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SAFETY
Public Event Safety
In October 2022 alone, two separate incidents at public events each led to more than a hundred deaths: a stampede at a soccer match in Indonesia, and a crowd surge during Halloween festivities in Seoul, South Korea. This article summarizes some of the existing industry and consensus standards for event safety.
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INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Decarbonization and Indoor Air Quality Improvements
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, various organizations have recommended upgrading filtration on HVAC systems and increasing the amount of outdoor air brought into buildings. However, the impact of such interventions on energy usage is often a major consideration for companies and institutions looking to reduce their carbon footprint.
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IH PROFESSION
Reflections on Wildland Firefighting
For two summers in the 1960s, John C. Ratliff fought wildland fires in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., and in 1972 he became a smokejumper. Although wildland firefighting today is quite different, his experiences provide insight into the many industrial hygiene concerns associated with this work.
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BY THE NUMBERS
Salton Sea Aerosols and Lung Inflammation
A professor at the University of California, Riverside recently published results of a study in which mice exposed to Salton Sea aerosols developed lung inflammation distinct from the response generated by Alternaria alternata, a household allergen.
ETHICS
Perfection vs. Practicality in Disaster Response
Disasters are unpredictable and require an agile and flexible response to address issues both large and small. This column describes a hypothetical scenario based on observations from community members affected by Hurricane Ian and workers who participated in the response.
VIEWPOINT
The Safety Threshold: Understanding Risk Tolerances
The “safety threshold”—that is, the limit of our tolerance for risk—is an important determinant of human behavior. Experience and science show that there is no universal level of risk tolerance, which varies between individuals, groups, and societies.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Prudent Investments
AIHA President Donna S. Heidel outlines new projects for 2023, including outreach to EHS technicians, rebranding for AIHA’s annual conference, an education needs assessment, and the first of a series of surveys about OEHS practices.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Six Ways To Approximate Airflow
From the June/July 2018 issue: While in-depth testing or measurement of HVAC systems and their airflows requires specialized knowledge, OHS professionals can often gather enough simple information to quickly provide approximate answers to questions about airflow in a space, regardless of the complexity of the system.
AGRICULTURE
Kidney Disease Among Agricultural Workers
From the May 2021 issue: 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.
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COVID-19
Shakespeare in a Time of Plague
From the December 2021 issue: The performing arts is a significant part of the United States economy. Disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts were one of the last industries to begin a recovery. Here's how one theater company in Idaho mounted a safe and healthy comeback in 2021.
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