The Safety Brief for February. News, Events and More
By Alexandra Serban
February 28, 2020
January and February were not the most eventful months, right? Just kidding, there's always something interesting happening in the world of OHS. Here is a collection of titles you might find interesting.
NIOSH updates respirator labels
Inspired by Valentine’s Day, NIOSH issued approval labels for respirator assemblies. The labels indicate the compatibility of each component within the greater assembly. It’s ”downright romantic”, they say.
“Think of the NIOSH Certified Equipment List (CEL) as an online dating site to match you with your perfect respirator. This tool helps users, safety managers, industrial hygienists, and others to:
1. Determine if the respirator they are currently using or considering using is NIOSH-approved
2. Select the appropriate respirator to protect against the hazard(s) they are exposed to
3. Learn what respirators are designed to provide protection from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents, and how to locate the correct replacement component parts.”
Female firefighters are more exposed to carcinogens than men
Female firefighters face higher exposure to chemicals that are potential breast carcinogens, according to a study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Researchers collected blood samples from 86 female firefighters and 84 women who work in offices. The first group witnessed higher amounts of chemicals. Read more.
Honeywell donates masks amid virus outbreak
To support the global growing demand for respiratory protection, Honeywell pledged to donate $2 million worth of equipment to support hospitals in Wuhan, China, in the eastern province of Hubei.
“Our employees extend their hearts to the people in the affected areas, and we are making every effort to ensure the supply of protective equipment to those who need it most,” said Scott Zhang, president, Honeywell China. More information, here.
OSHA offers guidance for healthcare workers
Cal/OSHA's issued interim guidance for healthcare facilities, laboratories, public health services, police services and other locations where workers may be exposed to airborne infectious diseases.
“With some exceptions, employers must provide a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) with high-efficiency particulate air filters to employees who perform high hazard procedures on 2019-nCoV cases or suspected cases,” OSHA writes. More details, here.
Hot work causes 4 in 5 fires
In 2019, 79% of all fires on Scotland’s sites were caused by hot work hazards. Some 51 fires were caused by welding or cutting equipment, 22 by manufacturing equipment, and 23 by kilns or other services. The fires resulted in 21 casualties. Read more, here.
European research program to promote heat stress prevention
HEAT-SHIELD aims to address the negative impact of increased workplace heat stress on the health and productivity of five strategic European industries: manufacturing, construction, transportation, tourism, and agriculture. More about this initiative, here.
Lastly, you might enjoy this one on how real-time gas monitoring helps secure big event venues.
Have a safe month!