AIHA: Healthier Workplaces | A Healthier World
NOVEMBER 2020
CONTENTS
CONTRIBUTORS
IMELDA WONG, FEATURE AUTHOR
Imelda Wong, PhD, is coordinator of the NIOSH Center for Work and Fatigue Research.
MARK TARTAGLIA, FEATURE AUTHOR
Mark Tartaglia, MSPH, CIH, is president and principal consultant, EHS Impact Solutions LLC.  
CHRIS LASZCZ-DAVISFEATURE AUTHOR
Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, COH, FAIHA, AIC Fellow, is co-chair of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association.
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COVID-19 AND WORKER FATIGUE
LESSONS LEARNED AND MITIGATION STRATEGIES New routines and behaviors such as adhering to stay-at-home orders, wearing masks, and social distancing are constant reminders of our “new normal” and have been shown to increase anxiety. Terms such as “caution fatigue” and “quarantine fatigue” have emerged to describe the weariness we feel about our new restrictive circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
BY IMELDA WONG
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DECONTAMINATION AND REUSE OF PPE IN HEALTHCARE
AN OVERVIEW OF PANDEMIC GUIDANCE
Given the current environment, it is important to understand PPE reuse and extended-use guidance that has been shared by OSHA, CDC, and other United States governmental entities. Research, testing, and guidance for the use and reuse options are changing rapidly and will need to be monitored on an ongoing basis. 
BY MARK TARTAGLIA, SCOTT C. SHINN, AND PAUL E. ALLEN
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CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE COURSE AT A TIME
OHTA'S FIGHT AGAINST OCCUPATIONAL ILLNESS AND DISEASE
Underlying the prevalence of occupational disease, injuries, and fatalities is the lack of adequately trained occupational hygienists who can not only anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control occupational hazards, but confirm their controls. Based on this pressing need, OHTA was formed in 2010 by a group of international colleagues. 
  
BY CHRIS LASZCZ-DAVIS AND STEVEN VERPAELE
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COVID-19 and Worker Fatigue
Lessons Learned and Mitigation Strategies