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OH&S Magazine Spotlight: Selecting Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for Industrial Plants

When you think of major industrial fires, you think high-intensity chemical explosions, machinery blasts and other large-scale flammable events. However, most fire responses to industrial facilities are not on this scale. Although these types of situations do happen and may create spectacular visuals, it is preferable to extinguish these blazes over time and from a distance using the appropriate equipment,

Helpful Information for Assistance to Firefighters Grant Applications for COVID-19 PPE

The purpose of Assistance to Firefighters Grant-Supplemental (AFG-S) is to award grants directly to fire departments, non-affiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies. This grant program is to be used to enhance your ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel, through the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and

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

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