EPA Releases Draft Scope Document for Risk Evaluation of D4 Chemical

In accordance with implementing regulations for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting public comment on the draft scope document of the risk evaluation to…

What is Respirator Fit Testing and Why is Fit Testing Important?

According to NIOSH, over 3 million employees in 1.3 million workplaces in the U.S are required to wear respiratory protection. In the construction industry, healthcare, and general industry, workers don…

Validation: Beyond the Hierarchy of Controls

Anticipating and controlling exposure to hazards is a fundamental component of safeguarding public and worker health.  In both occupational and non-occupational settings, common hazards range widely, from trip hazards to…

What is a Hearing Conservation Program?

Workplace Hearing Conservation Program High levels of occupational noise exposure can be linked to direct impacts on human health, including permanent hearing loss and psychological stress. These impacts can lead…

Adaptive Reuse of Commercial Buildings

As we continue to grasp the many ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily lives, the closure of thousands of businesses across the United States is a stark reminder that…

What is Hazard Communication (HazCom)?

What is the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard? The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued a proposed rule to update its existing Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The OSHA Hazard…

PFAS: A Growing Concern

In recent months, reports of human exposure to PFAS through contaminated groundwater, soil, food packaging and other sources, have increased in the media and translated to public concerns. PFAS (per-and…

Study Finds Wildfires Amplify Effects of Short-term Exposure to Particulate Matter on COVID-19 Cases and Deaths

As of August 17, 2021, nine new wildfires were reported across Montana, Washington, California, and Idaho which adds to the 104 active large fires throughout the US. In 2021 (year-to-date),…

How to Prevent Heat Stress in the Workplace

Each year thousands of workers are injured or die from heat stress they experience in the workplace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns employers and workers of…

CDC Updated Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools: Vaccinated Teachers and Students Do Not Need Masks Indoors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance, stating K-12 students benefit from in-person learning, and prioritizing safely returning to in-person instruction in fall 2021. The updated…