Included in every issue is the Newswatch standing column. This 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.
The Power and Utility of Mathematical Models
Impulse Noise in a Military Setting: The author will describe impulse noise in the military from a hearing conservation perspective offer advice on how industrial hygienists can get involved and make a difference.
Fatigue and Shiftwork: Thirty percent of American workers get six or fewer hours of sleep a day, a level that is too short according to sleep experts. How are OHS professionals dealing with fatigue, shift work, and the hazards related to disruption of workers' circadian rhythm.
Space Reservation: Nov 4, 2016
Materials Deadline: Nov 11, 2016
The Citizen Scientist: The evolution of smart, mobile sensors and smartphone platforms has sped the development portable, wearable, and even implantable sensor technologies. Technologies typically reserved for laboratory or clinical settings are now being used by citizens for a wide range of human health and wellness monitoring applications. What are the implications of this trend for occupational health and safety professionals?
Surveillance and Biomonitoring of Nanomaterial Workers: An overview of surveillance programs for the early detection of biomarkers in nanomaterials workers that reflect exposure and genotoxicity.
SPECIAL SECTION: AIHCE TECHNICAL SESSIONS LIST
Space Reservation: Dec 2, 2016
Materials Deadline: Dec 9, 2016
Excellence in OHS Leadership: Excellence in OHS leadership requires focusing on both the worker and the work, and can lead to world-class results. This article will discuss the characteristics and skill sets of an excellent leader.
Oxygen Deficiency: Comparing OSHA with Z88.2: OSHA's respiratory protection standard addresses the hazards of oxygen deficiency differently than the Z88.2 standard. What are the differences, and what do they mean for industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety professionals?
Selecting the Right Laboratory Coat: When selecting laboratory coats, the industrial hygienist is concerned with limitations of dexterity, durability, employee comfort, and compatibility with the hazard of concern. These and other criteria provide the framework for an organization’s PPE program. Laboratory coats may appear similar in style and color, but some scientists may be surprised to discover that there is no universal laboratory coat suitable for protection from all laboratory hazards.
Space Reservation: Jan 6, 2016
Materials Deadline: Jan 13, 2017
Models for Forecasting Occupational Exposures: How can we use modeling to predict future (and past) occupational exposures? This article will discuss examples and argue that IHs need only expend a little effort to develop a "modeling mind."
PCBs in the Indoor Environment: How do you know if you have a problem with PCBs? This article will discuss various assessment and sampling techniques to identify common sources of PCBs in building materials.
Practical Issues in Minimizing Welding Fume Exposures: While source emission reduction is a critical element of minimizing exposures to welding fumes, the most important issue is establishing lowest possible exposures of the individual welder, as determined by personal monitoring. This exposure assessment also validates the effectiveness of process substitution and all other control measures. The use of recommended in-helmet breathing-zone sampling is imperative for measuring true exposures.
SPECIAL SECTION: AIHCE PREVIEW
Space Reservation: Feb 10, 2017
Materials Deadline: Feb 17, 2017
Using Cumulative Risk Assessment in IH: Cumulative risk assessment considers the combined risks to human health of multiple agents or stressors. This article will describe practical applications of cumulative risk assessment for IHs.
Winning Arguments for IH Interventions: An AIHA project has identified the essential knowledge and skills required for persons who develop and present business case arguments in support of IH interventions. This article discusses AIHA's Body of Knowledge for business value presentations.
The Benefits and Challenges of Sit-Stand Workstations: Research suggests that excessive sitting can be detrimental to health. This article assesses options that give workers in office environments the ability to sit or stand while working.
SPECIAL SECTION: AIHCE EXHIBITORS LIST
Space Reservation: Mar 10, 2017
Materials Deadline: Mar 17, 2017
Space Reservation: Apr 20, 2017
Materials Deadline: Apr 27, 2017
Silica Sampling and Analysis: OSHA's silica rule is slated to go into effect in June 2017. This article discusses silica sampling and analysis from the laboratory's perspective.
Understanding Lab Safety Culture: Laboratory accidents are much in the news. Knowing the attitudes of lab researchers toward safety can help IHs create safer workplaces.
SPECIAL SECTION: AIHCE WRAP-UP
Space Reservation: Jun 9, 2017
Materials Deadline: Jun 16, 2017
Models in Studying Potential Exposures from Products in Commerce: Producers of chemicals have a responsibility to understand the potential downstream exposures from their products, when reformulated for industrial or even consumer uses. In most such assessments, current measurements of exposures are not feasible. This article will illustrate some of the issues and discuss some of the modeling approaches available to meet the need for downstream exposure assessment.
Nanomaterials and Product Stewardship: This article will discuss topics relevant to practicing good product stewardship for nanomaterials and for products that leverage nanomaterials.
Removing a Hotcell Window--Health and Safety Challenges: A hotcell is a containment designed to protect workers from radioactivity yet continue to allow work with remotely handled tools and windows for visibility. Recently, a first-time activity for the Idaho National Laboratory was to replace a hotcell window put in place circa 1977. This job evolution was complex in nature and involved several health and safety hazards.
SPECIAL SECTION: FALL CONFERENCE PREVIEW
Space Reservation: Jul 14, 2017
Materials Deadline: Jul 21, 2017
How to "Sell" Health and Safety to Workers: Interviews with trainers and risk communication specialists will suggest practical ways IHs can improve their ability to influence workers' behavior.
Updates on Respiratory Protection Standards: The latest news and developments about the ANSI/ASSE Z88 respiratory protection standards.
Controlling Exposures through Process Elimination: Sometimes the most effective way to protect workers is to change or eliminate entire processes. An IH presents examples of process elimination and discusses their implications.
Space Reservation: Aug 18, 2017
Materials Deadline: Aug 25, 2017
- Wildfire Smoke Contamination Testing: We all know that post-fire assessment and cleanup is a complicated issue. Although many assessments rely on known problems and visual evaluation, testing can be an essential component in addressing “invisible” contamination concerns or determining if any residual contamination is above the “normal or typical background” levels. But what to test for and how to use the results are big questions without clear resolution.
3-D Printing: Possible Health Effects and Controls: Applications of 3-D printing have increased dramatically in recent years. But 3-D printing carries some health risks, and as the machines become more affordable, many employers find themselves unprepared to protect workers.
Space Reservation: Sept 8, 2017
Materials Deadline: Sep 15, 2017
Models for Responding to a Hazardous Materials Emergency: Written from the perspective of a chemical engineer/industrial hygienist who has been responding to emergency chemical spills for over 15 years, this article discusses the use of on-site monitoring alongside atmospheric dispersion modeling to validate model predictions. Topics include lessons learned in response to chlorine emergency releases and other dispersion events, and the effectiveness of models in accurately predicting air concentrations. Case studies will summarize the performance of predictive models relative to exposure monitoring. Readers will learn about the emergency response utility of a wide range of model structures.
Potential Applications of Occupational Exposure Bands for Emergency Response: Occupational exposure banding uses available toxicological data to create an occupational exposure band (OEB), which supports decisions about exposure control strategies. This article suggests possible uses of OEBs in emergency response activities.
Preparing for a Disaster: Practical tips for IHs on how to prepare their organization for an unforeseen event.
Space Reservation: Oct 9, 2017
Materials Deadline: Oct 16, 2017