Hurricanes: Be Prepared with Your Respiratory Protection Ahead of Time

How active a hurricane season is fluctuates based on weather patterns and other factors, but 2017 was one for the record books. “Seventeen named storms swirled to life, including 10 hurricanes in a row…There were three Category 4 US landfalls in a period of 26 days: Harvey, Irma and Maria. For context, [prior to those three] the previous three occurred

Using PAPRs in Clinical and Healthcare Settings

Are you a professional looking to 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 of

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

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