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Mitigating Risks, Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

August 3, 2021

By: Barbara Nessinger, Editor-in-Chief, Industrial Hygiene in the Workplace OSHA recently published guidance intended for employers and workers, in workplace settings outside of healthcare, to help identify risks of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19. Also designed to help employers determine appropriate control measures to implement, here is an overview of OSHA’s detailed guidance.  …

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ANSI/ASSP Z490 EHS Training Standard

August 2, 2021

  Sponsored By: “Vector Solutions sees the ANSI/ASSP Z940 standards on EHS training as incredibly valuable resources for everyone involved in EHS training—training producers like ourselves, EHS managers, people vetting EHS training before licensing it, training deliverers with deep content expertise but less training expertise, and more.” Vector Solutions, 866-733-0790, www.vectorsolutions.com History ANSI stands for…

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Monitoring Workers’ Exposure in Confined Spaces

May 18, 2021

By: Kevin Chase, Contributor Monitoring workers for exposure to respirable particulates, including dust, metals, crystalline silica, welding fumes and diesel particulate matter, is being driven by tighter regulations in almost every industry. Employers must be more attentive than ever to the personal exposure of workers. Workers also need to be educated on the potential dangers…

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Identify Combustible Dust Risks Lurking at Your Facility

May 18, 2021

By: Andy Thomason, Contributor Many manufacturing and processing operations generate dust particles that can ignite and cause a fire or explosion. Combustible dusts include food ingredients, seed and grain, metals, paper, pulp, plastics, textiles, biosolids, wood, rubber, dyes, pharmaceuticals and pesticides. Because each plant, factory and facility is different, identifying and understanding unique combustible dust…

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How to Clean Safety Equipment

May 18, 2021

By: David Ivey, Contributor These are strange times, with the idea of worker safety now coming to include a whole new dimension of minimizing contact with others and limiting the spread of germs among work crews. This new reality and the many challenges brought on by the current health crisis force us to rethink how…

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Growth of Nitrile Glove Market Means Buyers Need To Beware

April 19, 2021

Matthew Piortrowski and Brian Moseley, Contributors With both industry trends and the coronavirus pandemic prompting the increased use of protective gloves—particularly disposable gloves—a number of new, third-party industrial distributors have entered the market. Buyers should look beyond mere cost as the major factor in the purchasing decision, however, and ensure they are getting high-quality nitrile…

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Heat, Hydration & Worker Acceptance

April 19, 2021

Case Study: How Garney Construction found a heat stress safety solution to fit its diverse workforce and worksites Kyle Hubregtse, Contributor Garney Construction has put itself on a trajectory as an innovation leader in the construction industry. It completes both large and small projects for vital infrastructure for communities throughout the U.S. Whether it’s building…

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Gas-Detection Batteries: Benefits and Liabilities

April 19, 2021

Bob Henderson, Contributor Atmospheric monitors use sensors to measure gas. Some types of sensors need more power, while other types need less power. Very low-power sensors may use so little power that a set of disposable or rechargeable batteries can last for months or years of operation. But, no matter what kind of sensors are…

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Ergonomics for Industrial & Manufacturing Needs

April 19, 2021

Poor ergonomics on the job can lead to serious musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). These injuries have widespread consequences for workers and employers. Serious short- and long-term disabilities can occur when the right ergonomic equipment is not in place. For Health and Safety and Human Resources Managers within manufacturing and industrial organizations, ergonomics should be a top…

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Innovations in safety during the COVID-19 era

February 3, 2021

Sean Stinson, Contributor Responding to COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic brought about several, once-unthinkable challenges to the safety industry. Along with protecting workers from the daily risks of an industrial worksite, organizations were suddenly faced with continuing operations— while also keeping their people healthy and safe from a rapidly spreading disease. At the onset of the…

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