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When is it Time to Replace Your Work Gloves?

April 4, 2022

By: Rick Pedley, Contributor [Editor’s note: The following main article is from Workplace Material Handling & Safety’s February 2022 issue.] All gloves will eventually need to be replaced, especially if you’re wearing them all the time. In general, they shouldn’t be wearing out daily, but getting a few weeks out of a regularly used pair…

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Foamed Eyewear for Eye & Face Protection

April 4, 2022

Eye and face protection is one of the most commonly used personal protective products in industry. According to the CNIB, of an estimated 1,000 eye injuries in North American workplaces each day, about 5% of those injuries will be “debilitating enough to interfere with work on a short-or long-term basis.” Legislation and the Health &…

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Changing Workers’ Attitudes About Hearing Protection

April 4, 2022

By: Ted Madison, Contributor Some of the most effective actions employers can take to prevent noise-induced hearing loss involves training people who work in noise to protect their hearing; and conducting fit testing of hearing protectors[1]. To change the attitudes of workers, focus on how valuable it is to hear well and how hearing damage…

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How To Determine the Right PPE for Your Worksite

April 4, 2022

By: Allie Thunstrom, Contributor With ever-changing risks confronting workers daily, there is a constant challenge to keep them safe. New technology development is certainly crucial to the goal of zero injuries, but how does one take it all in; roll out a safety program; and adapt that program amidst constant change? The first step is…

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Safe Industrial Plant Gas Monitoring

April 4, 2022

By: Del Williams, Contributor Detecting dangerous gases with versatile, advanced modular systems can speed compliance and construction project completion. Whether new or retrofit construction, monitoring hazardous gases in industrial plants that process pulp and paper, as well as at loading docks and receiving areas, is often crucial to safety, compliance and productivity. Exposure to potentially…

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Who Can Handle the Heat?

April 4, 2022

Heat Stress in General Industry By: Holly Pups, Contributor Is the risk of heat stress lurking in your facility? The signs of heat stress can be ambiguous, especially in manufacturing settings, which makes recognizing and mitigating the risk difficult. Employees are subjected to extreme temperatures when working around hot machinery, in direct sunlight or in…

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Emergency Temporary Standards: What they Mean for Businesses

April 4, 2022

COVID-19 continues to be a focal point for companies across the country. OSHA tried to step up its efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, announcing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring COVID-19 vaccination or a testing and mask policy for employers with 100+ employees. But, on January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme…

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Communication is Key to Safe Confined Space Entry

April 4, 2022

By: Dave Wagner, Contributor We have all heard the famous line from the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke: “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” Poor communication can lead to unexpected and unwanted outcomes in many situations, but lack of communication, or “failure to communicate” during a confined space entry operation, can lead…

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Ventilation Troubleshooting: Before You Call the Engineer

April 4, 2022

By: Phillip Rauscher, MPH, CIH, CSP Engineers with experience in industrial ventilation design and troubleshooting are few and far between. Pair this with the fact that increasing awareness of industrial hygiene principles, lower OELs and greater environmental awareness will further drive the need for high-functioning, efficient ventilation systems—and we can see engineers’ time will be…

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