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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

After the Earthquake: Personal Protective Equipment for Cleanup

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The shaking, the swaying, things falling and there is nowhere to go. It happens without warning and it often affects large areas. There are few natural disasters more devastating in terms of potential loss of human life and property damage than earthquakes. Moreover, after the shock wears off, an earthquake’s aftermath presents serious hazardous conditions to both

ANSI Approves New ISEA 121 Standard for Fall Protection for Tools

In the United States, the new ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 standard for Dropped Objects Protection was approved on July 02, 2018, by the American National Standards Association. This standard was initially prepared by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), and passed earlier this year, in an effort to provide manufacturers of dropped objects equipment with guidance on testing and performance criteria. This

Are You Ready for Work Inside a Confined Space?

Before any worker attempts to work inside a confined space, there needs to be a plan for these tasks. Planning is the most vital component when it comes to every part of confined space work. You need to make sure everyone involved has the right training, the proper personal protective equipment and a plan for how to enter, work inside

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 and exertional heat stress, can

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

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