Editorial Calendar

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.


DECEMBER 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

January 2018

Advanced manufacturing. The materials and methods used in manufacturing are changing rapidly and dramatically. The current push is to have items made "just in time" and "just to order." What effects will this new way of manufacturing have on the workplace, and how can industrial hygiensts prepare?

Noise and vibration from power tools. Many workers who use powered hand tools experience unnecessary exposures to noise, vibration, and other physical hazards, as well as impaired production and quality. How might a process management approach to the purchase of powered hand-held tools help protect workers?

The IH role in healthcare. Industrial hygiene concerns in healthcare include waste anesthetic gas exposures, construction and ventilation issues, selecting and monitoring for disinfectants, chemical and biological waste, and confined spaces, just to name a few. This article explains how IHs can be an integral resource in the healthcare industry.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: November 2nd
MATERIALS DEADLINE: November 9th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: November 22nd
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: November 30th


February 2018

Portland cement, silica, and construction. Generally available information about Portland cement, the most common cement in use, is typically confusing. It can contain as much as 25 percent silica after fabrication and presents a number of additional hazards, including hexavalent chromium. How can IHs control these hazards?

Exoskeletons: PPE, or engineering control? ​As workplaces become more automated, exoskeleons hold promise for minimizing musculoskeletal injuries and increasing productivity. But their benefits have yet to be validated, and questions remain about their return on investment. In addition, exoskeletons could actually introduce new MSD risks and discomfort. This article explores strategies for mitigating these issues.

The EHSQ maturity curve. How organizations have evolved their Environmental, Health and Safety Quality (EHSQ) program using software and mobile applications to capture lagging, leading, and transformational indicators. Which of these indicators contribute to predictive performance and which metrics should your organization prioritize?

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: December 1st
MATERIALS DEADLINE: December 8th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: December 28th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: January 4th


March

Big Data. Practitioners in seemingly every industry are using large, raw datasets for many purposes. What role will Big Data play in IH practice?

Microbiomes of the built environment. Advances in DNA sequencing to identify IAQ hazards. Settled dust in indoor environments typically contains particulate pollution from outdoors, soil, and thousands of species of bacteria and fungi. How do these microbial communities affect human health?

Powder handling. In the agrochemical industry, bulk powders of different toxicities are often used during production, presenting dificulties for containment and prevention of exposures.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: January 10th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: January 17th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: January 25th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: February 1st
 

April

Infectious diseases. This article will discuss infectious diseases of public health significance, provide an overview of lessons learned from the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, and discuss occupational exposure scenarios, including measures to protect workers and control infections.

PPE decontamination techniques. The authors explain time-tested methods for decontaminating personal protective equipment following an emergency response and how to determine their effectiveness.

Automated exposure screening. IHs spend a lot of time building and evaluating exposure scenarios. Data gathering is an integral and painful part of this process, and trying to do all of this for mixtures is extraordinarily difficult. This article describes an automated methodology for developing consistent exposure estimates based on standardized exposure scenarios already published by ECHA.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: February 7th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: February 14th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: February 22nd
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: March 1st
 

May

Gender equality in OEHS. Based on interviews with several practitioners, this article discusses the experiences of women in the OEHS professions.

The evolving role of sensors. Sensor technologies are producing greater amounts of diverse, personalized data, and direct-reading instruments hold promise for long-term and continuous monitoring.

DIY occupational exposure banding. OEBs are a potentially powerful tool for IHs when dealing with chemicals that don't have occupational exposure limits. This article explores how IHs can devleop OEBs on their own.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: March 14th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: March 21st
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: March 29th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: April 5th
 

June/July

ISO 45001. A close look at the first first voluntary international standard for improving employee health and safety, reducing workplace risks, and creating better, safer working conditions around the world.

Combination flame-resistant and chemical-resistant protective clothing.

Current issues in exposure banding and control banding. A summary of practical tools for IHs.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: May 11th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: May 18th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: June 5th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: June 12th
 

August

TBD
PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: June 11th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: June 18th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: July 3rd
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: July 10th
 

September

TBD
PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: July 11th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: July 18th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: July 26th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: August 2nd
 

October

Enterprise risk management. Practical suggestions for addressing risks across multiple sites in different geographic areas.

Getting on the same page: global IH vs. regional IH. In large companies, what the global IH intends can be quite different than what is actually applied on site. This article discusses examples of how changing priorities at the global level affect IHs at the local level.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: August 3rd
MATERIALS DEADLINE: August 10th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: August 22nd
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: August 29th
 

November

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

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.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: September 5th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: September 12th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION:September 27th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: October 4th
 

December

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.

PRINT SPACE RESERVATION: October 10th
MATERIALS DEADLINE: October 17th
DIGITAL SPACE RESERVATION: October 25th
DIGITAL MATERIALS DEADLINE: November 1st
 

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