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Winter 2020

Sampling Pump Innovations Make Compliance Sampling Easier

January 29, 2020

By Debbie Dietrich, Contributor In this new decade, health and safety professionals will continue to see advances in monitoring technologies, including connected worker devices, wearables and miniature sensors. Together, these just might revolutionize chemical exposure evaluation. Amidst these innovations lies the heart of air sampling for OSHA compliance: the personal sampling pump drawing air through…

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Hear This: Noise Conservation in the Workplace

January 29, 2020

By Barbara Nessinger, Editor-in-Chief Some 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year, according to OSHA’s most recent estimates. In fact, in 2018, U.S. businesses paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise, with an additional $242 million in workers’ compensation paid out for hearing…

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Voluntary Use of Respirators: Making Sense of OSHA Regulations

January 29, 2020

By Travis Rhoden, Contributor It is not uncommon for employees to approach their supervisor or safety manager and ask about wearing a respirator, just because they will “feel more comfortable” doing the work. It is also not uncommon for the supervisor or safety manager to be unclear on whether to allow this type of voluntary use…

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Industrial Dust Toxicity and Explosivity Hazards Control

January 24, 2020

By Zachary Hachmeister, Contributor Dust in industrial settings can present a variety of hazards, but the two that are most prevalent relate to the toxicity and explosive characteristics of the material. Both hazards are addressed in different fashions; however, there is some correlation between the two. For toxicity purposes, government agencies, such as the American…

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Empowering Safety & Productivity Performance with Big Data

January 24, 2020

Lohrasp Seify, M.Sc., MCSE, Contributor Understanding how to transform data into quality insights and drive results is quickly becoming an expectation of professionals across every type of industry. According to a 2019 Deloitte survey[1], 70% of business executives working at companies with a large workforce (500+ employees) expect data analysis to become even more important…

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How to Manage an Effective Hearing Conservation Program

January 24, 2020

Noisy work environments can cause hearing loss in workers assigned to those areas. Equipment that generates unwanted sound, or noise at or above 85 decibels, A-weighted (dBA), is normally the cause.  Understanding the amount of noise in the workplace is the first step in managing an occupational hearing conservation program. It is in the best…

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Selecting the Right Dust Collector Filter Media for a Safer Work Environment

January 24, 2020

By Randi Huckaby, Contributor High-efficiency, cartridge-style dust collectors are critical for protecting workers and equipment from harmful dust and fumes. However, a dust collector is only as efficient as its filter cartridges. When working at peak performance, filter cartridges should capture the maximum amount of dust and air pollutants, and then thoroughly release them into…

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Improve Performance: Digitally Transform Your Management System

January 23, 2020

By Sean Baldry, CRSP, Contributor In a 2000 survey, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) reported that its members were spending almost 50% of their time on activities other than industrial hygiene.1 In the two decades since, that trend doesn’t appear to have slowed. Companies appear to be shifting, more and more, toward a generalist…

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