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Have You Heard of the ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018 Hearing Fit-Test Standard?

Have you heard about the new ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018 standard for hearing protection fit testing systems? Learn more about it here. Hearing protector fit testing has long been recognized as a best practice in hearing conservation by both regulators and professional organizations (OSHA, NIOSH, NHCA, 2008). Since then, more evidence suggests that hearing protection fit testing can change the practice and

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

Reducing the Risks of Hearing Overprotection

People in many different types of industries work in noisy environments where they need to wear hearing protection devices (HPDs). Wearing HPDs is critical for addressing hazardous noise levels and helping to protect an individual’s hearing. However, as part of a risk assessment, it is also important to consider how HPDs may affect workers’ ability to hear the important sounds

Some Helpful Tips to Better Understand the Updates to ANSI/ISEA Z87.1

The Z87.1 American National Standard Practice for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protective Devices is developed by the Z87 Committee on Safety Eye and Face Protection, which is administered by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The most recent changes to this standard were approved in 2015, though the

Cannabis Industry Safety Concerns and PPE Considerations

As of May 2019, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands and 34 states have legalized marijuana under state law, typically for medical reasons and/or recreational use. There are 12 other states that have decriminalized certain levels of possession. South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Idaho are the four remaining states that do not have any type

A Quick Primer on USP 800 and Respiratory PPE

US Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention’s General Chapter Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings is no in effect as of December 1, 2019. It is important to comply with this new revised standard.[i] Most notably, USP describes practice and quality standards for handling hazardous drugs to promote patient safety, healthcare worker safety and environmental protection. This new revision to the USP

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