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,

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

Listen to What You Can Learn at 3M Hearing Loss Prevention Seminars

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hearing loss resulting from loud noise created by machinery and tools may go undetected until it’s too late. On top of that, it's not always easy to find clear information about how to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace. How do you currently find out about detection, what changes to make and what personal protective

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