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January/February 2021

Should Employers Require Covid-19 Vaccinations?

February 3, 2021

Vaccines approved under Experimental Use Authorizations (EUAs) will be available soon. In theory, this should make re-opening businesses easier. As immunity develops within the population, the case-count will drop, and the many restrictions will be eased. Realistically, individual immunity will require about 2-3 months following the initial vaccine dose to develop fully. At best, in…

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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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A Checklist for Selecting a Safe & Reliable Respirator

February 3, 2021

John Schwind, Contributor Throughout most of the pandemic, our most prestigious medical and governmental institutions have advocated social distancing—six feet, at least—and wearing a respirator as the two most reliable practices to protect us from the coronavirus. The former is an issue of behavior. Being alert about our physical surroundings allows some degree of control,…

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Listen Up! A note from NHCA

February 3, 2021

The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) was formed in 1976. The founders of NHCA were mainly audiologists and otolaryngologists who were concerned with the serious problem of noise-induced hearing impairment resulting from occupational exposure to noise. The Association was created to provide a forum where professionals with similar interests could share information and gain increased…

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Protect Your Workforce Against Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

February 3, 2021

Steve Ochs, Contributor An estimated 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year.[1] For employers, worker exposure to noise could result in catastrophic penalties and compensation for hearing loss disability. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) claims that “an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss disability,”…

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Best Practices to Clean, Sanitize & Disinfect the Workplace

February 3, 2021

Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA, Contributor With the current COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an even greater urgency to keep industrial workspaces, schools, public spaces and commercial facilities clean. While a clean workspace can help reduce the risk of contracting the SARS CoV-2 virus, people need to understand that wiping a surface clean…

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Workplace Safety: Best Foot Forward in 2021

February 3, 2021

Dr. Kevan Orvitz, Contributor Our workforce is living in strange but critical times. For many in North America, coming out of the 2020-2021 holiday season was quite different than other years. The urgency of holiday hours, coupled with time spent away from family and friends, has been an adjustment—especially as we head into all the…

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Aerosol Science Significance for COVID

February 3, 2021

Thomas Grillo, Contributor This past October, The American Association for Aerosol Research conducted a virtual press conference to share insights on the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus. The conference was presented by a professional panel of aerosol researchers who shared convincing evidence that supports the fact that aerosols, not droplets, may be the leading…

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Air Quality Instrumentation: A History

February 3, 2021

David Pariseau, Contributor Air quality monitoring is relatively new in the commercial space, and we’ve seen a number of issues and concerns that are remarkably similar to those we faced in the early days of air quality monitoring in the industrial space. This article provides a brief history of the developments of air quality instrumentation…

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Forward Focus: The Future of Industrial Hygiene, Part 1

February 3, 2021

Barbara Nessinger, Editor-in-Chief The evolution of industrial hygiene includes improving the ability to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, control and confirm worker protection—across all of the industries that serve this growing field. Industrial Hygiene in the Workplace reached out to numerous companies for expert opinions on a range of subjects that affect how the field will change…

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