AIHA | Protecting Worker Health www.aiha.org
NOVEMBER 2019
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CONTENTS
CONTRIBUTORS
SAMANTHA CONNELL, FEATURE AUTHOR
Samantha Connell, MSPH, CIH, is an industrial hygienist at Lonza in Visp, Switzerland.
CARL O. SALL, FEATURE AUTHOR
Carl O. Sall, CIH, CSP, is associate vice president for health and safety at WSP in Exton, Pa., and a past chair of AIHA’s Leadership and Management Committee.  
D. JEFF BURTON,  FEATURE AUTHOR
D. Jeff Burton, MS, PE, CIH (VS 2012), CSP (VS 2002), is an industrial hygiene engineer with broad experience in ventilation used for emission and exposure control.
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DERMAL SENSITIZERS
WHAT DOES OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM ALREADY KNOW? Skin sensitization is one of the most frequently encountered hazards in the workplace, yet one of the most perplexing to predict and prevent. Why is it so difficult to predict if an individual will react with a skin sensitization, and how can sensitization be prevented?

BY SAMANTHA CONNELL AND SELENE ARAYA
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BATTLING THE REPTILIAN BRAIN
WORK-MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR OVERCOMING DISTRACTIONS
Distractions are all around us. Between work assignments, meetings, emails, family issues, social media, and the current political climate, it’s a wonder any of us accomplish anything. Fortunately, becoming a top performer in a world of distractions is quite simple. We just need to refine a few basic skills.

BY CARL O. SALL
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COST ESTIMATES FOR OEHS RECOMMENDATIONS
TECHNIQUES FOR PRICING OUT HEALTH AND SAFETY MATTERS
To provide or ensure a safe and healthy environment, every OEHS professional makes recommendations to management. There is always a cost associated with any such recommendation. Sometimes determining the cost is simple, like finding the price of a respirator in a catalog. Often, however, estimates are more complex than that.   
  
BY D. JEFF BURTON
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Dermal Sensitizers
What Does Our Immune System Already Know?
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