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Nurse Practitioner Week – November 10-16, 2019

Nurse Practitioner Week – November 10-16, 2019

Occupational health nurse practitioners (OHNP) are also known as occupational and environmental health nurse practitioners or occupational health and family nurse practitioners. The focus of the OHNP is the prevention and treatment injuries or illnesses resulting from the work environment. The OHNP usually cares for patients/employees directly in an onsite employee health clinic.

Understanding Environmental Assessments and Audits

Understanding Environmental Assessments and Audits

Environmental Assessments/Audits are completed at industrial and commercial sites for a variety of reasons. Real estate property transactions (e.g., purchase, sale, refinancing) are typically the driver for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs). Suspected releases often dictate a need or desire to conduct a Phase II ESA to confirm whether or not the release impacted the environment.

BenMAP-CE: Estimating Health and Economic Effects of Air Pollution

BenMAP-CE: Estimating Health and Economic Effects of Air Pollution

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued the latest version of the Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program – Community Edition ( or BenMAP-CE). An open source computer program, the BenMAP –CE tool calculates the number and economic value of air pollution related to death and illness.

OSHA Releases TOP 10 Violations of 2019

OSHA Releases TOP 10 Violations of 2019

OSHA announced 2019’s Top 10 Violations a few weeks ago with little change in the list from last year. The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) and respiratory protection traded spots on the list, but all other topics remained where they were.

Progress Being Made on Sulfur Dioxide Air Quality

Progress Being Made on Sulfur Dioxide Air Quality

Historically, Steubenville, Ohio has been one of ten areas within EPA Region 5 to have had measured levels of sulfur dioxide concentrations greater than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (also known as “nonattainment”).

Atmospheric Monitoring – Old School

Atmospheric Monitoring – Old School

OSHA makes it clear at 1910.146(d)(5)(iii) that when testing the atmosphere in a permit-required confined space, testers should check oxygen first, followed by flammables, and finally, toxic gases and vapors. This does not appear to make sense since atmospheric monitors read all gases simultaneously.

The Effects of Crystalline Silica on Workers

The Effects of Crystalline Silica on Workers

Silica is one of the most abundant and complex naturally occurring minerals and the main component of sand. Quartz is the stable crystal form of silica, while tridymite and cristobalite are less stable crystalline forms. Crystalline silica becomes the biggest threat when it is pulverized or changed into very small particles that can become airborne and inhaled.

ROI: Why Investments Into Safety Programs Are Much More That

ROI: Why Investments Into Safety Programs Are Much More That

njuries and accidents are bad for business.
Consider the consequences. First, operating costs immediately increase. Added expenses might come directly from adjustments to workers compensation rates or arrive in the form of regulatory fines levied by outside agencies. In addition, how much product was destroyed? What are the charges for repairs to the equipment and how long will operations be delayed?

Increased Risk: Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Industry

Increased Risk: Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Industry

Sadly, workplace violence continues to be reported in the news almost every day. While OSHA has no specific regulation addressing workplace violence, a recent court decision supports OSHA’s use of the General Duty Clause in workplace violence cases. OSHA has taken notice and is paying increasing attention to the violence issue, particularly in the healthcare industry.

Under Pressure: OSHA’s Stance on Compressed Air for Cleaning Purposes

Under Pressure: OSHA’s Stance on Compressed Air for Cleaning Purposes

Compressed air used for cleaning. Compressed air shall not be used for cleaning purposes except where reduced to less than 30 psi and then only with effective chip guarding and personal protective equipment. 1910.242(b). While it is one of the shortest of the OSHA general industry standards, it is also one of the most misconstrued.

Why Having an Onsite Occupational Health Nurse is Beneficial

Why Having an Onsite Occupational Health Nurse is Beneficial

Occupational health nursing is a specialty practice that provides a multitude of health and safety programs and services to a company’s employees. The practice of occupational health nursing focuses on promoting and restoring health, preventing illnesses and injuries, and protecting workers from work-related injuries and environmental exposures and hazards.

Manufacturers Held Liable  for Asbestos-Containing Materials Affecting Navy Veterans

Manufacturers Held Liable for Asbestos-Containing Materials Affecting Navy Veterans

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late March that manufacturers are liable for asbestos-containing materials they did not make, distribute or install, however were necessary in order for their equipment to function properly. The maritime-law ruling involved Navy veterans who were not warned about the danger of asbestos insulation added by a third-party to pumps, turbines and blowers aboard three different ships.