What should be done when old workplace problems reemerge decades later? This is a question regulatory agencies, industry associations and workplaces have been asking recently about coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) (often referred to as black lung disease). The disease, which was very common among coal miners until the 1970s when laws were put in place … Read moreRespiratory Disease Resurges Among Coal Miners
Selecting respirators appropriate for your workplace can be a daunting task. Respiratory protection program managers need to understand the airborne hazards in their facilities, determine the required assigned protection factor for a respirator, choose what type of respirator is needed (air-purifying or atmosphere-supplying, tight-fitting or loose-fitting) and make sure each employee’s respirator fits properly. The term … Read moreRespirator Certification – What Does N95 Really Mean?
The concept of personal protective equipment (PPE) most likely isn’t new to anyone who works in an industrial setting. The majority of safety managers and employees probably have to deal with some sort of protective gear like goggles, gloves or steel-toed boots on a regular basis. Knowing how to start a PPE program, improve an … Read morePersonal Protective Equipment (PPE) – The Basics
Exposure to the common silicon compound “silica,” which makes up much of the rocks, sand, and earth we stand on and use every day, has been slowly killing workers for years now. Also known as silicosis, exposure occurs when silica-containing materials are blasted, scraped, cut, or pulverized, and can be lethal. Silicosis, which has no … Read moreThe Top 5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Silica Exposure
Learning how to quickly respond to accidents and injuries in the workplace is important, but whenever possible, it is best to learn how to prevent accidents before they ever occur. Of course, it won’t ever be possible to completely eliminate accidents, but with some effort, workplaces can dramatically reduce the number of accidents and injuries … Read moreAccident Prevention in the Workplace
Scientific research facilities and certain manufacturing plants use CleanRooms to safeguard products or specimens against environmental contamination. Maintenance personal need to keep temperatures and air purity at consistent levels. A CleanRoom is designed to seal out various contaminants, including dust particles, microbes, mold spores and chemical vapors. Working safely in a CleanRoom requires specific procedural … Read moreCleanRoom Safety 101
Your hands are possibly the most important part of your body to those who work with them on a daily basis. Your life can change dramatically with even the slightest injury to your hand or fingers. We use a variety of protective gloves to help us protect our hands from danger, but what do we … Read moreProtective Gloves 101