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Currently featured in the January 2021 Synergist

Confronting Two Crises

The COVID-19 Pandemic, the Opioid Epidemic, and the IH

Opioid overdoses in the United States have risen sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program indicates a 17 percent increase in overdoses in April-June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, and 70 percent of those overdoses are associated with opioids.

Practical, Perplexing, and Unpredictable

Sampling and Use Considerations for Peracetic Acid

A disinfectant and sanitizer used in various industries, peracetic acid (PAA) use ensures that many products are safe for consumers. But concerns remain about the health and safety of those exposed to PAA while working with the chemical.

Evaluating Exoskeletons

Will They Make the Workplace Safer?

Much is unknown about the emerging technology of wearable exoskeletons and its ability to improve worker performance and workplace safety. The goal of this article is to help health and safety professionals understand how to determine whether exoskeletons are a viable ergonomic solution in their organizations’ workplaces.

Features from the December 2020 Synergist

Industrial Hygiene Data Standardization

Past Lessons, Present Challenges, and Future Directions

Which data should industrial hygienists collect? While this decision is often left to the discretion of individual IHs, standardizing IH data would create the opportunity for data aggregation, which can help identify exposure patterns or trends that may lead to improvements in occupational safety and health.

How to Make Online Information Disability-Friendly

The Basics of Section 508 Compliance

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees have only online access to job-related information, meetings, and training. Employees with disabilities will need to be accommodated to this new form of work organization and training. Therefore, private companies with sales, information, or training services on the web should consider compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

A Ventilation Checklist

Helping Control Airborne Disease Transmission in Non-Healthcare Facilities

Traditional HVAC systems, when used in conjunction with other methods like surface cleaning, social distancing, and face coverings, can help manage airborne disease transmission in offices, schools, and other indoor work locations where people are present. The recommendations in this article represent the best we can do to reduce airborne concentrations of disease vector particles.

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