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NOISE
How to Mitigate Conveyor Noise
Conveyor systems are used to move bulk products, raw materials, finished products, packages, and other objects from point A to point B. High noise levels in conveyors are typically due to their design, build, and need for maintenance. This article describes each potential cause of excessive noise and steps to mitigate it.
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MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Deciphering Fatigue Risk Management Systems
To effectively manage work-related fatigue, we need to recognize not only the likelihood of fatigue, but also its related consequences. Fatigue risk management systems recognize that fatigue should be considered on a continuum and that the risk for a safety-critical event relates the level of fatigue with the level of effort needed for the occupational task.
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COVID-19
A Dashboard for COVID-19 Risk
Users of the COVID-19 Exposure Assessment Tool enter the community’s transmission rate, the event’s duration, the room’s dimensions, the ventilation rate, and other variables. The tool uses these inputs to calculate a single value that represents the risk of transmission relative to a documented high-risk exposure scenario.
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TECHNOLOGY
New Virtual and Augmented Realities for OEHS Professionals
Emerging technologies are becoming more readily available for use by occupational and environmental health and safety professionals as tools to ensure safe and healthy work environments. These technologies include virtual reality and augmented reality.
Risk of Asthma for Deepwater Horizon Cleanup Workers
A study published in the September issue of the journal Environment International characterizes the relative risks of developing asthma for workers who participated in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill response and cleanup.
BY THE NUMBERS
VIEWPOINT
Improving Post-COVID Working Conditions in Global Garment Factories
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated and accelerated the unsafe, illegal, and hazardous working conditions faced by more than 60 million garment workers toiling in supply chain factories around the world.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
An Update on Standards of Care
AIHA seeks to elevate the performance of its risk management programs—in particular, those that are under-performing—by documenting a concise summary of minimum expected standards of care for critical aspects of OEHS practice.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
NOISE
Advances in Understanding Noise Exposures
From the January 2020 issue: The new NIOSH agenda for hearing loss prevention research contains significant new insights from the latest science concerning hearing loss, which impacts communication in the workplace. The document also presents critical new information regarding age correction and vulnerable populations.
FATIGUE
Wake-Up Call: Toward an Industrial Hygiene Approach to Work-Related Fatigue
From the December 2021 issue: Fatigue is pervasive and nondiscriminating, potentially affecting any worker at any job in any organization. While fatigue may be a complex construct, there are many tools available to tailor the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of this hazard among different organizations.
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INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Preparing for the Next Pandemic
From the June/July 2022 issue: With our world getting smaller each day given the ease of transporting goods and people, and the impacts of climate change blurring the lines between animal ecosystems and pathogen reservoirs, another pandemic in our lifetime is a real possibility. How do we prepare for the next pandemic when we have not yet recovered from COVID-19?
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