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Currently featured in the May 2024 Synergist

The Hazards of Critical Minerals

Assessing Occupational Health Risks in the Rare Earth Element Mining Industry

The world is undergoing a major transition toward cleaner energy technologies, which rely on the supply of “critical minerals,” including rare earth elements. As with any major economic transition that depends on the manufacture of new products, the extraction and processing of raw materials presents a new mix of hazards.

Beyond the Walls of the Museum

Safely Returning Cultural Heritage to Native American Communities

How can museums safely identify, assess, and manage toxins lurking in their collections when they lack the necessary knowledge and resources? More importantly, if museum workers lack this training, how can they ensure the safe return of ancestors and objects to Indigenous communities in accordance with recently revised Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act regulations?

They Call It Safety and Health for a Reason

The Many Collaborations of AIHA and ASSP

Despite their distinct emphases, AIHA and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) recognize the interconnectedness of industrial hygiene and safety disciplines. The collaboration between these organizations is instrumental in fostering a holistic approach to workplace health and safety.

Features from the April 2024 Synergist

From Fire Season to Fire Year

Protecting Wildland Firefighters in an Extreme Environment

Wildfires are a natural part of the ecosystem in the United States, but in many areas, our cumulative risk management choices over the last century have contributed to crisis conditions that make fires more severe and far-reaching. On the front lines of wildfire response are wildland firefighters, who do arduous work under difficult conditions, frequently in remote locations.

Developing the Silica Control Tool

A Model for Respirable Crystalline Silica Exposures at Construction Work Sites

Construction companies are primarily small businesses, and many do not have access to occupational hygiene data or expertise. The Silica Control Tool, developed by the British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance, uses a database of respirable crystalline silica exposure measurements from construction work sites to help employers generate RCS exposure estimates for their work activities and environments.

Injury Management

Exploring the Complexities of OSHA Recordkeeping and Workers’ Compensation

OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements and workers’ compensation involve two distinct bodies of laws and regulations. Recordable injuries or illnesses are those that employers are legally required to document via OSHA forms 300, 300A, and 301. For most employers, workers’ compensation is regulated by state law. An injury or illness may be OSHA recordable but not be accepted as compensable.

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