Currently featured in the April 2021 Synergist
After the Pandemic
Planning for a Better “Normal”
For most of the past year, occupational and environmental health and safety professionals have been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. At some point, however, pandemic operations will demobilize. How, then, will OEHS professionals lead their workplaces to a new, post-pandemic “normal?”
From Best Practice to Policy
Developing a COVID-19 Prevention Program
While vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 provide cause for optimism, their incomplete efficacy, missteps in mass vaccination efforts, and the virus’s rapid mutation mean that approaches to infection control not reliant on vaccination remain necessary. Developing and implementing a strong infection control plan has never been more urgent, as a matter of best practice and regulatory compliance.
Taking Command of Emergency Response
A Primer on the National Incident Management and Incident Command Systems
Emergency incidents that require the specialized skills of industrial hygiene and OEHS professionals are occurring with greater frequency, so IH/OEHS professionals must be integrated into the response system. Two of the most important aspects of planning for and responding to disasters are the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System.
Features from the March 2021 Synergist
A New Agenda
For Biden Administration and Congress, Pandemic Puts OEHS Issues in Spotlight
Almost one year ago on March 13, 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States was declared a national emergency. But COVID-19 wasn’t the only thing in the spotlight during the past year: the 2020 U.S. elections saw record voter turnout, and the world watched to learn the outcome.
Tips for Applying to Surfaces
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, some employers and contractors around the world have used sprayers to apply disinfectant to people entering their facilities. But while spraying is a great method for disinfecting surfaces, it was never intended for application to people. As IHs, we should not allow intentional worker exposure to harmful chemicals.
Implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace
How DEI Improves Psychological Safety Culture
Today, diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of the fabric of the work environment. DEI improves productivity, performance, profitability, and morale; and reduces health and safety risks; limits liability; and promotes a greater sense of self-worth and belonging.