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Keeping the Chill Out: Advice for Preventing Cold Stress

Baby, it’s cold outside. But for anyone who works outside or in a cold environment, this is no joke. You may be at risk for cold stress. This includes outdoor jobs involving construction or agriculture as well as indoor jobs that involve things like cold storage. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have a specific standard

Beat the Heat: Identifying and Preventing Heat Stress

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Now that summer is in full swing, heat stress can be a major concern in workplace environments. It can potentially cause irritability, low morale, absenteeism, shortcuts in procedures and unsafe behavior according to NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). In severe cases, heat stress, in the form of heat stroke, can be extremely serious. Excessive

Cannabis Industry Safety Concerns and PPE Considerations

As of April 2021, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands and 36 states have legalized marijuana to some degree under state law, typically for medical reasons and/or recreational use. There are 12 other states that have decriminalized certain levels of possession. Nebraska, Kansas, and Idaho are the remaining states that do not have any type

Volcanoes: Protecting Yourself from Ash, Gases and Other Hazards

While volcanic eruptions are rare, the impact can be severe not just on everything it touches, but on the people living near the volcano. Depending on the type of volcano, and the force of the eruption, a variety of hazards may be present. These hazards can include mudflows and flash floods, landslides and rockfalls, earthquakes, lava flow, falling ash, and

Valley Fever: Taking Precautions if You Work Outdoors

Cases of Valley fever have been increasing, but many are not aware of this fungal agent and that it can be quite dangerous. What is Valley Fever? Valley fever (Coccidioidomycosis) is caused by inhalation of the spores of Coccidioides immitis fungus. The fungus is commonly found in the soil of southwestern states of the United States, and more likely to

Growing Worker Safety Concerns in the Medical Marijuana Industry

ST. PAUL, Minn. –  To date, 36 states and the District of Columbia now allow medical marijuana, and the recreational use of cannabis is legalized in 17 states, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam for those over the age of 21. Another 13 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands have decriminalized its use. Additionally, 17 more states have also legalized the inclusion of cannabidiols (CBDs)

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