Exposure Assessment Awareness Part I

Welcome back to another episode of the Global Science of Safety podcast.  In this episode co-hosts Mark Reggers and Laurie Wells, along with guest Katie Hacker discuss exposure assessment as a component of workplace hazard awareness. Having a systematic method to characterize workplace exposures to chemical, physical and biological agents is fundamental to occupational health and safety programs. This is part one of a two-part series on exposure assessment awareness. Tune in to learn more about this important aspect of workplace health and safety. Katie Hacker is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (CIH) and Global Application Engineering Manager in 3M’s Personal Safety Division.

The Science of Safety Podcast is presented by the 3M Personal Safety Division.  This is a podcast that is curious about the science and systems behind workplace health and safety with a focus on personal protective equipment (or PPE) used to help keep workers healthy and safe.

Recognizing Workplace Hazards

Building on the concept of anticipating workplace hazards, co-hosts Mark Reggers and Laurie Wells welcome back 3M’s Lucre Pfefferman to discuss hazard recognition.

Fall Protection Safety Tip: Are You Prepared in the Case of a Fallen Worker?

Equipping harnesses with suspension trauma safety straps is an easy and effective way to help delay and possibly help prevent the onset of negative symptoms brought on by orthostatic intolerance resulting from a fall from height while in a full-body harness.

Fall Protection Safety Tip: What Do the ANSI/ASSP Z359.11-2021 Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses Changes Mean for You?

Read up on what the ANSI/ASSP Z359.11-2021 Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses changes mean for you.

Global Science of Safety Podcast: Science of Fit – Respirator Protection

Learn more about the importance of fit for tight fitting respirators.

Fall Protection Safety Tip: Inspection and Product Life for Fall Protection Products

Learn about some useful recommendations when it comes to fall protection inspection of equipment and gear.

Global Science of Safety Podcast: Fall Protection Fundamentals – DEFs

Continue the discussion on the ABCs of fall protection in the second part of this series, but this time with a focus on the DEFs (descent and rescue, education, and fall protection for tools).

Fall Protection Safety Tip: How do Impact Indicators Work on Fall Protection Harnesses?

Find out why it is important to use the impact indicators properly on your fall protection harnesses.

Global Science of Safety Podcast: Fall Protection Fundamentals – ABCs

Learn more about how the hierarchy of controls is used in assessing the hazards and risks of situations that involve heights, and the ABCs (anchorage, body support, connectors) of fall protection.

Fall Protection Safety Tip: Can I Mark or Label My Certified Fall Arrest Product?

Marking and identifying various fall protection products made of webbing (i.e., belts, harnesses, lanyards, anchorage straps, etc.) is appropriate as long as acceptable materials or processes are used.