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CONTRIBUTORS
ED RUTKOWSKI, FEATURE AUTHOR
Ed Rutkowski is editor in chief of The Synergist.
DYRON HAMLIN, FEATURE AUTHOR
Dyron Hamlin, CIH, is a professional chemical engineer with GHD in Little Rock, Ark.  
SAMANTHA CONNELL, FEATURE AUTHOR
Samantha Connell, MSPH, is an industrial hygienist in Valais, Switzerland.
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PREDICTIVE PURPOSES
WILL BIG DATA CHANGE INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE?   As the connected world grows ever larger, companies will attempt to harness Big Data for industrial hygiene purposes. IHs stand to benefit from the predictive powers of Big Data, but face questions and challenges related to data privacy and security.
BY ED RUTKOWSKI
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DECISION TIME
EXPOSURE MODELS FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE 
During an emergency, critical decisions can hinge on the quickness and accuracy of mathematical modeling: how quickly can site-specific information be distilled into a sound scientific analysis that helps decision makers recommend a protective action?
BY DYRON HAMLIN
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POWDER HANDLING IN PRODUCTION
REDUCING THE HAZARDS OF BULK POWDERS IN THE AGROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY
Powder handling in the agrochemical industry presents complex exposure scenarios. The inherent toxicity of powders, their bulk quantities, particle sizes, and packaging constraints combine to test both the technical know-how and the creativity of the industrial hygienist.   
BY SAMANTHA CONNELL AND BRIAN SCHMIDT
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PRECISION IN AIR SAMPLING CALIBRATION
PULSATION, ACCURACY, AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Sponsored by Casella
Personal sampling pumps must adhere to ISO 13137:2013, which sets limits for required flow stability, as well as maximum pulsation levels. The international standard is intended to enable users of personal air sampling pumps to adopt a consistent approach for flow rate assessment.

BY TIM TURNEY
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PREDICTIVE PURPOSES
Will Big Data Change Industrial Hygiene?
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