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PSYCHOSOCIAL HAZARDS
Mental Health in the Workplace
As occupational and environmental health and safety professionals have grappled with COVID-19, another crisis is affecting workers around the world. Increased stress and isolation related to the pandemic have highlighted mental health as an important workplace safety and health concern, and many people have made public the struggles they previously managed in private.
SAFETY
Process Safety Management and the IH
Process Safety Management is an OSHA standard focused on preventing the unexpected release of toxic, reactive, or flammable liquids and gases. The standard is very prescriptive and establishes a roadmap for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals to ensure the safety of workers and communities.
CHEMICAL AND MATERIAL HAZARDS
The Riddles of Beryllium
Chronic Beryllium Disease is a lung disease that can be disabling or fatal and is caused by inhaling dust or fumes containing beryllium, often produced in industrial settings. This article recounts beryllium’s complex history as a workplace hazard.
DIGITAL EXTRA
Back to School
A recent Synergist Webinar brought together a panel of experts from diverse professional backgrounds to discuss practical measures schools can take to maintain a safe environment for students, teachers, and staff during the pandemic and beyond.
Diabetes and Depression
Workers with diabetes, especially young adults and women, may be at increased risk for depression, according to a NIOSH study published in the August 2021 issue of Diabetes Spectrum.
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PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
Investing in OEHS: AIHA's New Mentoring Program
The evolution from student to OEHS professional is a dramatic transformation, comparable to the traditional path of apprentice to journeyman. Mentorship can assist this evolution.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Our New Strategic Plan
The Board of Directors has approved AIHA's strategic plan for the years 2022–2024. While similar to the current plan for 2019–2021, the new plan also has some key differences.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
TOTAL WORKER HEALTH
The Journey to "Be Well"
From the October 2019 issue: In the last few years, Eugene, Oregon, has proven to be an ideal environment for implementing the NIOSH Total Worker Health (TWH) initiative. The city serves as an excellent example of how medium-sized or small organizations can engage with TWH.
SAFETY
Modernizing Process Safety
From the June/July 2016 issue: New Process Safety Management and Risk Management Program regulations from OSHA and EPA will provide ample opportunity for industrial hygienists to participate in process safety.
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SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS
Beryllium Laboratory Analysis
From the August 2017 issue: Laboratory analysis for beryllium samples has always presented a challenge to the analytical community. Some regulatory agencies have recently published beryllium OELs so low that in some cases a laboratory limit of detection in nanograms is required.
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