OSHA Silica Construction Standard: Violations Since Enforcement Began

Back on March 25, 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the final rule on two new standards to help protect workers and control their exposure to respirable crystalline silica, one for the construction industry and one for general industry/maritime. The 29 CFR 1926.1153 construction standard’s requirements became enforceable on September 23, 2017, except for the requirements

The Challenges of Construction Noise Exposure

Construction sites are loud. And yet often, they can be relatively quiet. Sounds and situations can change very quickly, and rarely are construction workers exposed to the same noise levels for the same amount of time from one day to the next. Furthermore, construction sites tend to be very busy places with large vehicles moving back and forth and equipment

Using PAPRs in Clinical and Healthcare Settings

Are you a professional looking to help improve personnel safety in the healthcare environment through the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE)? As you probably know, federal and state occupational safety and health administrations (OSHAs) issue workplace health and safety regulations that must be adhered to, including under what circumstances PPE is used. Respirators can be a key type

Selecting the Right Personal Protective Equipment for Wildfire Cleanup

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As wildfires continue to rage throughout Canada and the United States, it is important that workers protect themselves once the fire has been fully extinguished. Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the aftermath of a wildfire is a critical component in the safe cleanup of fire debris. Selecting the correct items of PPE depends on

The Differences Between Disposable Respirators and Surgical Masks

Publisher's Note (January 30, 2020): For quick reference, please see this technical bulletin entitled, "Respirators and Surgical Masks: A Comparison" ST. PAUL, Minn. – While disposable respirators look similar to masks used during surgery and other medical procedures, the two are designed for very different purposes. First off, the two types of protection differ in how they function. Surgical masks are primarily

3M and the Science of Fit Testing

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Did you know that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) has an “N95” Day? One of the past themes has included “The Science behind Respirator Fit Testing in the Workplace: Past, Present, and Future.” You may not also know that is that 3M has been applying fit test science to respirator wearers’ life for years.

Three Things to Know About the New ANSI Fit Testing Standard

ANSI/ASA has published the first standard-setting the criteria that fit-test systems should meet to improve accuracy and reporting of fit test results. This new standard is titled ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018, American National Standard Performance Criteria for Systems that Estimate the Attenuation of Passive Hearing Protectors for Individual Users. This standard is the first of its kind worldwide. 1. What Does this

Have You Heard of the ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018 Hearing Fit-Test Standard?

Have you heard about the new ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018 standard for hearing protection fit testing systems? Learn more about it here. Hearing protector fit testing has long been recognized as a best practice in hearing conservation by both regulators and professional organizations (OSHA, NIOSH, NHCA, 2008). Since then, more evidence suggests that hearing protection fit testing can change the practice and

Still Have Questions About the Silica Construction Rule? OSHA Has Answers.

The updated U.S. OSHA silica construction standard has been in enforcement for over two years. Do you need to learn more in order to help achieve compliance with this silica standard? Here are some selected, informative answers excerpted directly from a large list of Frequently Asked Questions provided by OSHA to help you figure out what changes you may need

VLOG: California’s OSHA Emergency Rule - Respiratory Protection Requirements for Wildfires

What is Cal/OSHA Assembly Bill 1124? The California Department of Industrial Relations’ Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) has adopted an emergency rule requiring employers to provide respiratory protection to all employees working outside for longer than one hour when the air quality index (AQI) reaches 151 or greater. The emergency regulation has gone into effect as of the

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