Volume 27, Issue 2, June 2016


Facts about the New Silica Standard

In March of this year, Federal OSHA published two comprehensive standards on the occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica; one for construction (29 CFR1926.1153) and one for general industry and maritime (29 CFR1910.1053).  The federal standard is to take effect on June 23, 2016, assuming it moves forward.  The standard faces substantial objections primarily from...

Respiratory Protection and Healthcare Facilities

Recent studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have shown that healthcare workers who routinely come in contact with hazardous chemicals and other airborne materials often lack training and awareness of necessary procedures to protect themselves from exposures to these materials.  These studies are derived in part from the NIOSH Health...