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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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EPA Bans Paint Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride

Paint strippers containing the chemical methylene chloride have been banned for consumer sales by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Image Credit: Raquel Baranow / CC BY-SA / Flickr Months after a number of U.S. retailers began acting on their own, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule prohibiting the manufacture and sale of paint strippers containing a toxic chemical blamed for a number of deaths. In a press release, the EPA said it found risks to consumers using strippers with methylene chloride to be unreasonable. The agency said even short-term exposure to fumes from the chemical can quickly…

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Big Batteries, Not New Power Plants

In a pilot program in Boothbay, Maine, 600 batteries housed in storage containers at an industrial park help ease peak loads on the local grid and make a new power transmission line unnecessary. [Image credit: GridSolar] Due to their decreasing costs, lithium-ion batteries now dominate a range of applications including electric vehicles, computers, and consumer electronics. You might only think about energy storage when your laptop or cellphone is running out of juice, but utilities can plug bigger versions into the electric grid. And thanks to rapidly declining lithium-ion battery prices, using energy storage to stretch electricity generation capacity. Based…

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Home Depot Bows to Labor Realities

A shortage of roofers is at least partly to blame for The Home Depot's decision to discontinue its roofing installation services. Roofers are one of several skilled trades in short supply in some parts of the country. [Image credit: UMD Watershed / CC BY-NC / Flickr] A shortage of skilled construction labor appears to have caught up with The Home Depot. The building materials and home goods retailer has stopped writing contracts for the installation of roofing, siding, insulation, and gutters. While maintaining dozens of other installation services, the company had decided those four specialties weren’t attractive in the long…

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