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GOVERNMENT
A New Agenda
Almost one year ago on March 13, 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States was declared a national emergency. But COVID-19 wasn’t the only thing in the spotlight during the past year: the 2020 U.S. elections saw record voter turnout, and the world watched to learn the outcome.
CHEMICAL AND MATERIAL HAZARDS
Spraying Disinfectants
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, some employers and contractors around the world have used sprayers to apply disinfectant to people entering their facilities. But while spraying is a great method for disinfecting surfaces, it was never intended for application to people.
IH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Implementing DEI in the Workplace
Today, diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of the fabric of the work environment. DEI improves productivity, performance, profitability, and morale; and reduces health and safety risks; limits liability; and promotes a greater sense of self-worth and belonging.
VIEWPOINT
COVID-19 and the Art of Anticipation
Evidence-based science takes us many places and should never be abandoned. But its reductionist tendencies and statistical nature often keep us focused on the past, analyzing data instead of building our professional judgment and looking ahead.
Occupation, Race, and COVID-19 Mortality in California
The latest installment of "By the Numbers" focuses on a study of excess mortality due to COVID-19 among working-age Californians. The study also examined differences in mortality based on occupation and race.
BY THE NUMBERS
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
A Primer on Mixing Factors
In this COVID-19 era, effective ventilation is more important than ever. Author D. Jeff Burton, an industrial hygiene engineer, discusses tips for providing desired minimum airflows to all occupied locations in a space.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Demystifying AIHA’s “Content Channels”
Content channels are delivery formats for AIHA members’ work. A new webpage explains which delivery formats are available, how to develop and submit proposals, and how those proposals are reviewed and approved.
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LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Battling the Reptilian Brain
From the November 2019 issue: Distractions are all around us. Between work assignments, meetings, emails, family issues, social media, and the current political climate, it’s a wonder any of us accomplish anything. Fortunately, becoming a top performer in a world of distractions is quite simple. We just need to refine a few basic skills.
LABORATORIES
Fume Hood Performance Tests
From the August 2020 issue: People working in laboratories rely on proper performance of fume hoods as their primary means of protection from overexposure to hazardous airborne chemicals generated during scientific activities. This article describes methods to verify that fume hoods are functioning properly.
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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