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PLACEMENT MAKES THE POISON INFECTION CONTROL LESSONS FROM THE 2014 EBOLA OUTBREAK The effectiveness of standard infection control programs came into question during the 2014 Ebola outbreak when professional caregivers themselves became infected with the virus.
 
BY VAL GARNER, ROXY GROSSNICKLE, DEREK NEWCOMER, AND FRED BOLTON
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ABOVE AND BEYOND THE MINIMUMS AN OVERVIEW OF NFPA’S NEW GUIDE FOR SAFE CONFINED SPACE ENTRY AND WORK
 
NFPA 350 will address gaps in existing standards, minimize confusion about what is required for confined space entry, and provide practical guidance on how to apply requirements in existing standards to improve confined space safety.
BY NANCY PEARCE
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STRATEGIC SAFETY COMMUNICATION: THE GAAMM MODEL HOW TO INFORM PEOPLE ABOUT SERIOUS RISKS Safety professionals spend much of their time urging employees to work safely—with no safety communication strategy to steer their efforts. Here’s one model for informing people about serious risks.
BY PETER M. SANDMAN
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VAL GARNER, FEATURE AUTHOR
Val Garner, CHMM, CIH, is the vice president of HSE/Risk Management for SWS Environmental Services.
NANCY PEARCE, FEATURE AUTHOR
Nancy Pearce, CIH, is senior fire protection engineer at NFPA and vice chair of AIHA’s Confined Spaces Committee.
FRANK MIRER, INSIGHT AUTHOR
Frank Mirer, PhD, CIH, is a professor in the CUNY School of Public Health in New York.
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