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Volcanoes: Protecting Yourself from Ash, Gases and Other Hazards

While volcanic eruptions are rare, the impact can be severe not just on everything it touches, but on the people living near the volcano. Depending on the type of volcano, and the force of the eruption, a variety of hazards may be present. These hazards can include mudflows and flash floods, landslides and rockfalls, earthquakes, lava flow, falling ash, and

VLOG: California’s OSHA Emergency Rule - Respiratory Protection Requirements for Wildfires

What is Cal/OSHA Assembly Bill 1124? The California Department of Industrial Relations’ Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) has adopted an emergency rule requiring employers to provide respiratory protection to all employees working outside for longer than one hour when the air quality index (AQI) reaches 151 or greater. The emergency regulation has gone into effect as of the

The Differences Between Disposable Respirators and Surgical Masks

Publisher's Note (January 30, 2020 and January 10, 2022): For quick reference, please see this technical bulletin entitled, "Respirators and Surgical Masks: A Comparison" ST. PAUL, Minn. – While disposable respirators look similar to masks used during surgery and other medical procedures, the two are designed for very different purposes. First off, the two types of protection differ in how they function.

Selecting the Right Personal Protective Equipment for Wildfire Cleanup

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As wildfires continue to spark and rage year after year throughout Canada and the United States, as well as the rest of the world, it is important that workers protect themselves once the fire has been fully extinguished. Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the aftermath of a wildfire is a critical component in the

Protecting Yourself Properly During Hurricane Cleanup

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Harvey – these are just a few of the hurricanes in the last 30 years that have caused widespread damage. The wind, the water, the destruction, the displacement. It is one thing to survive a major weather event, it is quite another to then begin the process of cleaning up the

Protecting Yourself from Mold During Hurricane Cleanup

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Cleaning up from a hurricane is often a long and painful process. The effects can continue long after the storm is gone. One of those hazards that can continue to grow and affect structures as well as your health is mold. Mold can often result from the flooding and standing water that is part of the wretched

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