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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

Benefits and Advancements of Snap-Change Cylinders for Fireground Readiness

3M Scott's Snap-Change cylinder connection was yet another industry first when it was introduced in 2004 as part of the 3M™ Scott™ Air-Pak™ NxG2 SCBA. Utilizing a patented quick release design to support rapid cylinder replacement on the fireground, the proven design of the Snap-Change cylinder connection has continued to evolve over the years with the 3M™ Scott™ Air-Pak™ NxG7

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

Biomotion + Retroreflectivity = Being Seen Better in Low Light

Previously appeared in the 3M Particles blog on May 2, 2017. Authored by Sue Casement, 3M Storyteller. Wrists, ankles, knees and torso. Those are the key locations where runners, bikers and construction workers should wear reflective material to help be the most visible. ST. PAUL, Minn. –  Shari Franklin Smith, 3M senior technical service specialist, says that anyone who wants

Building a Culture of Safety and Health at Your Worksite

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The goal of every occupational safety and health (OSH) professional is to maintain a safe and productive work site and avoid accidents, injury and illness. To ensure worker safety, professionals must be responsible to assess all on-site safety hazards, follow current regulations and safety standards, implement engineering and administrative controls and provide training, to name a

Call for Submissions: 2021 3M PSD Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship Program

*** This year’s submission period has closed and the winners have been announced. *** Are you a student pursuing graduate-level education in Occupational Health or Safety/Industrial Hygiene in the United States? Are you someone who wants to become a leader regarding worker health and safety? Do you have a solid track record of service and achievement as a student in

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