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Welding Fumes Are Now A Group 1 Carcinogen

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently classified welding fumes as a Group 1 carcinogen. This is an increased rating from the last time welding fumes were evaluated in 1989. There are more than 11 million welders worldwide and more than 110...

Utilizing Standard Interpretations for Tricky Situations

You’ve likely been in a situation when you’re looking for more guidance from OSHA related to a unique workplace situation. Maybe you’re diluting a solution and need to know if a separate safety data sheet is now necessary or if the original suffices? Or perhaps you’re...

Alert about Counterfeit Respirators – Buyer Beware

Personal protective equipment is a hot commodity and counterfeiters are aware and trying to take advantage of the market. In the last week, we’ve heard several stories from clients who’ve fallen victim to purchasing what they thought where NIOSH-approved N95s or...

Tips for Safely Using Powder Actuated Tools

What are powder actuated tools?  Powder actuated tools (PATs) are fastening devices used to connect material to hard surfaces such as steel, masonry and concrete.  PATs have three key components:   The fastener which is manufactured with special steel and heat treated...