term.

We’ve just had a seminar organized by the 5S committee at Pohnpei state hospital on December.

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2014[2nd] RE: Report from NYCOSH (Jan. 20, 2014)



<RE: Report from NYCOSH>


We would like to share the message and link of the downloadable report, “After 9/11, Are We Now Prepared to Protect Occupational and Environmental Health in the Next Disaster?”, sent from the New York Committee for

Occupational Safety and Health/NYCOSH for your reference. We hope they are useful for you.


*The message below was originally sent from Dave Newman of NYCOSH.




A new report from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) examines current emergency preparedness in the wake of the harm to occupational and environmental health that occurred during and after 9/11.


Here is what the National Safety Council had to say about the report:

"The nation is not prepared to protect emergency response workers’ safety and health should another 9/11-scale disaster occur, according to a report from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.


Released Dec. 30, the report summarizes findings from a 2011 national conference and concludes that although improvements have been made in protecting emergency response workers since the 2001 attacks and subsequent natural and man-made disasters, further steps must be taken to prevent or reduce “avoidable health impacts.”


Several challenges and short-comings exist in the preparation and response to major disasters, according to the report, which offered recommendations for improvement, including:

・Drive disaster response by public health principles and not political imperatives.

・Increase reliance on the Hierarchy of Control of hazards.

・Improve respiratory protection through training, enforcement and equipment redesign.

・Create updated and more proactive exposure limits.


In a foreword to the report, NIOSH Director John Howard said the recommendations are 'pertinent to issues that are vital for us to consider,' and called for improvements to emergency preparedness and response as a means to honor the service of workers who died responding to the 9/11 attacks."




The whole report, “Protecting Worker and Community Health: Are We Prepared for the Next 9/11?” is downloadable. The paragraph below is the part in the report that we believe it may be useful for you:


(Page 10; line 8 on the right)

“A mayoral task force estimated that up to 400,000 people may have been occupationally and/or environmentally exposed to WTC contaminants [117]. Approximately 60,000 first responders, recovery workers, volunteers, and

area workers, residents, and students are currently being treated and/or monitored by the WTC Health Program established by the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 [119].”