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TOH INSIDER | Enter for a Chance to Visit the New Yankee Workshop

This Old House Insider members regularly get the chance to be part of exclusive, in-person events like TOH TV wrap parties and the Tommy Awards. But we've got an Insider event coming up that's truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity if you're a serious Norm Abram fan: A visit to the actual New Yankee Workshop.If you've watched New Yankee Workshop, you've likely marveled not only at the skill of master carpenter Norm Abram, but also the incredible workshop. Though the show has been off the air since 2009, the workshop is still intact—and a few lucky fans will have the chance to see it…

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Dealing with Dust

When installing industrial insulation, dust is almost always a given– regardless of what type of material is being used. For this reason, most manufacturers have personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines they recommend for installers who handle their insulation products. These guidelines usually include long sleeves, pants, safety glasses, gloves, and a dust mask, and they are in place to help prevent nuisance dust from causing temporary, mechanical irritation for the installers. That said, some insulations can be exceptionally dusty. For example, some facility managers have implemented additional PPE requirements that include a full protective suit for the installer and/or tenting…

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Hygienic Workplaces Increase Worker Happiness

Clean and tidy work facilities lead to better morale in manufacturing environments, according to a new study from Tork, an Essity brand. A recent survey conducted by the hygiene brand revealed the manufacturing employees cite operational efficiency; safety and hygiene; and organization of the workplace as the top three factors influencing happiness on the job. Click here to read more about the results from this survey and what it means for your facility.  https://news.jm.com/blog/industrial-insulation/hygienic-workplaces-increase-worker-happiness

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Why Being “OSHA Legal” Isn’t Enough

When it comes to chemical exposure protection for employees and downstream users, companies must be compliant with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. In 1970, OSHA created permissible exposure limits (PELs) that remain the rule of law to this day, though knowledge regarding exposure and toxicity has continued to evolve since then. Disregarding that knowledge means legal compliance is not the same as protecting your company, employees and downstream users. Staying “OSHA legal” is no longer enough. Going beyond compliance is how you create a safer standard of care and protect your bottom line. But how exactly do you…

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An Overview on Industrial Hygiene Hazards and Controls

More than 40% of the OSHA compliance officers who inspect America’s workplaces are industrial hygienists (OSHA.gov). Industrial Hygiene (IH) is the practice of regulating, anticipating, evaluating and participating in the prevention of hazards within the workplace that will affect the wellbeing of workers. Health and safety hazards cover a wide-range of physical, chemical and biological stressors which may cause sickness, impaired health or significant discomfort among workers or citizens of your community. There are numerous hazards that can exist between employees who work with chemicals, pathogens and contaminants. Setting practice controls ensure that the environmental and physical hazards are best…

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Minimalist Perfection at LA’s Maru Coffee

The next time we’re in LA, we’ll be stopping by one of Maru Coffee‘s two locations. We’ve been following its Instagram account, @marucoffeela, and are intriqued with its minimalist design and attention to detail. The founders, Joonmo Kim and Jacob Park, who met while working at a coffee shop—naturally—opened Maru’s first location in Los Feliz in 2016. (Maru roughly means “mountaintop” in Korean, a nod to both their shared heritage and to the fact that good coffee beans often come from high altitudes.) After gaining a loyal following of coffee fiends and design aficionados alike, they opened a second, larger location…

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