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OH&S Magazine Confined Space Feature: Addressing Heat Stress Concerns

This article originally appeared in the August 2020 edition of OH&S Magazine. Working in confined spaces can be extremely dangerous. Workers may be exposed to mechanical and atmospheric hazards. In certain situations, the temperature cannot be controlled and workers are exposed to heat stress. The good thing is, many accidents and injuries can be avoided through the correct application of

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 and exertional heat stress, can

Ten Considerations when Selecting Respiratory Protection

When choosing respiratory protection in the United States, there is a lot to consider. Are respirators required by your employer and/or the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)? Has the respirator been certified by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH)? But even once you select the appropriate respiratory protection given your job and application, another important

Comfort Considerations When Picking Respiratory Protection

Respiratory protection may be necessary at your job, but there are many options out there designed to help comfortably protect you from the hazards you face. It’s important to keep in mind that when making the choice of what type of respiratory protection to use that you also select products from a reputable manufacturer that offers science-based, innovative solutions, which

Beryllium Hazard: An Overview on Regulation Requirements Changes

UPDATE: A new final rule for the Beryllium standard has been published by U.S. OSHA. The final rule amends the following paragraphs of the standard for general industry: 'Definitions,' 'Methods of Compliance,' 'Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment,' 'Hygiene Areas and Practices,' 'Housekeeping,' 'Medical Surveillance,' 'Hazard Communication' and 'Recordkeeping.' There is also a new Appendix A: 'Operations for Establishing Beryllium Work Areas.' The

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