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Best Practices for Effective Respirator Fit Testing in a Post-COVID World

July 19, 2022

By: Rob Brauch, Contributor Respiratory protection equipment (RPE) is a subset of PPE that has undergone rapid evolution and mass adoption during the recent global pandemic. New styles and types of RPE have been added to an already vast array of available products. When the SARS CoV-2 virus began circulating the globe, killing thousands of…

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Wearables in the Modern Workplace

July 19, 2022

By: Cheryl Palmer, Contributor Did you know helmets were once blamed for causing head injuries?  Yet today, the thought of setting foot on a work site without a hard hat is unheard of.  Low-tech PPE, such as hard hats, steel-toed boots and high-visibility clothing may sound like obvious safety requirements in 2022, but they were…

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Using Technology for Silica Dust Detection

July 19, 2022

How real-time data could be the beginning of the end for occupational silicosis. By: Glyn Pierce-Jones, Contributor Silica dust is deadly. This we know and have known for at least 150 years. Looking at the statistics, you can see how serious a problem this is: There are an estimated 40-50 million workers in the world who…

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Lone Worker Safety and the Rise of eCommerce

July 19, 2022

By: Dr. Kevan Orvitz, Contributor After a long and trying two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has transitioned from mass panic, constant flux and fear into a more relaxed understanding of the virus and its management. The chain reaction of events caused by the pandemic has resulted in a shift in societal values in the home…

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What’s a Problem Audiogram?

July 19, 2022

By: Theresa H. Small, Contributor In hearing conservation programs, Occupational Hearing Conservationists often are tasked in selecting problem audiograms to send to a Professional Supervisor (PS). One might ask, what is a problem audiogram, and which audiograms need to be selected for further review? Problem audiograms are often interpreted as those with a standard threshold…

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ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014: Head Protection Guidelines

July 19, 2022

“The ANSI/ISEA Z89.1 Standard for Head Protection is vital to Bullard’s design and manufacturing process for head protection; it’s used to measure and ensure that our products mitigate the impact, penetration, and electrical hazards today’s workers face. With market emphasis on enhanced head protection, it’s important the standard include these points so manufacturers can produce…

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Respiratory Protection: OSHA’s 1910.134

July 19, 2022

A proper respirator fit test is a critical component of employee respiratory protection. At TSI, PortaCount® Respirator Fit Testing equipment measures the fit of the respirator, while the user performs a series of moving, breathing and talking exercises designed to simulate the same movements made in the field. The PortaCount® Respirator Fit Tester can test…

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OSHA’s National Emphasis Program–Outdoor & Indoor Heat-Related Hazards

July 19, 2022

“Heat stress related injuries can occur under almost any scenario and can be dependent on many external factors along with the health/fitness of the individual. One important preventive measure often overlooked is proper hydration. Implementing this National Emphasis Program using a healthy hydration approach encourages workers to drink more water and ultimately saves lives.” Janet…

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NFPA 350 Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry & Work

July 19, 2022

Confined spaces are challenging working environments. Identifying the hazards involved then taking proactive steps to prevent them and minimize risks is paramount. Minimizing risks starts with knowing who’s inside a confined space, for how long, and monitoring the atmospheric conditions within it. This guide outlines many of the best practices we recommend with our own…

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Navigating Combustible Dust

July 19, 2022

“Proper housekeeping is a powerful and essential line of defense against many types of workplace hazards, and combustible dust is no exception. NFPA 652 recommends cleaning methods, such as vacuuming, but also outlines specific design requirements to ensure the equipment can meet the demands of collecting combustible dust. In the absence of a formal OSHA…

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