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What is Diacetyl? The PPE You Should Consider for Coffee Processing

What is diacetyl? Diacetyl is also known as an alpha-diketone, 2,3-butanedione, or by its Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number, 431-03-08. That's the science. Diacetyl is a volatile organic compound most known as a flavoring agent in microwavable buttered popcorn. What you may not realize, is that diacetyl is also produced naturally during coffee processing and in other food processing with

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,

OSHA Top Ten Violations: Are You on the List?

Every year OSHA puts out their top ten list of violations that they have issued. For 2018, the list includes: Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 7,270 violations Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,552 Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,336 Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,118 Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,944 Ladders (1926.1053): 2,812 Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,294 Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,982 Machine Guarding (1910.212):

Keeping the Chill Out: Advice for Preventing Cold Stress

Baby, it’s cold outside. But for anyone who works outside or in a cold environment, this is no joke. You may be at risk for cold stress. This includes outdoor jobs involving construction or agriculture as well as indoor jobs that involve things like cold storage. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have a specific standard that covers

Connect with 3M at the 2019 World of Concrete

The OSHA Silica standard has been in effect since September of 2017—learn more about it at 3M's booth at World of Concrete. The standard is detailed, and you may still need to make adjustments to your company’s safety plan as well as update your personal protective equipment inventory. Do you still need help accomplishing these tasks? Since 1975 World of

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