Not Just Another Competent Person: The Role of the Competent Person in OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction, Feb. 2017

OSHA’s silica standard for construction contains a requirement long recommended by experts: employers covered by the standard must designate a competent person.

A Close Look at Portland Cement: Respirable Crystalline Silica and Other Hazards of a Familiar Substance, Feb. 2018

The pervasiveness of portland cement in both industry and home applications means that users tend to approach PC with reduced vigilance in terms of hazard controls and prevention.

Can Ergonomics Programs Help Solve the Opioid Crisis? Preventing Pain Is the Key, May 2019

Most of the response to the opioid crisis focuses on preventing overdose deaths, on providing the best treatment for people with opioid addiction, and on changing prescription practices to prevent new cases of opioid overuse. But we are never going to stop the influx of new opioid users only by changing prescription practices.

The "RIGHT" PPE: Establishing a Successful Personal Protective Equipment Program on a Construction Site, Jan. 2019

With nearly one in five worker deaths in the U.S. last year attributed to the construction industry, the right personal protective equipment is crucial for worker safety. A sound PPE plan is essential to address the hazards created on a construction site and their impact on operations.

Mental Health in Construction, May 2021

Understanding Emergency Service Capabilities: Why Your Safety Plan Must Go Beyond Calling 911, Jan. 2022

Many safety professionals have no idea of the operational implications of relying on public safety, particularly the fire and emergency medical services, to mitigate gaps in their safety plans. Any safety and emergency response plan must rely on an accurate assessment of the relevant emergency situation and fully address potential incidents that are present in the work environment.

Engineering Controls for Respirable Crystalline Silica Hazards: Investigations by NIOSH’s Engineering and Physical Hazards Branch, April 2022

Although engineering controls to reduce inhalation of respirable crystalline silica have been available for decades, people continue to succumb to its associated health effects. Researchers at NIOSH have extensively studied engineering controls for tasks that produce RCS.

Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses: How to Reduce Heat Burden from PPE and Other Factors, June/July 2022

Heat stress is a critical topic in worker safety, and for good reason. Unabated exposure to extreme heat during work can result in several occupational illnesses and, if not treated properly, even death. With the summer months upon us, now is a good time to review the risks, causes, policies, procedures, mitigation strategies, and training related to heat-related illnesses.