How to Implement an Effective Quality Management System

By: Wes Knight, Contributor In today’s economy, with cost and inflation rising and margins and profits falling, companies are looking for any advantage they can find. Compliance is one avenue that some companies are taking advantage of, but many are overlooking. Going through a compliance assessment and maintaining that compliance can benefit a company in…

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OSHA’s General Duty Clause and Lone Worker Safety

Have you ever heard of OSHA’s General Duty Clause? Do you know how it can affect your organization and its operations? Unfortunately, many employers answer no to those two questions and are at risk of regulatory fines and potential civil and criminal lawsuits, as a result. “Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees’…

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What are Elastomeric Respirators?

Elastomeric respirators are tight-fitting respirators that provide greater than N95-level protection and are made to be safely reused for years. You may be hearing more lately about elastomeric masks online and in the media. These types of reusable, rubber half-masks are nothing new and have been a staple piece of PPE for many workers across…

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Hearing Protector Fit-Testing: Hear to Stay

By: Laurie Wells, Contributor Hearing protector fit-testing was recognized as a best practice in hearing conservation in 2008 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Alliance. Since then, individual fit-testing of hearing protectors has grown worldwide as an integral part in occupational hearing loss prevention programs. The importance of hearing protector fit-testing is evident:…

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Using Noise Compliance Measurements to Plan Noise Controls

By: Dan Wilding M.Eng., Acoustics, Contributor Effective hearing conservation programs need to have two critical parts to reliably protect the hearing health of employees. The first is accurate noise measurements within the facility. The second is the implementation of necessary controls to protect employees’ hearing. These controls can be administrative changes, using personal protective equipment…

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Tackle 2023 Resolutions with Connected Gas Monitoring Solutions

By: Dante Moore, Contributor As we settle into the new year, safety managers and other emergency personnel have likely been reflecting on what goals they’d like to achieve—whether that’s improving on last year’s accomplishments or ensuring they’re protecting employees in avoidable, hazardous situations. One easy way to accomplish your goals in 2023 is to create…

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Selecting a Personal Sampling Pump for the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry

By: Tim Turney, Contributor Workers in the offshore oil and gas industry are exposed to a range of hazardous substances, leaving them vulnerable to asthmatic and allergic reactions, as well as longer term illnesses—such as cancer and cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous system disorders. While the cost to human health can be devastating, the financial costs…

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Sampling Can Validate Workers’ Exposure to Air Contaminants

By: Ray Chishti, Contributor Up-to-the-minute regulatory information helps companies stay in compliance and keep employees safe. New for 2023 and running every other issue, Regulatory Review will feature a different aspect of current compliance advice from the experts at J.J. Keller & Associates. –Barbara Nessinger, Editor-in-Chief Safety professionals are more often wearing multiple hats in…

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TaskBrand® Prep-Paint-Finish Wiping System A Complete Five-Step Solution

The key to a clean, detailed finished surface Painting and refinishing is a painstaking, multi-step process that requires attention to detail and quality materials to achieve the desired outcome. The necessary materials extend beyond the coating or paint being applied. The wipers used to clean and decontaminate a surface between steps are critical as well.…

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You Understand Cut Risks. You’ll Still Want to Read This.

Cut-related hand injuries are an omnipresent issue in most industrial workplaces. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), over 40% of hand injuries reported in NA in 2017 were caused by cuts and lacerations. In Europe, 15.6% of hand-related accidents are due to contact with sharp/abrasive objects, Eurostat reported. The costs of failing to protect workers…

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