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New Respirator Fit Testing Protocols

On September 26, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule providing employers with two new fit testing protocols (for quantitative fit testing) to ensure employees’ respirators…
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New Director of Cal/OSHA Announced

Governor Newsom announced Doug Parker as the new Chief of Cal/OSHA.  He will follow Juliann Sum who retired earlier this year.  I think Juliann did a wonderful job leading Cal/OSHA…
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Are Cell Phones a Source of Contamination?

Cell phones have become an essential means of communication worldwide and a major factor on the way jobs are performed.  Although cell phones have enabled us to perform various tasks,…
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More on Construction Personnel Hoists

Construction personnel hoists (CPH) continue to be a hot topic with the Cal/OSHA Standards Board.  I recently wrote that Construction Safety Order §1630 (Elevators for Hoisting Workers) has long been…
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Cell Phones and Radiation Exposure

In November 2018, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) released their results of a study on the effects of radiofrequency (RF) radiation generated from cell phones.  Their study, which was on…
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Construction Personnel Hoists

The requirement for the installation of construction personnel hoists (CPH) has long been a controversial and confusing standard.  As recently reported in the Cal-OSHA Reporter the Appeals Board has issued…
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Respirator Fit and Facial Hair

I’ve been in occupational health for over 40 years and it’s hard to believe this topic continues to be raised.  Maybe it’s coming up again as a sign of the…
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March is National Ladder Safety Month

In the United States more than 500,000 people experience ladder fall-related injuries and about 300 people die from such injuries.  This year marks the third annual National Ladder Safety Month…
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