Summertime and the Living is Noisy

ST. PAUL, Minn. — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 20 percent of teens have reported hearing loss possibly caused by loud noise— but you can reduce the risk for the kids you care about. The Problem with Hearing in Hot Conditions Many young people get summer or afterschool jobs that involve farm work, construction,

Why Pick a PAPR?

Respiratory protection is a necessary part of many jobs throughout many different types of industries—disposable respirators, reusable respirators, powered air purifying respirators (PAPR), self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Protecting workers from certain hazardous particulates, gases, vapors, fumes and other contaminants is an important concern that should be top of mind. People may be familiar with disposable respirators, which are commonly confused

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

Scott Safety Nation Feature: Cancer Risks Volunteer Firefighters Face

After a growing number of reports of firefighters being diagnosed with cancer, a variety of organizations collaborated to study this newly recognized risk. Recently, one of the largest studies of firefighter cancer risks among United States firefighters, conducted by NIOSH with funding by the U.S. Fire Administration and led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showed that firefighters

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, 30 states and the District of Columbia now allow marijuana use for medical and/or recreational use. Additionally, 16 more states have also legalized the inclusion of cannabidiols (CBDs) to be used in various forms. However, each state handles the relevant cannabis industry production safety and health issues for workers in this emerging agricultural and

Facing the Fears of Fentanyl Exposure: Protecting Law Enforcement

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Fentanyl. It is a major factor in the opioid epidemic and considered to be one of the deadliest illicit drugs on the market. From the singer Prince to teens in small towns, fentanyl has been linked to many drug overdoses and deaths. For first responders like police officers and paramedics, accidental fentanyl exposure can prove to be

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