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Changes to Certain Intrinsically Safe Standards and How Harmonization Works

Over time there have been a number of revisions to Underwriters Laboratory (UL) standards for Intrinsically Safe (IS) equipment. Here are some insights into how the latest standard impacts new intrinsically safe products. This article also addresses how the process of harmonization can affect product development efforts for manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE). Recent Changes to Intrinsically Safe Standards

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

Do You Know How to Comply with the OSHA Silica Regulation?

Have you taken the necessary steps to comply with the new OSHA silica standard? ST. PAUL, Minn.—  3M has resources developed by safety professionals and certified industrial hygienists to help you on the journey to comply with new US OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1153 regulation. You should be well on your way to doing a variety of actions to help you

Walking the Walk…Tips for Complying With the Final OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Rules

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Are falls a concern to you or your workers? Do you regularly inspect walking-working surfaces, correct and guard against hazardous conditions? Are you committed to a safe working environment at your company? Keeping current with legal changes is a necessary first step. In November of 2016, OSHA published its final rule on Walking and Working Surfaces,

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 extreme cases, heat stress, in the form of heat stroke, can be extremely serious. Excessive exposure

Earmuffs: A Key Component of a Hearing Conservation Program

ST. PAUL, Minn. — When you’re managing a hearing conservation program, choosing the right type of protection can help ensure your workers stay safe, comfortable and compliant. This means you have to consider a number of factors, including comfort, the level of noise workers are exposed to, equipment costs and even the level of training you’ll be able to offer. Regardless

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