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Stinging Insects

Stinging Insects

| March 6, 2017

Bees, hornets, fire ants and wasps usually present only a minor hazard to workers, but they can be fatal for workers with allergies. The best ways to avoid these hazards are to avoid getting stung in the first place. Smart precautions include avoiding fragrant cologne, perfume, soap, perfume or deodorant, as the smells can attract […]

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Aerosol: History and Hazards

Aerosol: History and Hazards

| February 28, 2017

Aerosol cans are everywhere, used for everything from insecticide to spray paint to cooking spray. The aerosol can was first invented in 1927 in Norway, but first deployed en masse during World War II, as aerosol cans of insecticide saved the lives of thousands of Allied soldiers in the Pacific Theater. Aerosol cans contain both […]

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Acetone: History and Hazards

Acetone: History and Hazards

| February 28, 2017

Acetone, (CH3)2CO, is a common solvent, first discovered by alchemists during the Middle Ages, where it was known as “spirit of Saturn.” In 1836, its chemical structure was determined by chemists Jean Baptiste Dumas and Justus von Leibig. In previous eras it was made from the distillation of starches. A key component in explosive manufacture […]

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Anthrax: History and Hazards

Anthrax: History and Hazards

| February 28, 2017

Anthrax is a disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis, and has been known since antiquity. The disease’s name comes from the Greek word for “coal,” because the black lesions that develop on the skin resemble coal. Robert Koch, a German doctor, identified the anthrax bacterium in 1875, a discovery that won him the 1905 […]

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Benzene: History and Hazards

Benzene: History and Hazards

| February 28, 2017

Benzene, C6H6, is a highly flammable, colorless liquid used in gasoline, as a laboratory solvent, and, most commonly, in the chemical industry. Benzene was discovered in 1825 by the English chemist Michael Faraday, under the name “bicarburet of hydrogen.” Before the 1950s, benzene was produced from coal; in the modern era, benzene comes from the […]

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Protect Workers from Heat Illness

Protect Workers from Heat Illness

| February 28, 2017

The body’s temperature is naturally self-regulating, as the body normally sweats to lower the body’s temperature in hot weather. But prolonged exposure to hot, humid conditions can cause workers’ body temperatures become dangerously elevated, a condition called heat illness. In 2014, over 2600 workers suffered from heat illness, and 18 died. There are two major […]

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Cold Stress: Identify Types Before You Treat Affected Workers

Cold Stress: Identify Types Before You Treat Affected Workers

| February 28, 2017

Extreme cold can be dangerous for workers, especially those working outdoors in winter, or in refrigerated environments, such as first responders, utility employees, and people involved in snow removal. (A prefatory note: the definition of “extreme cold” depends on the region– extreme cold in sunny Los Angeles is very, very different from extreme cold in […]

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How to Conduct a Pre-Start Forklift Inspection

How to Conduct a Pre-Start Forklift Inspection

| February 28, 2017

Conduct pre-start inspection with the engine off. Check fluid levels and inspect for leaks. Make sure safety devices are working and that safety warnings are present. Check mast chain tension. Do not put your hand inside the mast! Check tires for cuts and make sure tire pressure is adequate. Check operator compartment for grease and […]

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Falls Remain the Top Risk in the Construction Industry

Falls Remain the Top Risk in the Construction Industry

| February 28, 2017

Falls are a major danger in the workplace, and distressingly common. In 2014, 261,930 workers missed at least one day of work from falls, according to the Labor Department. 798 workers died. Falls most commonly occur in the healthcare, retail, and wholesale industries, but the highest frequency of fall deaths occurs in the construction sector. […]

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What are Confined Spaces?

What are Confined Spaces?

| February 28, 2017

Confined spaces are areas not intended for continuous human occupancy. This makes them dangerous, because they often won’t have safeguards to keep workers safe from falls, dangerous fumes, or temperature extremes. Making matters worse, many confined spaces are extremely difficult for emergency personnel to reach. According to OSHA, confined spaces with “a hazardous atmosphere, engulfment […]

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Varying Degrees of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation

Varying Degrees of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation

| February 28, 2017

What is ionizing radiation? Ionizing radiation is radiation that causes electrons to be knocked off of atoms, giving them an electrical charge. Ionizing radiation in very high doses can be dangerous, even fatal. (But on the upside, don’t worry, at least it won’t turn you into the Incredible Hulk!) The most common types of ionizing […]

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