What’s the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust, after oxygen? If you guessed silica, you’re right. Silicon dioxide (silica or crystalline silica) is composed of two oxygen atoms and one silicon atom. The most common form of crystalline silica is quartz, which is a main component of any concrete and masonry materials. Silica […]
In the wake of the Ebola cases contracted outside of the “hot zone” of Western Africa, it’s important for businesses to take a step back and assess their own respective infection/exposure control programs. Rest assured, the vast majority of people will never come into contact with this deadly disease, but the concern engendered by the […]
As of October 2, 2014, there have been more than 7,100 total cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Of those cases, 3,330 people have died and the numbers continue to grow. Furthermore, for us in the United States, the impact has finally arrived. On September 30, 2014, the Center for Disease Control […]
Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: Released by the U.S. Government on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. One of the most significant discoveries of the 20th century was the discovery of antibiotics and their use in combating infection. This discovery transformed the practice of medicine and now saves millions of lives each year in the United States and globally. […]
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been the worst since it first appeared more than 30 years ago. As of July 31, 2014, the current outbreak of Ebola has infected more than 1,300 people and has killed 729 people across Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and Nigeria. It is highly contagious and the outbreak […]
Throughout a plethora of industries, nanotechnology is becoming more prevalent and being utilized more often. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials and devices. Nanotechnology embarks on understanding matter at the nanoscale; dimensions approximately between 1 and […]
Since 2012, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has infected more than 600 individuals and has resulted in over 190 deaths. To date, it has been reported in a total of 18 countries, and the numbers continue to grow. Within the past month, the disease has made it to the Netherlands and the United […]
March 24, 2014 is World Tuberculosis Day. The slogan this year is “Reach the 3 million.” Every year, approximately 9 million people are afflicted by this infectious disease. Of those, 3 million are “missed” by health systems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 450,000 people were infected with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2012.
Every year thousands of workers are affected by ergonomic risk factors that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other types of injuries and illnesses. Since there is no federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) standard for ergonomics, many employers overlook the importance of this discipline that costs billions of dollars per year.
By December 1 of this year, employers should have trained employees on the new safety data sheet format and label elements under the revised HazCom Standard (HCS).