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Recognizing and Mitigating Static Electricity Hazards

Fire departments respond to nearly 280 industrial incidents involving static electricity each year.

Stories from the Field — Flame-Resistant Clothing

Stories from the Field — Flame-Resistant Clothing

Flame-resistant (FR) clothing is a crucial element in keeping workers safe.

CDC Announces Six New COVID19 Symptoms

The Centers for Disease and Prevention has added several symptoms to its existing list of symptoms for COVID-19. Some you’ve heard, some you might not have.



Updating Drug Screen Protocols in Light of New Marijuana Laws

Updating Drug Screen Protocols in Light of New Marijuana Laws

Need advice for revisiting drug testing policy in the era of legalization?

Filing Toxic Exposure Claims During the COVID-19 Pandemic. How Does it Work?

You may be entitled to asbestos compensation. Find out if you are eligible.

OSHA Issues Additional Respirator Guidance for Healthcare

Last week, the Department of Labor released additional interim enforcement guidance on reusing disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators that have been decontaminated.

Shelter-In-Place, Low- to No-Cost 70E Compliance Solutions

Shelter-In-Place, Low- to No-Cost 70E Compliance Solutions

What can engineering directors and facility managers do to move their facilities closer to NFPA 70E compliance when spending has all but ground to a halt?

Interim Guidance for Meatpackaging and Meat Processing Industry

OSHA and the CDC have teamed together to provide Americans with an interim guidance for workers and employers in the meat packaging and meat processing industry—especially given recent sick workers.

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Return-to-Work Guidance for Retail, Construction, Manufacturing and Package Delivery Industries

Businesses in retail, construction, manufacturing and package delivery should review recently issued industry-specific guidance from OSHA.

EMTs are Stressed, Sleep-Deprived and Understaffed in the Time of COVID-19

EMTs are Stressed, Sleep-Deprived and Understaffed in the Time of COVID-19

As one of the places hardest hit by the pandemic, New York City is seeing a huge number of individuals suffering and dying from the virus—and emergency responders are struggling to sleep, treat and save lives.

NSC Announces a Safety Task Force to Aid in a Safe Return to Work

The questions of when and how the country will open after this global pandemic are undeniable ones, but there’s no doubt employers will have to operate workplaces differently. The National Safety Council and others are working to help them in that process.

Are Essential Workers Entitled to Workers

Are Essential Workers Entitled to Workers' Compensation for COVID-19?

One popular question is: are workers eligible for workers' compensation benefits if they are exposed to COVID-19 on the job and must be out of work?

OH&S SafetyPod: Coronavirus Basics: Symptoms, Transmissions, PPE, and Pandemic Planning

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OH&S SafetyPod: Coronavirus Basics - Symptoms, Transmissions, PPE, and Pandemic Planning

ASSP President-Elect Deborah Roy answers the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 pandemic with OH&S Editor Sydny Shepard.

Federal Government Recognizes Health and Safety Professionals as “Essential”

The government recently updated its essential critical infrastructure workforce advisory list to include occupational health and safety workers.

Where Does the Virus Live? Not on Your Hair, Clothes or Shoes

Where Does the Virus Live? Not on Your Hair, Clothes or Shoes

One Times article goes through the places that the virus likely exists and where it doesn’t—and reading this might put you at more ease.

The CDC’s Interim for Critical Workers Who May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

The CDC published an interim guidance for critical workers who may have been exposed to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

New Coronavirus Symptoms Include Loss of Smell and Taste

New Coronavirus Symptoms Include Loss of Smell and Taste

For a while, scientists suspected that loss of taste and smell where tell-tale signs of the coronavirus. Now, the CDC has officially listed them as symptoms.

OSHA Says It Will Use Discretion for Employers and Compliance During COVID-19

Last week, OSHA announced that it understands employers may have difficulty complying with OSHA standards due to the pandemic, and it will use discretion when considering employers’ “good faith efforts.”

Vast Majority of Americans Increase Hand Washing Due to Coronavirus

Vast Majority of Americans Increase Hand Washing Due to Coronavirus

Eighty-eight percent of Americans believe they’ll continue hand washing diligence after the pandemic subsides—and that could only be a good thing.

The AIHA Addresses False Information on PPE and Disinfection for the Coronavirus

Occupational health and safety (industrial hygiene) experts clarify misinformation on PPE, ventilation and disinfection in relation to COVID-19.

Using Contextual Intelligence To Promote Workplace Success

Using Contextual Intelligence To Promote Workplace Success

Mobile devices have fundamentally changed the work environment across a wide range of industries over the past decade.

AIHce EXP 2020 Goes Fully Virtual

The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo for 2020 just announced it is moving to be completely virtual and online this year.

How Employers Can Help Veterans Feel Safer in the Workplace

How Employers Can Help Veterans Feel Safer in the Workplace

Military service can take its toll on veterans' mental and physical health. When hiring veterans, there are many things employers can do to make their work environments safer

The National Safety Council and Other Call for Coronavirus Tests for all US Businesses and Worksites

As of April 15, 2020, more than 50 organizations urged the government in a letter to make COVID-19 testing available to employers maintaining operations during the pandemic.

Working Remotely? Keep Your Employees Engaged and Learning

Working Remotely? Keep Your Employees Engaged and Learning

With many Americans working from home, online training can help your workforce get caught up on regulatory training requirements or maybe even learn new skills.

The Department of Labor’s COVID-19 Alert for Package Delivery Workers

OSHA has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect package delivery workers from exposure to coronavirus.

In the Midst of the Pandemic, Truck Drivers are Seeking Hot Food and Clean Bathrooms

In the Midst of the Pandemic, Truck Drivers are Seeking Hot Food and Clean Bathrooms

The global coronavirus pandemic has truck drivers working hard to keep up with empty shelves and food supply demands. However, this comes at a price, as many divers say they have struggled to find hot food and clean restrooms on the job.

Stories from the Field: Flame-Resistant Clothing

Stories from the Field: Flame-Resistant Clothing

For many industrial environments, flame-resistant (FR) clothing is a crucial element in keeping workers safe.

Department of Labor Clarifies Employers’ Obligation to Report COVID-19 Cases

This week, OSHA issued interim guidance on employers’ duties as they relate to recording cases of COVID-19.

How to Leverage an Unexpected Plant Shutdown to Improve Your Electrical Safety Procedures

How to Leverage an Unexpected Plant Shutdown to Improve Your Electrical Safety Procedures

When unexpected crises, like COVID-19, cause unexpected shutdowns, safety managers should capitalize on the opportunity to reevaluate safety procedures across the board.