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

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

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

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

OH&S Magazine 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

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

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