Understanding the Difference Between a Competent and Qualified Person

The phrases “competent person” and “qualified person” are often used in the safety industry, but confusion persists as to how the two relate to, and differ from, one another. Compliance with OSHA standards is essential to keeping employees safe in the workplace. While most businesses strive to be OSHA compliant, some run into difficulties in doing so due to their

Beryllium Hazard: An Overview on Regulation Requirements Changes

On January 9, 2017, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule concerning beryllium and beryllium compounds. Beryllium is a metal used in a variety of applications, such as welding, which commonly occurs in industries such as aerospace, aviation, shipbuilding, construction and other types of heavy manufacturing. OSHA estimates that roughly 62,000 workers in 7,300 workplaces

Setting Up a Successful Hearing Conservation Program: Christine Diestler’s Experience

Meet Christine Diestler. Chris is a certified occupational nurse specialist employed by ThedaCare at Work. She helps employees onsite at a large manufacturer which is headquartered in Wisconsin. The manufacturer produces tools and solutions for manufacturing, fabrication, construction, aviation, motorsports, education, agriculture and marine applications. Chris is passionate about trying to help protect every employee’s hearing not just from the

Welding Fume: A Few Important Things to Consider

Coughing, hacking, phlegm, even things like ‘black snot’. These are real things that you are likely all-too-familiar with if you work in or around welding. If you’ve been welding a long time, or spend much time around welders, you may think these are normal effects from welding. That it’s your body’s way of keeping impurities out. However, this is not

Hearing What He Has to Say: Elliott Berger Retirement Interview

This month we say goodbye to one of our esteemed Division Scientists, Elliott Berger, as he retires from 3M. Elliott has been involved in hearing protection for over 40 years. We recently caught up with Elliott at his St. Paul retirement party to learn a little about his background, his work and what he is planning to do next. Tell

Welcome to the World of Virtual Reality Safety Training

Training. In so many industries it is an essential part of health and safety programs necessary to be compliant with applicable regulations. But, training can be expensive and time-consuming. Enter the world of virtual reality training. This new option is not meant to replace conventional hands-on training or instruction by in-person trainers, but it can be a beneficial tool used

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