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MAY 2018
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CONTENTS
CONTRIBUTORS
KAY BECHTOLD, FEATURE AUTHOR
Kay Bechtold is senior editor of The Synergist.
MONICA NETHERLY, FEATURE AUTHOR
Monica Netherly, MPH, ASP, is an industrial hygienist with the Navy Bureau of Medicine, Directorate of Public Health, in San Diego, Calif.  
LAURALYNN TAYLOR MCKERNAN, FEATURE AUTHOR
Lauralynn Taylor Mckernan, ScD, CIH, is the associate director for science of the Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/NIOSH.
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IN HAMILTON’S FOOTSTEPS
THE EXPERIENCES OF WOMEN IN INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE Since Alice Hamilton’s time, many women have discovered a passion for preventing occupational illnesses. Who are the women working to ensure that today’s workplaces are healthy and safe? The Synergist spoke with several of them to illustrate the range of experiences and perspectives of female industrial hygienists.
BY KAY BECHTOLD
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A POWER MISSION IN PUERTO RICO
BRINGING AID AND ELECTRICITY AFTER HURRICANE MARIA
Last September, Hurricane Maria disabled Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, leaving 95 percent of the 3.4 million inhabitants without power. To this day, Puerto Rico is still reeling from the storm's impact.
BY MONICA NETHERLY
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THE “BANDITS” SPEAK
NIOSH CONSIDERS FEEDBACK FROM USERS OF ITS PROPOSED OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE BANDING PROCESS
NIOSH has proposed a process for occupational exposure banding, which assigns chemicals to specific categories that correspond to a range of exposure concentrations. Feedback from early adopters, also known as “bandits,” has played a significant role in refining the agency’s process.    
BY LAURALYNN TAYLOR MCKERNAN AND T.J. LENTZ
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A DUST-UP IN CONSTRUCTION
AIR MONITORING FOR RESPIRABLE CRYSTALLINE SILICA
Sponsored by Lion Technology Inc.
While the construction industry looks to mitigate exposure by designing-out or controlling dust, there are still a number of tasks where exposure to respirable crystalline silica is likely to exceed permissible exposure limits.

BY STEVE OCHS
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In Hamilton's Footsteps
The Experiences of Women in Industrial Hygiene
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