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CHEMICAL AND MATERIAL HAZARDS
Hazard or Artifact?
Since Sept. 11, 2001, it has become increasingly common for museums to collect material evidence of a culturally significant event in real time to ensure its story can be meaningfully and accurately conveyed. But when artifacts are collected amid emergency scenarios, they may harbor hazardous materials. How can OEHS professionals protect museum staff from potential hazards?
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Introducing the FR Assessment Tool
Understanding, evaluating, and selecting flame-resistant clothing can be a challenge for many OEHS professionals. The new FR Assessment Tool provides step-by-step guidance for performing a flash fire risk assessment and helps users decide whether FR clothing is needed for a given work task.
STANDARDS
A Standard to Help Protect Miners
In 2020, the AIHA Mining Working Group provided technical input on the development of ISO 23875, a standard for mining that specifies performance and design requirements for air quality control systems for operator enclosures and their monitoring devices.
CONTROLS
A New Standard for Respirator Fit
ASTM F3407-20, Standard Test Method for Respirator Fit Capability for Negative-Pressure Half-Facepiece Particulate Respirators, will enable respirator manufacturers to develop models that fit a greater portion of the worker population.
OHS Is Moving Up on Wall Street
Worker health and safety continues to gain visibility and significance in organizational governance norms and practices. We have entered an era where the investment community is flexing its muscles and demanding attention be brought to the issue of human capital.
VIEWPOINT
VIEWPOINT
Infrastructure, Sustainability, and OEHS
AIHA's director of Government Relations writes that President Joe Biden’s plan to revitalize the United States' infrastructure, released in March, represents an opportunity for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals to make significant progress.
BY THE NUMBERS
Methylene Chloride-Related Fatalities
An assessment published on April 19 in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that methylene chloride-related fatalities continue to occur in the United States even with regulations and policies in place to address product labeling and worker protections.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Dual Hazard Protection
From the June/July 2018 issue: Dual chemical and fire hazards are common to refineries, petrochemical and other chemical plants, and even certain laboratory settings. The key issue is that each hazard often requires different types of protection, and the protections may not always be compatible.
CONTROLS
Progress in Mining
From the November 2016 issue: Other industries may have moved past the dynamics of traditional hazards, but the mining industry continues to deal with these issues while simultaneously addressing novel emerging hazards.
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PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
The Respirator Fit Capability Test
From the September 2019 digital issue: In 1919, the United States Department of Mines initiated the nation’s first respirator certification program. In observance of this anniversary, The Synergist and NIOSH present this digital supplement, which discusses the development of a new voluntary standard for ensuring the proper fitting of respirators.
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