Currently featured in the November 2020 Synergist
COVID-19 and Worker Fatigue
Lessons Learned and Mitigation Strategies
New routines and behaviors such as adhering to stay-at-home orders, wearing masks, and social distancing are constant reminders of our “new normal” and have been shown to increase anxiety. Terms such as “caution fatigue” and “quarantine fatigue” have emerged to describe the weariness we feel about our new restrictive circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Decontamination and Reuse of PPE in Healthcare
An Overview of Pandemic Guidance
Given the current environment, it is important to understand PPE reuse and extended-use guidance that has been shared by OSHA, CDC, and other United States governmental entities. Research, testing, and guidance for the use and reuse options are changing rapidly and will need to be monitored on an ongoing basis.
Changing the World, One Course at a Time
OHTA’s Fight Against Occupational Illness and Disease
Underlying the prevalence of occupational disease, injuries, and fatalities is the lack of adequately trained occupational hygienists who can not only anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control occupational hazards, but confirm their controls. Based on this pressing need, OHTA was formed in 2010 by a group of international colleagues.
Features from the October 2020 Synergist
Conquering Toxic Materials
Strategies for the Workplace
For many organizations, controlling worker exposures to toxic metals and preventing cross-contamination in surrounding and adjacent work areas are difficult challenges. This article advises how to look for toxic metals in the workplace, emphasizes compliance strategies, and identifies best practices to control toxic metal exposures and minimize cross-contamination.
More than a Logo
Reflections on AIHA’s New Branding and Outreach Initiatives
AIHA’s rebranding initiative does not signify a change in mission or vision; it is an external-facing communication strategy, an attempt to foster excitement for the profession by better explaining the role of OEHS practitioners.
Stories from the Profession
A recent series on the SynergistNOW blog features the stories shared by AIHA members about how their job affected an individual worker, a group of people, or the profession as a whole. On these pages, The Synergist presents edited versions of four recent posts in the series.