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Currently featured in the January 2022 Synergist

Putting on a Clinic

Design and Operate a Successful Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Program in the Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has put an unprecedented demand on existing healthcare infrastructure. As a result, alternative care sites have been identified or established to support the medical community, ranging from convention centers to school gymnasiums and parking lots. One such avenue is the workplace setting itself, where there exists a precedent for vaccination programs: annual flu shots.

Understanding Emergency Service Capabilities

Why Your Safety Plan Must Go Beyond Calling 911

Many safety professionals have no idea of the operational implications of relying on public safety, particularly the fire and emergency medical services, to mitigate gaps in their safety plans. Any safety and emergency response plan must rely on an accurate assessment of the relevant emergency situation and fully address potential incidents that are present in the work environment.

Accelerating Toward New Hazards

Protecting Workers During the Transition to Electric Vehicles

In 2010, too few battery-electric vehicles were purchased in America to be noted in the Bureau of Transportation Statistics report on new vehicle sales. In March 2021, 122,000 hybrid and battery-electric vehicles were sold— a new record high. This rate of growth presents challenges for workers, companies, and the occupational health professionals who work within them.

Features from the December 2021 Synergist

Shakespeare in a Time of Plague

How a Local Theater Company Overcame Pandemic Health and Safety Concerns

The performing arts is a significant part of the United States economy. Disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts were one of the last industries to begin a recovery. Here's how one theater company in Idaho mounted a safe and healthy comeback in 2021.

Wake-Up Call

Toward an Industrial Hygiene Approach to Work-Related Fatigue

Fatigue is pervasive and nondiscriminating, potentially affecting any worker at any job in any organization. While fatigue may be a complex construct, there are many tools available to tailor the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of this hazard among different organizations.

Extended Use and Disinfection of PPE

A Summary of Current Research on N95 Respirators and Exam Gloves

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, supply of critical PPE components for healthcare workers has returned to normal levels. CDC no longer recommends crisis capacity strategies such as extended use and reuse of PPE. But knowledge about these strategies will help healthcare providers protect their workers and their patients in the event of future shortages.

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