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It’s Not Just Dust: Implementing a Respirable Crystalline Silica Training Program

November 16, 2021

By: Rachel Krubsack, Contributor More than 2 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to crystalline silica on the job. Crystalline silica is a natural component of sand, rock and mineral ores. It’s also found in materials such as concrete, mortar, granite and artificial stone. The most common form of crystalline silica is quartz. Simply…

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Navigating Laboratory Safety During a Pandemic

November 16, 2021

By: Phillip C. Bauknight, Contributor Safety is always critical to the operation of a laboratory. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the potential risks and safety concerns for many laboratory workers. As any experienced laboratory personnel can attest, rules can sometimes fall by the wayside even during “normal” times. While such lapses do not…

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Exposure Assessments Can Be Comprehensive and Cost-Effective

November 16, 2021

By: Tom Burgess, Contributor As an industrial hygienist, I work with companies to ensure employees are not exposed to dangerous conditions at work. These conditions can include anything from chemical vapors to noise or heat. An exposure assessment process is used to understand worker exposures and potential health risks. For some companies, the phrase “exposure…

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Mitigate Workplace Hazards with Contextual Mobility

November 16, 2021

By: Joe Boyle, Contributor As business has become increasingly mobile, employers have needed new ways to manage employees’ device usage to ensure safe and appropriate use. This is especially true for companies whose workers are field-based, meaning they don’t report to an office each day. Rather, they’re on the move, such as in transportation and…

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For Safety’s Sake: Managing Industrial Dust and Fumes

November 16, 2021

By: Jon Ladwig, Contributor Many industrial manufacturing and processing applications produce dangerous airborne dust or fumes. Facility operators must be diligent in controlling these particles to ensure the health and safety of workers and to maintain regulatory compliance. Dust consists of fine particles of dry, solid matter that are carried in the air and eventually…

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