1. Safety News You Need: Hearing Protection

    Approximately 22 million American workers suffer from some sort ofWorker putting in an ear plug hearing loss. To help prevent hearing damage among your workers, you can take steps to assess noise levels and institute protective measures. This week’s Safety News You Need highlights information that can help you determine how loud is too loud and how best to protect workers’ hearing.

    ● To lower noise levels, you first need to know what those levels are. This guide offers insight into the noise levels of different environments and equipment, as well as when noise becomes hazardous to human hearing.

    ● The hierarchy of controls provides a foundation for addressing workplace hazards. Learn how to apply the hierarchy to hazardous noise and find solutions to reduce noise levels.

    ● Appropriate hearing protection equipment depends on several factors, including

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  2. How to Pick the Right SCBA

    When it comes to the health and safety of workers at your jobsite, finding the right equipment for the task at hand should be a top priority. You are well aware that—as a safety professional—your job includes assessing your workplace’s respiratory hazards in order to help determine which class of respirator you need.

    However, identifying the models best suited for your workforce’s specific situation is not quite as simple as it sounds. Once you’ve determined that your work conditions require the use of SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus), the numerous options available for purchase may seem overwhelming.

    It might be tempting to assume that all NIOSH-certified products are pretty much the same; however, this is not the case. Features and benefits, support, and more can vary from unit to unit and from vendor to vendor. If you take the time to carefully compare SCBAs, id

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    With a comprehensive seminar programme and thousands of solutions from hundreds of exhibitors, this is the perfect place to connect with the entire health and safety sector, and advance your skills and knowledge

    Show Dates: 18th – 20th MAY 2021
    Time: 09:00 to 17:00
    Venue: Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway Royal Docks, London

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    Secutech Thailand is the leading security, fire safety and smart building & home trade fair in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The 2020 show will be exhibiting over 250 exhibitors at a 7,500 sqm space

    Show Dates: 25rd to 27th November 2020
    Time: 09:00 to 17:00
    Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

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    Highlighting best practices, process improvements, technology advances and innovative applications to enhance occupational health and safety performance, the forum will endeavour to align world class principles with local industry requirements presented by visionary international and local speakers in an effort to bring Health, Safety, Environment issues to the fore combined with an audience of leading solution providers to ensure workplace safety and also analyse the role of modern technology in improving overall HSE performance.

    Show Dates: 23rd to 25th November 2020
    Time: 09:00 to 17:00
    Venue: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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  6. The 5 Cs of Hearing Conservation Programs

    During COVID-19, many people have missed listening to live music and hearing the pulsating sounds of drums, electric guitars, and professional singers.

    Others have missed attending live sporting events and hearing the cheers and hoopla from fans like themselves who share the bond of a favorite team.

    And some people long for late-night laughter and colorful conversations while enjoying craft beers and burgers at their favorite bar or restaurant.

    During this pandemic year, think how difficult and sad it has been not hearing the sounds we love. Now, imagine if your hearing were gone forever or seriously impaired. It’s not a good situation, but it’s a real one, especially in the industrial workplace.

    Hearing loss is a pervasive problem

    According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): “Hearing loss is one of the most pervasive problems in today's occupational environment, affecting workers in ma
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  7. Pandemic best practices and new technologies

    Consider these 12 practices from the field; stay abreast of breakthrough technologies

    For all the COVID-19 safety guidelines circulating, some hundreds of pages long, basic best practices are straightforward and known by most Americans. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, recently recounted them in an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    • Wear a mask consistently and correctly. “We need, as a nation, to show a degree of consistency of everybody” following public-health recommendations on wearing masks or other face coverings, said Dr. Fauci.

    “…One of the purposes of the masks is that if you may be inadvertently walking around not knowing you’re infected—(you need to) protect others from getting infected,” Dr. Fauci said.

    The goal should be “universal wearing of masks,” Dr. Fauci said.

    • Avoid crowds. A major of vector of
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  8. The Keys to Success in Residential Fall Protection

    Falls from height are a leading cause of construction worker fatalities. In 2018, falls accounted for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities. In the residential building industry, protecting workers comes down to mitigating or eliminating fall hazards before work begins and providing as safe a working environment as possible.

    “When it comes to worker fall protection, we either keep workers safe or experience injuries and fatalities, there is no in between,” says Jeremy Bethancourt, CHST, a safety engineering consultant with Augspurger Komm Engineering Inc. and safety director at LeBlanc Building Co. Inc. “Fall protection is an active way for an employer to ensure that workers are kept safe even if they violate safety procedures or simply make a mistake.”

    Bethancourt urges those involved in residential construction to remember the three points identified in OSHA’s Fall Prev

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  9. Safety News You Need: Eye and Face Protection

    Eye and face protection are critical tools in many workplaces. In the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that workers are protecting themselves and their coworkers. This week’s Safety News You Need can help you select the right face and eye protection for different situations, while optimizing your supply.

    ● COVID-19 has left healthcare workers in short supply of the PPE they need to protect themselves and their patients. Follow these strategies to optimize your supply of eye protection.

    ● Different face coverings provide different levels of protection. Learn the distinction between surgical masks and N95 respirators and situations where each should be used.

    ● Selecting the right eye and face protection will depend on the type of work being performed. Knowing the different types available and the hazards they protect workers from can

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