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AGRICULTURE
Kidney Disease Among Agricultural Workers
An unusual form of chronic kidney disease of “unknown” cause has grown in prevalence over the past three decades across agricultural communities in Latin America and South Asia. Growing evidence indicates that a cycle of heat stress and dehydration during intense labor in hot climates is likely a contributor to the epidemic.
IH PROFESSION
Journey to Your Best Self
Industrial hygienist Tim Paz met Amy McCae, a mindfulness training expert and life coach, through LinkedIn. Amy and Tim agreed to recreate their discussions about industrial hygiene and the benefits of mindfulness and emotional intelligence, or EI, for The Synergist.
OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS
Sharks and Swimmers
Occupational toxicologists and industrial hygienists in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries regularly face questions from workers about their exposures. Before we can answer these questions, workers need to understand the interrelated concepts of hazard, exposure, and risk.
ETHICS
Responses to “Ethics of Analysis”
The article “Ethics of Analysis” in the January 2021 Synergist presents a fictional case study about the ethical issues related to use of IH data and other information. A summary of the article appears in the latest issue of the magazine, followed by responses from Synergist readers.
Controls in Non-Industrial Environments
Determining and applying appropriate hazard and exposure controls are among an OEHS professional’s main responsibilities. As the pandemic retreats and everyone returns to work and school, such controls will become even more important.
CONTROLS
VIEWPOINT
Mental Health in Construction
Suicide is a major public health concern in the United States. The situation is even more dire in the construction industry. How can occupational health professionals help prevent deaths from suicide among construction workers?
BY THE NUMBERS
E-Cigarette Use Among Adult U.S. Workers
Electronic cigarette use was highest among workers in the accommodation and food services industry and those in food preparation and serving-related occupations, according to a new assessment published by CDC.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
CHEMICAL AND MATERIAL HAZARDS
Dermal Sensitizers
From the November 2019 issue: Skin sensitization is one of the most frequently encountered hazards in the workplace, yet one of the most perplexing to predict and prevent. Why is it so difficult to predict if an individual will react with a skin sensitization, and how can sensitization be prevented?
CHEMICAL AND MATERIAL HAZARDS
Respiratory Sensitizers
From the June/July 2020 issue: Respiratory sensitization leading to occupational asthma (OA) is growing in prevalence worldwide. This article describes where sensitizers can be found, how respiratory and dermal sensitization differ, the symptoms and characterization of OA, and approaches to assessing and controlling exposures to respiratory sensitizers.
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COMMUNICATION AND TRAINING
Small Decisions
From the March 2020 issue: A working day is a series of small decisions. Our job as industrial hygienists is to recognize situations where workers' hardwired bias is likely to impair decision-making and result in exposure to hazardous conditions.
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