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October 18, 2023
OSHA and heat illness prevention rules

This is our last blog of 2023. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season and we will see you again in 2024! In September, when temperatures were still high, we looked at how to prevent heat illness. Since then, there has been some news on the regulatory side of this topic. While […]

August 26, 2023
Heat Illness Prevention

Fall and cooler temperatures seem like they should be around the corner, but much of the U.S. is hot right now, and heat illness prevention remains important. High temperatures and high humidity, hard physical activity, and non-breathable clothing are some of the factors that lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, the two main heat […]

July 19, 2023
OSHA's Engineering Controls for Silica Dust

A recent study in the Annals of Work Exposures and Health examined the effectiveness of OSHA’s engineering controls for silica dust. What is Silica? Silica is a common mineral found in concrete, glass, mortar, brick, stone, and sand. Manufacturing, cutting, sanding, or drilling these materials can produce respirable crystalline silica, which is 100 times smaller […]

June 16, 2023
Glovebags Versus Critical Barriers

The question that comes up frequently in asbestos training classes is whether a glovebag fulfills the critical barrier requirements of OSHA or not. Glovebag means not more than a 60 × 60 inch impervious plastic bag-like enclosure affixed around an asbestos-containing material, with glove-like appendages through which material and tools may be handled. The definition […]

May 17, 2023
CDC's New Lead Poisoning Resources

The CDC recently put up on their website two new videos designed to educate the public about the dangers of childhood lead exposure. The first video, “Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention,” is written for a general audience. The second video, “Childhood Lead Exposure Prevention Education,” is for high schoolers. Lead and Lead Poisoning A naturally occurring […]

April 16, 2023
Explosion at a Chocolate Factory

In March, an explosion at a chocolate factory in Pennsylvania killed seven people and wounded at least 10 others. Some workers said they smelled natural gas prior to the explosion at R.M. Palmer Co.  Survivor landed in chocolate tank One of the survivors, an employee named Patricia Borges, fell through into a vat of chocolate […]

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