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OH&S Magazine Spotlight: Reducing Silica Exposure Amongst Stone Countertop Workers

Stone countertops such as marble, granite or engineered stone that includes quartz and other components continue to be a popular choice for home improvement projects as well as by builders of commercial and residential properties. But there is a potential respiratory hazard facing stone countertop production facilities tasked with producing these slabs: silica. When workers cut, grind, mix, demolish, polish

Three Things to Know About the New ANSI Fit Testing Standard

ANSI/ASA has published the first standard-setting the criteria that fit-test systems should meet to improve accuracy and reporting of fit test results. This new standard is titled ANSI/ASA S12.71-2018, American National Standard Performance Criteria for Systems that Estimate the Attenuation of Passive Hearing Protectors for Individual Users. This standard is the first of its kind worldwide. 1. What Does this

OSHA Silica Construction Standard: Violations Since Enforcement Began

Back on March 25, 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the final rule on two new standards to help protect workers and control their exposure to respirable crystalline silica, one for the construction industry and one for general industry/maritime. The 29 CFR 1926.1153 construction standard’s requirements became enforceable on September 23, 2017, except for the requirements

Some Helpful Tips to Better Understand the Updates to ANSI/ISEA Z87.1

The Z87.1 American National Standard Practice for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protective Devices is developed by the Z87 Committee on Safety Eye and Face Protection, which is administered by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The most recent changes to this standard were approved in 2015, though the

An N95 Respirator and a Dust Mask Walk Into a Bar

There is a clear difference between a mask and a respirator. Check out this technical bulletin, "Respirators and Surgical Masks: A Comparison” or hear more about it from the products themselves as an N95 Respirator walks into a bar to meet his old friend, Dust Mask (DM) and they compare and contrast their uses to each other. N95: Dust Mask, so good

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