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Currently featured in the August 2022 Synergist

Analysis of Wildfire and Structure Fire Combustion Residues

Microscopy Methods and Other Considerations

The reliability of analytical results produced by laboratories for wildfire or structure fire investigations depends on the use of sampling and analytical methods that preserve the sampled particles’ chemical and physical properties. It is also vital that the methods do not alter, destroy, or inhibit the detection of the collected combustion particles or residues.

Teaching Laboratory Safety

Empowering Students, Educators, and Researchers to Do Safe Science

An ongoing struggle for safety professionals is effectively training employees to ensure they are performing their work safely and that they will go home healthy. The unique, amorphous environment of research and laboratory work, which features constantly changing processes, employees, and work sites, poses additional challenges.

Measuring Airborne Particulates

The Science of Developing a New Proficiency Testing Program

For many years, AIHA Proficiency Analytical Testing Programs has provided external quality control program assessment for laboratories, allowing participants to demonstrate their ability to correctly analyze samples of common workplace and environmental contaminants. Later this year, AIHA PAT Programs will launch a new proficiency testing program for the gravimetric determination of airborne particulates.

Features from the June/July 2022 Synergist

Preparing for the AI Revolution

Considerations for OHS Professionals

If you are waiting for the artificial intelligence revolution to begin, you might be surprised to hear it is already underway. AI systems are already part of everyday life, and the pace of change is only expected to increase. Research is beginning to focus on how AI may influence work practices and impact the safety, health, and well-being of workers.

Preparing for the Next Pandemic

IHs Are Needed Now More Than Ever

With our world getting smaller each day given the ease of transporting goods and people, as well as climate change’s negative environmental impact blurring the lines between animal ecosystems and pathogen reservoirs, another pandemic in our lifetime is a real possibility. How do we prepare for the next pandemic when we have not yet recovered from the impacts of COVID-19?

Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

How to Reduce Heat Burden from PPE and Other Factors

Heat stress is a critical topic in worker safety, and for good reason. Unabated exposure to extreme heat during work can result in several occupational illnesses and, if not treated properly, even death. With the summer months upon us, now is a good time to review the risks, causes, policies, procedures, mitigation strategies, and training related to heat-related illnesses.

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