Monday, August 25, 2014

NIOSH Seeks Public Comment on Draft Document for Workplace Tobacco Policies

NIOSH is seeking public comment on a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB) called Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury Through Workplace Tobacco Policies. The public comment period closes on Sept. 15, 2014 and comments can be submitted here. “This draft document is aimed not just at preventing occupational injury and illness related to tobacco use, but also at improving the general health and well-being of workers,” says NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. The CIB integrates occupational safety and health protection with health promotion—including smoking cessation programs—to prevent worker injury and illness. It also explores topics such as tobacco use among workers, exposure to secondhand smoke and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Also included in the CIB are NIOSH’s recommendations and resources for individuals seeking assistance with tobacco cessation or additional information about workplace interventions. Read more about tobacco in the workplace at NIOSH’s website, and smoking cessation at the American Heart Association’s site.