Editorial Calendar

Included in every issue is the NewsWatch section, which includes short articles and updates from NIOSH, the CDC, EPA, OSHA, and other government agencies. The focus is on news, new research and findings, and best practices. Hot-button topics like silica and GHS labeling have appeared here throughout the past year.


November 2018

Protecting workers from ototoxics. Ototoxics are chemical substances that cause hearing loss once they are introduced to the body through the traditional routes of exposure such as inhalation, absorption, ingestions and others​ This article discusses some considerations for incorporaitng ototoxics into workplace hearing conservation programs.

The ergonomic value proposition.

Cleaners: parsing the regulations. A confusing jumble of environmental regulations governs the use of cleaners. For example, bleach can be a cleaner in one concentration and a pesticide in others. This article explains the nuances that often aren't apparent from reading product labels.

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December 2018

The science of choice. How advances in prospect theory and cognitive science are influencing risk-related issues and decision-making.

Not all gloves are created equal. A review of research on protective gloves and guidance for proper selection.

Controls for workplace violence.​ Workplace violence should be treated as a significant risk to be prevented. Administrative controls and engineering controls to reduce the risk of workplace violence are more effective than relying on training and policies that are solely reactive, such as the run, hide, fight method.

SPECIAL SECTION: IOHA wrap-up. Relive highlights from the first U.S.-based conference of the International Occupational Hygiene Association.

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January 2019

Infrastructure projects in developing countries. Construction is a dynamic industry; conditions change on an hourly basis--especially when a contractor is working in another country and with workers from a different culture. In this environment, ccupational health and safety planning is necessary to prevent occupational disease, protect worker safety, and preserve business integrity.

Z88 update. The latest news and developments about the ANSI/ASSE Z88 respiratory protection standards.

Enterprise risk management. Macondo. Wells Fargo. Volkswagen. Facebook. Duck Boats. These diverse companies have recently experienced very public failures to identify and manage risk, and have suffered immense reputational damages. This article discusses tools for identifying risks that might otherwise be hidden in your organization.

SPECIAL INSERT: AIHA's Research Report. This standalone report, mailed as a special insert to The Synergist, will highlight the work of various projects undertaken by AIHA volunteers.

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February 2019

ISO standards for gas detection. ISO is developing two new standards on gas detection in workplace atmospheres. This article offers a glimpse into the issues surrounding these standards.

Legionella hazard identification process. Introducing a hazard identification process for legionella developed by AIHA volunteers.

Protecting temp workers. Who is responsible for the health and safety of temporary workers--the employer or the contractor? This article highlights the gray areas of OHS for temp workers and suggests ways to ensure they are protected.

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March 2019

The new ANSI Z10 standard. On the heels of ISO 45001, the first global standard for occupational health and safety management systems, ANSI is producing a revision of Z10, the American OHSMS standard. How does the new Z10 differ from ISO 45001, and what does it have to offer users?

Human factors and ergonomic effects associated with opioids in the workplace.

Construction PPE: managing multiemployer work sites. Practical tips for establishing a PPE program for construction projects that involve workers from multiple employers.

SPECIAL INSERT: AIHA's annual report. AIHA's award-winning annual report gives readers a broad view of the organization's key initiatives.

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April 2019

Total Worker Health and the gig economy. ​The changing nature of work arrangements present new challenges related to health and safety. Industrial hygiensts are uniquely positioned to address these challenges, especially through concepts such as Total Exposure Health and NIOSH's Total Worker Health initiative.

Changing exposures in the death industry. Based on the popular session at AIHce EXP 2018, this article will discuss protections for workers from formaldehyde, a carcinogenic chemical preferred among embalmers, and for workers in crematoriums, who are exposed to silica, noise, dust, and lifting hazards, among others.

Ergonomics: home healthcare workers.
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May 2019

Drug-free workplace policies in the age of legalized and medical marijuana. With the legalization of cannabis on the rise, what do employers need to look for when revisiting their policies on drug use?

NAFTA and OHS. How will coming changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement affect occupational health and safety in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.?

Understanding the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act.
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June/July 2019

Risk and exposure science at the intersection of toxicology.

New York's Legionella regulations. In August 2016, regulations requiring cooling towers be registered, inspected, and tested for Legionella went into effect in New York state. Three years later, how have the new requirements affected the incidence of Legionnaires' disease, and what have we learned about disease prevention?

The nuts and bolts of an emergency response.
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August 2019—SPECIAL ISSUE: LABORATORIES

Protecting worker encounters with illicit drugs.

SPECIAL SECTION: AIHCE 2019 wrap-up.
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September 2019—SPECIAL ISSUE: PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP

Bonus distribution: Product Stewardship Society members.

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October 2019

Creating a professional development plan for your IH career.
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November 2019

The challenges of managing in a distracted world.

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December 2019

Risks for dental workers. The hazards of dental work include respiratory and musculoskeletal disorders, exposure to radiation, and eye injuries. In addition, CDC recently found a cluster of a rare, severe lung disease among dental workers in Virginia.
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Contact

Holly Klarman | 410-584-1954 |  holly.klarman@mci-group.com​