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, can be extremely serious. Excessive

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

Reusable Respirators and PAPRs in Healthcare Settings

Healthcare workers often use surgical masks and filtering facepiece respirators (FFR), such as N95s, while caring for patients. However, what you may not realize is that there are other forms of respiratory protection that are effective for a variety of applications in healthcare settings. Let’s take a look and find out more about the reusable respirator (RR) and the powered

Selecting N95 Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers are vital to providing patients with the care that they need. One important aspect of a healthcare worker’s job and safety is the personal protective equipment used to help protect doctors, nurses, technicians and others tasked with helping people in clinics, urgent care facilities, hospitals and other places that provide treatment. Surgical Masks vs. Surgical N95 Respirators  Healthcare

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

Flood Protection and Above the Shoulders PPE

Flooding. It seems to be a more regular occurrence. But does the meteorological record back that up? Each of the 1982, 1993, and 2015–16 floods resulted in eight peaks of record among the selected stations included in this study, whereas the 2017 flood resulted in 21 peaks of record. By the numbers, drought ($236.6 billion, CPI-adjusted), severe storms ($206.1 billion,

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 spark and rage year after year throughout Canada and the United States, as well as the rest of the world, 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

Protecting Yourself Properly During Hurricane Cleanup

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Harvey – these are just a few of the hurricanes in the last 30 years that have caused widespread damage. The wind, the water, the destruction, the displacement. It is one thing to survive a major weather event, it is quite another to then begin the process of cleaning up the

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.

OH&S Magazine Spotlight: Reducing Silica Exposure Amongst Stone Countertop Workers

Stone countertops such as marble, granite or engineered stone that includes quartz and other components continue to be a popular choice for home improvement projects as well as by builders of commercial and residential properties. But there is a potential respiratory hazard facing stone countertop production facilities tasked with producing these slabs: silica. When workers cut, grind, mix, demolish, polish

Modern Contractor Magazine Feature: Leading Edge Fall Protection Choices

Working at height can be a risky business. According to U.S. OSHA, “more than 800 construction workers die every year while on the job. Falls are the number one cause of fatalities in construction. Falls cause one of every three construction worker deaths. These falls happen in a split second while workers are on roofs, scaffolds, ladders, bridges, and other

OH&S Magazine Article Spotlight: Understanding Modern Head Protection

A bump cap, a hard hat and a climbing style helmet walk into a bar. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, if you were wearing any one of these three types of head protection products and did walk into a bar, they could all protect your head in some way. But how much? Do you know the differences between these

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