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The New Fall Protection Code, ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 Overhaul

ST. PAUL, Minn. - ANSI, an acronym for the American National Standards Institute, is a voluntary consensus standard and is different than OSHA standards. OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is a federal agency that establishes and enforces workplace health and safety standards that are required, by law, to be followed by employers. ANSI voluntary consensus standards are intended to complement

The Four Elements to Successfully Manage Your Confined Spaces

Confined spaces can be complicated and anyone, in any industry, can be exposed to working in and around them. Confined spaces come in different sizes, in different locations of a facility or job site, and there may be different hazards in each one. There are also many different standards, regulations and company policies that may apply. While complicated, there are

The Evolution of Fall Protection and the Rescue Breakthrough You Should Know About

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In 1970, there were 38 worker deaths per day in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. And, in 1970, just days before the New Year, President Richard Nixon signed into law the OSH Act. It became effective the following year, on April 28, and since then it has helped play a large role

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.

The Difference Between Medical Evaluation and Fit Testing

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Imagine what it would feel like to wear work gloves a size too big or too small. They could slow you down or make it harder to grip tools or things could get caught inside. You may just take them off. While poor fitting gloves are an inconvenience, a poor fitting respirator is much more. If a tight-fitting

The Challenges of Construction Noise Exposure

Construction sites are loud. And yet often, they can be relatively quiet. Sounds and situations can change very quickly, and rarely are construction workers exposed to the same noise levels for the same amount of time from one day to the next. Furthermore, construction sites tend to be very busy places with large vehicles moving back and forth and equipment

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