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  • Complying with the OSHA Final Rule Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness

    In May of 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” to revise its recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses regulation. The final rule requires employers in certain industries to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping data included on the 300A, 300, and 301 forms.

  • Innovations in Chemical Protection

    The chemical protection market has remained unchanged in the last thirty years despite industry advancements and changes. Consequently, workers and purchasing agents have experienced serious gaps in their wants and needs for chemical protection with the products currently available.

  • Springfield DH Dual Hazard FR Fabric

    This paper is intended to educate the reader about Springfield’s new, inherently flame-resistant (FR) fabric. Springfield DH is engineered to provide permanent protection against flash fires and electrical arc flashes. It is important that a flame-resistant (FR) garment provide an expected degree of protection to the wearer. This paper will address key expectations to consider when making a decision on which fabric provides the optimum protection, comfort, and durability.


Videos

  • Preliminary 2D Animation of Events Leading to 2017 Fire at Arkema Chemical Plant

    On Aug. 29, 2017, flooding from Hurricane Harvey disabled the refrigeration system at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas. The plant manufactured organic peroxides. The following day, people within a 1.5 mile radius were evacuated. As the trailers increased in temperature the peroxides spontaneously combusted on Aug. 31. Officials ignited the remaining trailers, on Sept. 3 and the evacuation zone was lifted on September 4. This November 2017 Chemical Safety Board video is an animation depicting these events.

  • 3D Printed Dog Nose Improves Detection of Explosives Source

    NIST researchers have looked to one of nature's best chemical detectors – the dog – to help make today's chemical detection devices better at sniffing out explosives and other contraband materials. This 2016 video explains the concept of biomimicry and how the research can enhance chemical and pathogen detection. For more information, visit http://go.usa.gov/x8U8w.

  • NSF-Funded Researchers Build Wall-Jumping Robot

    A December 2016 National Science Foundation episode showcases a new wall-jumping robot, using sensor-integrated blocks to better identify developmental disabilities, creatures with camouflage, a new procedure to detect exposure to dangerous nuclear materials, and the discovery of the oldest know fossil tumor.


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