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General Guidelines for Working Safely in Construction During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As many countries are opening economies to resume work, construction companies may be considering additional requirements and steps to help protect workers from SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus is currently believed to spread from person to person when an infected person’s respiratory droplets, perhaps from coughing, sneezing or talking, land in others’ eyes, nose or mouth.

Go Ahead, Welders: Embrace Movember

Sick of shaving? The right respirator means you don't have to give up the scruff. ST. PAUL, Minn. - Leaves aren't the only thing changing as temperatures drop across the country. As the landscape is draped in hues of red and gold, men are pulling out their favorite flannels and growing facial hair in full force for fall, winter, Movember and other

Growing Worker Safety Concerns in the Medical Marijuana Industry

ST. PAUL, Minn. –  To date, 36 states and the District of Columbia now allow medical marijuana, and the recreational use of cannabis is legalized in 17 states, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam for those over the age of 21. Another 13 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands have decriminalized its use. Additionally, 17 more states have also legalized the inclusion of cannabidiols (CBDs)

Have You Considered the Possible Benefits of PPE Standardization?

Selecting personal protective equipment (PPE) can be a daunting experience to some. Does the PPE meet regulatory requirements? How much does it cost? What are the overall benefits? Will it help protect workers from short and long-term hazards? But there are other considerations that health and safety managers, leadership and end-users should take into account when deciding what PPE is

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

Have You Heard: What's your favorite sound and why?

3M “Have You Heard?” aims to ask people from around the world why their hearing matters to them. ST. PAUL, Minn. - To help people avoid noise-induced hearing loss, 3M has launched a social campaign called “Have You Heard?", which aims to get people thinking about the sounds around them that matter the most. “Have You Heard?"was designed as a

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