AIHA | Protecting Worker Health www.aiha.org
FEBRUARY 2018
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CONTRIBUTORS
ALBERT W. MOORE II, FEATURE AUTHOR
Albert W. Moore II, MS, CIH, CPE, CLSO, is writing as a PhD student in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
VERONICA STANLEY, FEATURE AUTHOR
Veronica Stanley, MSPH, CIH, CESCP, is an industrial hygienist for U.S. Army Medical Command, Atlantic.  
MATT ADAMS, FEATURE AUTHOR
Matt Adams is a senior solution engineer at SiteHawk LLC.
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THE SYMBIOTIC WORKPLACE
A STRATEGY TO ACHIEVE THE PROMISE OF EXOSKELETONS  The potential for exoskeletons to lower risks of musculoskeletal disorders makes them attractive from a health and safety perspective. An emerging concern for worker safety and health is how to integrate this new symbiotic worker with wearable technology into the modern workplace.
BY ALBERT W. MOORE II AND DIVYA SRINIVASAN
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A CLOSE LOOK AT PORTLAND CEMENT
RESPIRABLE CRYSTALLINE SILICA AND OTHER HAZARDS OF A FAMILIAR SUBSTANCE
The pervasiveness of portland cement in both industry and home applications means that users tend to approach PC with reduced vigilance in terms of hazard controls and prevention.
BY VERONICA STANLEY
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SOLVING THE RIGHT PROBLEMS
A SIMPLE MODEL TO TAKE YOUR ORGANIZATION BEYOND COMPLIANCE
Identifying EHSQ problems or opportunities for improvement is easy; the hard part is prioritizing them. How do we determine which problems to solve right now and which to tackle later? 
BY MATT ADAMS
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BAD VIBRATIONS
HOW TO REDUCE THE RISK OF HAND-ARM VIBRATION SYNDROME
Sponsored by Casella
Two million workers in the United States are affected by hand-arm vibration syndrome caused by regular use of powered-hand tools at work. Though one of the less obvious occupational hazards, continued vibration exposure can potentially lead to irreversible nerve, blood vessel, and muscle damage, and the possible risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

BY TIM TURNEY
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The Symbiotic Workplace
A Strategy to Achieve the Promise of Exoskeletons
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