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Healthcare Health Hazards, Part 2

February 7, 2018

Industrial Hygiene (IH) is the science and art engaged in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace health hazards.  In our last blog about healthcare health hazards, we discussed ethylene oxide, formaldehyde, and glutaraldehyde.  These are the most significant and most common IH hazards in a healthcare setting, but many more remain.  In this blog we highlight mercury and waste anesthetic gases.

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Topics: Health & Safety


Healthcare Health Hazards

January 30, 2018

hospital.jpgHospitals are wonderful concentrations of scientific disciplines that work together to diagnose, treat, heal, and cure a myriad of injuries and illnesses.  Unfortunately, this environment can expose the personnel providing these services to some health hazards of their own.  We have all heard about the infectious diseases (tuberculosis, etc.) and blood-borne pathogens (HIV, HBV, etc); but there are many more that are not patient-related. 

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Topics: Health & Safety


Classroom or Online H&S Training - Which is Right for my Organization?

December 15, 2017

A well-planned and managed health and safety training program is shown to have bottom line and organizational benefits.  Costs of doing business continue to increase and human resources are usually a large part of any business’ expense.   More than ever before, worker training has to “make sense” to the business and be delivered cost-effectively.

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Topics: Health & Safety


Creating and Implementing Effective Emergency Response Plans

September 16, 2016

What is an Emergency Response Plan?

News reports have been devoted to far too many instances of emergency response requirements in recent months. Stories abound related to more types of emergencies than we would care to think about:

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Topics: Health & Safety


The Importance of Health & Safety Training for OSHA Compliance

October 30, 2014

workplace safetyIf you consider roughly 90 million Americans spend their days at work, the importance of health and safety training for OSHA compliance can’t be overstated. According to the OSHA website, prior to the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970, it was estimated that 14,000 deaths occurred as a result of job-related accidents, almost 2.5 million workers were disabled, and new occupational diseases had reached 300,000.  Businesses lost more productivity due to worker illness and injury than to employee strikes.  Lost wages, medical expenses and disability compensation cut deeply into the economy.

Understanding the need for uniform regulations on the job, OSHA has dedicated significant resources to training both employers and their employees.  The goal of OSHA’s training program is to “broaden worker and employer knowledge on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces.”

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Topics: Health & Safety


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