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Removal of pollution or contaminants from the environment such as groundwater, rivers, streams, lakes, other surface water, sediment, and soil is critical. There is also the threat of asbestos, PCB’s, lead, etc. on many construction sites. It may be obvious that these contaminants can negatively impact human health and the environment, but what about the workforce that is tasked with removing those contaminants? Workers must be educated and take the proper precautions, including wearing the right PPE and using the right equipment, for these dangerous tasks.

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Workers can unknowingly bring home hazardous substances on their clothes, shoes, skin, tools, and vehicle interiors, leaving family members vulnerable to health impacts. Are you protecting yourself and your family? Do you work in (more...)

Emergency safety showers are designed to keep workers safe from chemical hazards while on the job. To avoid further injury to users, emergency safety showers must provide a steady stream of tepid water – not too hot, not too cold, (more...)

This webinar is designed to provide attendees with an understanding of the standards, requirements, and techniques for fit testing respirators. We will review the OSHA and CSA requirements for fit testing respirators as well as the various (more...)

Choosing protective garments for use in painting or coating activities can be a challenging task. Workers who apply paint need dependable protection against dust, sprays and liquid splashes and may need different protection depending on a (more...)

According to the CDC, it is estimated that 20 million workers use PPE on a regular basis to protect them from job hazards.PPE protects workers from death, disabling injuries and illness; as well as from threats of exposures to certain (more...)

Join us to learn more about WHMIS 2015. Its history, upcoming changes, and how it'll impact your operations. Topics for this session will include:WHMIS history in Canada and internationallyWHMIS changes in Canada, including timelines (more...)

Join Safety Talks host Calvin Simpson as he speaks with Transportation of Dangerous Goods expert Tracey Thibeau and former federal radiation and TDG Inspector, Corie Doyle. Take part in the conversation as they answer your questions during (more...)

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Does your protective secondary FR clothing perform well in burn, flame response & repellency tests?KNOW THE FACTS that will protect your most valued assets.View remarkable results from a side-by-side (more...)

Having the wrong absorbents on hand can make dealing with spills and leaks a challenge and dangerous to your health and safety. Not sure what kind of absorbents are right for your workplace? This (more...)

When a spill occurs, efficient and safe clean-up is critical. Here is a checklist to help make sure you, your employees, and the environment are all protected.Did you know that slips, trips and falls (more...)

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Remediation Terms

Reasonable Grounds to Believe
ACM Waste
Cleanroom Apparel
Encapsulated Suit Level
Friable Asbestos
Surveillance of Work Related & Occupational Respiratory Diseases
Anaerobic Respiration
Cellular Respiration
Milligram Per Cubic Meter
Cubic Feet Per Minute
Asbestos-Containing Material
Full Face Respirator
Welding Respirator
Liquid Crystal Display
Negative-Pressure Respirator
Polycarbonate Lens
Explosion Class 3
Explosion Class 2
Explosion Class 1
Explosion Proof
Local Exhaust Ventilation
Impact Resistance
Polyvinyl Chloride
Parts Per Million
Class D Fire
Class C Fire
Class B Fire
Class A Fire
Powered Air-Purifying Respirator
Light Emitting Diode
Automatic Darkening Welding Filter
Oxygen Deficiency
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
Ceiling Limit
Intrinsically Safe
Carbon Monoxide
Knit Wrist Cuffs
Asbestos Exposure
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Dermal Absorption
Level A Clothing
Level B Clothing
Level C Clothing
Level D Clothing
NFPA 704
The Environmental Protection Agency
Plano Lenses
National Fire Protection Association
Safety Moment
Air-Purifying Respirator
The Code of Federal Regulations
Dielectric Material
Food and Drug Administration
Nitrile Rubber
Permissible Exposure Limit
Permeation Rate
Positive Pressure
The Department Of Labor
American Industrial Hygiene Association
High Efficiency Particulate Absorption
American National Standards Institute
Breakthrough Time
American Society for Testing and Materials
End of Service Life Indicator
Assigned Protection Factor
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Certified Industrial Hygienist
Exposure Level
Exposure Limit
Eye Hazard
First Responder
Flame Arrester
Flammable Liquid
Flash Point
Safety Goggles
Hydrogen Sulfide
Hazardous Waste
Lower Explosive Limit
Supplied Air Respirator
Ambient Air Breathing Apparatus
Personal Protective Equipment
Noise Reduction Rating
Odor Threshold
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Material Safety Data Sheet

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6 Factors to Consider When Choosing A Respiratory Protection Device

Learn about the different types of respiratory protection and what to consider when choosing which type to use for the job.

Storing hazardous materials

Storing hazardous chemicals can be a bit complicated, but these 7 tips will help you do it safely.

Emergency eyewash stations

Eyes should be washed out within 10 to 15 seconds of exposure to harmful chemicals. Is your workplace equipped to handle this?

Spray painting requires PPE

If you've got an industrial painting project coming up, how do you make sure it's done safely? Find out what kind of PPE will give you the protection you need.

Gas Detection - Some Jobs Couldn't Be Done without It

Gas detectors are used in more professions than many people realize. Learn how they work and what kinds of jobs require them.

Industrial spray painting must be done safely

Spray painting is efficient but comes with its share of risks. Find out what they are and how you can stay safe.

New Hydrogen Sulfide Regulations: What You Need to Know

New H2S regulations have gone in effect. Is your workplace ready?

Making Sense of Hazard Communication

OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard provides uniform labeling for chemical safety hazards. Learn more about it and your obligations as an employer.

What ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2017 Means for Hydrogen Sulfide Safety and Training

H2S regulations have been updated. Find out what you need to know to stay compliant.

Working with Hydrogen Sulfide

Working with hydrogen sulfide is hazardous and can be fatal. Find out what you need to do to stay safe.

Having a Good Respiratory Protection Program Saves Lives

A respiratory protection program combining engineering controls, PPE, and training can save lives.

6 Jobs That Call for Disposable Clothing

You do what you can to save money on PPE, but that doesn't mean disposable clothing isn't the best option. Find out when it is needed.

Everything You Need to Know About Sorbents

It's important to have the right sorbents when dealing with a spill. Find out what you need to know to select the best products for your needs.

The Key Safety Metrics for Oil and Gas Production

Oil and gas production is risky business. Find out what metrics you should track to keep workers safe.

Averting Leaks: Mobility’s Answer to New EPA Rules for Underground Storage Tank Inspection

Oil and gas leaks can have serious consequences for companies, the environment, and the economy. Find out how mobile solutions can help prevent leaks.

How to Select the Right Moisture Wicking Fabric for Your Job

Performance and protection are critical for safety apparel, but it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort. Learn more about moisture wicking clothing.

The Who, What, and Why Behind the New Silica Standard

OSHA's new silica standard is already in effect for the construction industry. Find out what you need to know.

What You Should Know About Using Calibration Gases

A poorly calibrated gas detector can put workers at risk. Learn more about calibration gases and how they could save your life.

Better Safety: Hand Protection

Hands are our most precious tools. Learn how to protect them from chemical hazards by using the right gloves for the job.

Gas Monitoring Reduces Worksite Accidents

Hazardous and explosive atmospheres need to be approached with all due caution. Find out how gas monitoring helps keep a worksite safe.

Work Safely with the Proper Respirator

A respirator will protect you from a number of air-borne hazards, but only if you have the right one. Find out how to select the right respirator.

How to Protect Outdoor Workers by Preventing and Controlling the Spread of the Zika Virus

If your employees work outdoors, they might be exposed to the Zika virus. Find out what measures you can take to keep them safe.

How to Improve Air Quality in Your Workspace (Even if You Don't Have a Dedicated Safety Crew)

Air quality tips and tricks for workspaces that don't have a dedicated safety crew monitoring the air.

Reducing Silica Exposure in Manufacturing

Silica dust poses serious health risks to workers in manufacturing. Learn about the dangers and what you can do to prevent exposure.

6 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidelines Every Employee Should Know

PPE is an important part of the health and safety puzzle - but only if it's used properly. Here are some key guidelines for getting the most out of your safety gear.

How to Deal with Spills in Your Facility

Slips can lead to serious and costly lost time injuries. Find out how to prepare for a spill and how to deal with one before they cause injury.

Work-Related Asthma: Breathe Easier

Learn about work-related asthma and what you can do to control contaminant exposure and prevent subsequent attacks.

Top 5 Ways for Power Plant Workers to Avoid Asbestos Exposure

Make sure all your bases are covered when it comes to asbestos exposure. Prevent future complications by protecting yourself properly now.

Employer Liability for Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure is not merely a concern of the past, and negligent employers can still face serious consequences for putting their employees at risk.

How to Reduce the Risk of Occupational Cancer

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Top 5 Ways Industrial Workers Can Avoid Asbestos Exposure

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Managing the Risk of Infectious Diseases in the Workplace

Infectious diseases pose a threat to the health of workers in many industries. Learn what you can do to help protect yourself and your employees.

FAQ: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Asbestos Handling

What kind of personal protective equipment do you need to handle material that might contain asbestos? Read this FAQ to find out.

Q&A: Automobile Mechanics and Asbestos Exposure

This brief article provides answers to all your basic questions about auto mechanics and their risk of asbestos exposure on the job.

Why Winterization Is Important for Health and Safety

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5 Ways for Electricians to Avoid Asbestos Exposure

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HIV/AIDS and the Workplace

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Changes to Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulation in Canada

Changes to TDG Regulation in Canada - Canada’s federal transport regulator has been making changes that touch many aspects of the transport of dangerous goods in Canada.

Asbestos 101 - Everything You Need to Know About The Deadly Mineral

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Q&A: Construction Workers and Asbestos Exposure

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Q&A - Top At-Risk Occupations for Asbestos Exposure

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Q&A: Firefighters and Asbestos

Learn how asbestos has an effect on the health and safety of firefighters, and how they can keep themselves safe when exposed to asbestos.

Shipyards and Asbestos: Frequently Asked Questions

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Asbestos: Frequently Asked Questions

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Proper Ventilation to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is a growing concern for office staff. Learn about ventilation techniques and how proper ventilation can improve air quality.

Asbestos: In the Home and Workplace

Asbestos has been a controversial set of materials. Find out what the common sources are in your home and work place, and what you can do to reduce your exposure.

What sort of procedures and exercises can one expect to perform during the fit test?

Respirator fit tests are meant to assess the effectiveness of a mask in a variety of circumstances in order to ensure it will function properly for the employee. Of...

Regarding a fit test, what is the rainbow passage and why is it said?

When it comes to respirators, fit testing is critically important, and OSHA advocates for it on a regular basis. Though it can be laborious and time consuming, it helps...

HAZMAT storage regulations

Most employers take hazardous substances seriously. They make sure their employees are trained to handle and dispose of them properly and safely. However, they're often...

What is the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for silica?

Crystalline silica is common on construction sites and used in several industrial products including glass, ceramics, and concrete. Despite being a useful substance,...

What is silica and why is it hazardous?

A natural mineral found in the Earth, the most common form of silica is quartz. It’s a widely used industrial material and is generally a component in sand, stone, rock,...

What is 'Table 1' and why is it so important?

For more than 40 years, we’ve been aware that exposure to crystalline silica dust can cause serious health problems for workers across several industries. Since silica...

Does fit testing require any training or certification?

Respirator fit testing is an important step to ensuring the safety of workers exposed to a number of chemical, biological, or particulate hazards. So, you might be...

55 gallon drums

Everyone knows that you’ve got to be extremely careful when handling hazardous chemicals. But what about when you’re storing them?When storing hazardous materials in...

Must I be medically evaluated and cleared to use a respirator?

To maintain the safety of all workers, OSHA standards mandate that every employee required or volunteering to use a respirator undergo a medical evaluation. This helps...

What should I look for in rainwear if I work with chemicals?

Working outdoors means you have to strike an important balance. You need to be able to keep yourself comfortable in any kind of weather, but you can't do it in a way...

Qualitative fit testing methods

Respirators only work if they form a tight seal against the wearer's face. A Qualitative Fit Test can reveal whether there is any leakage in the seal.The test is...

What is a respirator fit test and why is it performed?

Respirators protect the wearer from inhaling chemicals and toxic materials. Without them, these hazards could have a devastating impact on the pulmonary and general...

Industrial paint mixing

Isocyanates are powerful sensitizers and irritants that can cause serious health effects as a result of dermal and respiratory exposures. They are contained in some...

How do I choose the right respirator and mask for working with silica?

Silica is commonly found at construction sites. Workers are regularly exposed to silica in large quantities when they cut, drill, and grind silica-containing materials...

Take-home toxins brings a workplace hazard into the home

Workers can unknowingly bring home hazardous substances on their clothes, shoes, skin, tools, and vehicle interiors. These hazardous substances are known as “take-home...

What do I need to do to update my H2S training?

This is a great question, and a timely one, since new standards have been approved by the American National Standards Institute recently, and the issue of compliance...

What PPE is needed when working with hydrogen sulfide (H2S)?

There are several types of PPE that can be used to protect workers from harmful hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exposure. Exactly what kind is necessary will depend on the...

What types of gloves protect your hands from hazardous chemicals?

Check a safety data sheet and you might see a tip like “Wear impermeable gloves.” There are a couple of key issues with this type of generic safety recommendation:No...

What kinds of jobs should use disposable safety gloves?

Disposable safety gloves create a protective barrier around your hands to protect against germs, bacteria, and disease. This makes the answer seem obvious,...

What kind of respirator cartridge should I use?

Well, this might sound crazy, but that all depends on the job you’re doing. The first step in choosing a respirator and cartridge is having a complete hazard assessment...

Why is it important to have air sampling done to determine my PELs?

Airborne contaminants can pose serious threats to the health and safety of your workers. Conducting air sampling in your work environment is important to determine the...

Do hard hats expire?

This can be a bit confusing because OSHA doesn't specify a set expiry date for hard hats. But that doesn't mean you can use them indefinitely. If you want to ensure your...

What is an SPCC Plan and do you need one?

A spill control and countermeasures (SPCC) plan is a facility-specific, comprehensive plan that outlines both the containment and countermeasures implemented to prevent...

Who needs HAZWOPER training?

HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) is OSHA's standard regulating the protection of workers whose job involves responding to chemical...

What Is the Threshold Limit Value (TLV) for Asbestos?

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) recommended exposure limit for asbestos is:Time weighted average: 0.1 fibers per cubic centimeter...

What are examples of PPE when working with asbestos?

For all listed classifications respirators and protective clothing is required. The employer must provide these. Respirator filters must be designed for filtering...

What are some of the risks firefighters face from asbestos exposure?

Firefighting is a dangerous job, and there are more hazards than one might think. The intense heat, raging flames and choking smoke are obvious hazards. But microscopic...

If I suspect potentially dangerous asbestos exposure is occurring in my workplace, who do I report it to?

Workers can file a complaint with OSHA if they suspect asbestos is a hazard at their workplace. OSHA will investigate the complaint and inspect the workplace. Complaints...

Are there different types of asbestos work?

Yes. OSHA rates asbestos work in classes(Levels)one through four.Asbestos work classifications: The OSHA standard establishes a classification system for asbestos...