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BACTERIA AND VIRUSES
Confronting Two Crises
Opioid overdoses in the United States have risen sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program indicates a 17 percent increase in overdoses in April-June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, and 70 percent of those overdoses are associated with opioids.
CHEMICAL AND MATERIAL HAZARDS
Practical, Perplexing, and Unpredictable
A disinfectant and sanitizer used in various industries, peracetic acid (PAA) use ensures that many products are safe for consumers. But concerns remain about the health and safety of those exposed to PAA while working with the chemical.
ERGONOMICS
Evaluating Exoskeletons
Much is unknown about the emerging technology of wearable exoskeletons and its ability to improve worker performance and workplace safety. How can you determine whether exoskeletons are a viable ergonomic solution in your organization’s workplaces?
ETHICS
Ethics of Analysis
Modern industrial hygienists and other occupational and environmental health and safety professionals have access to an unprecedented amount of data to inform their everyday decisions. Much of that data comes from sources that OEHS professionals could only have dreamt of decades ago.
COVID-19 Enforcement by Industry
The OSHA website regularly posts data about federal and state OSHA enforcement actions during the pandemic as well as safety and health complaints. The Synergist examines COVID-related inspections and complaints by industry.
BY THE NUMBERS
COMMUNITY
SynergistNOW Series Explores Total Worker Health Topics
An ongoing series of blog posts focuses on Total Worker Health, a NIOSH initiative that involves policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Our Global Reach
AIHA President Lindsay Cook writes: "Given the importance of international collaboration during the pandemic and to our profession in general, this month’s column shares some recent news related to AIHA’s outreach to other countries."
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FROM THE ARCHIVES
BIG DATA
Predictive Purposes
From the March 2018 issue: As the connected world grows ever larger, companies will attempt to harness Big Data for industrial hygiene purposes. IHs stand to benefit from the predictive powers of Big Data, but face questions and challenges related to data privacy and security.
BACTERIA AND VIRUSES
No Boundaries
From the April 2018 issue: As the incidence of highly hazardous communicable diseases continues to rise, all relevant professionals, including industrial hygienists, should be involved in prevention efforts, training and education for occupations with potential exposure, and advocacy for increased federal support.
HEALTHCARE
Protecting Home Healthcare Aides
From the April 2019 issue: Providing care in the home is one of the most cost-effective and efficient mechanisms for maintaining patient health, but home healthcare workers are among the most vulnerable workers in the United States.
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