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Spring 2020

The Future is Here: Technology in a Pandemic

June 30, 2020

Many companies have em- braced technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. From remote communication tools to AI to EHSQ software, never has technology been more necessary to connect people and help with production challenges than it has in 2020. IHW sat down with Sean Baldry, Product Marketing Manager, Safety & Health Solutions, at Cority, to dis-…

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Getting Enlightened About Single-Use Gloves Improves Worker Health

June 18, 2020

Cheryl Reep, Contributor The Historical Single-Use Experience Take a moment to think about wearing single-use gloves. If you just thought about tight-fitting, powdery-feeling, hand-sweating, flimsy gloves that make you want to wash your hands after you use them–you are like most people today. And, you are just like most workers who are required to wear…

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Five Things to Know for an Effective Written Respiratory Program

June 18, 2020

Robin Regan, Contributor Whether you work in construction, chemical/pharmaceuticals, healthcare or confined spaces, the risk of exposure to respiratory hazards is inevitable. Just because it’s not always visible, protection against these hazards is more than a nuisance—exposure to dust, gases and vapors can lead to serious, life-threatening diseases. There is no “one-mask-fits-all” approach to respiratory…

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An Overdue Update: Respirator Fit-Testing Methods

June 18, 2020

Barbara Nessinger, Editor-in-Chief Respirator fit-testing is a protocol used to evaluate sealing surface leakage of a specific, tight-fitting respirator while it is being worn. Individuals do not have to be issued the same respirator that they are fit-tested with, as long as they are issued a respirator that is the same make, model, style, size…

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Protect Employees From Silica Exposure

June 18, 2020

Mark Stromme, Contributor Employees in general industry facilities can be exposed to respirable crystalline silica dust. This exposure occurs during the manufacture of brick, concrete blocks, stone countertops or ceramic products. It also happens when cutting or crushing stone. Industrial sand used in certain operations, such as foundry work and hydraulic fracturing, is also a…

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How to Overcome Instincts to Improve Safety

June 18, 2020

No matter who you are or what you do, one major challenge that we all face is overcoming ingrained behaviors to change our actions. Sometimes, these ingrained behaviors make it difficult for us to remember to do something simple, like run an errand on the way home from work. Other times, our ingrained behaviors can…

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Working In Permit-Required Confined Spaces

June 18, 2020

Mark Stromme, Contributor Many workplaces contain areas that are considered “confined spaces.” These confined spaces are not necessarily designed for continuous occupancy by employees, but they are large enough for workers to enter and conduct inspections, perform minor repairs and perform maintenance activities. Know the Difference Confined spaces are different from permit-required confined spaces. A…

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Gas Detection in the Time of Coronavirus

June 3, 2020

Real-time gas detectors may not be able to detect COVID-19, but they are vital tools for many essential workers. Sanitizing instruments, plus the need to detect new chemicals in the workplace introduced by new sanitization techniques, are creating issues for many instrument users. Bob Henderson, Contributor Keeping workers safe from COVID-19 exposure includes ensuring any…

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Best Practices for Employee Safety Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

June 2, 2020

Elizabeth Cuneo, Contributing Editor The ongoing COVID-19 crisis affects all people and all businesses across the U.S. Because everyone is concerned about safety and health measures right now, it’s important to adopt the necessary safety measures to keep your facility and employees safe. According to OSHA, companies of all sizes should develop an infectious disease…

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Prevent the Spread of COVID-19: How to Clean Safety Equipment

June 2, 2020

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 we…

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