The Embry-Riddle Student Section of the Central Florida Chapter has been holding monthly laboratory sessions. These sessions allow students to engage in fun and interactive activities while learning practical skills for an OSH professional. The topic of the November meeting was “Forklift Physics.” Students learned about the various hazards of forklift operation by driving a remote-controlled forklift through a course. The session covered center of gravity, center of balance, the stability triangle, and the concept of momentum. Case studies of forklift accidents were also covered to relate these concepts to the real world. Student Section President Alex Hall reports “The meeting was a BLAST! Students really enjoyed the hands-on learning aspect and were fully engaged in this experiential learning on forklift safety.”
Chapter Member Ed Sowers recently passed the Certified Safety Professional exam. Ed is a Risk Management Specialist with Amerisure Insurance. Please join us in congratulating Ed on his recent accomplishment!
U.S. Department of Labor Approves New Respirator Fit Testing Protocols to Protect Workers from Airborne Contaminants
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a final rule that provides employers with two new fit testing protocols for ensuring that employees’ respirators fit properly.
The new protocols are the modified ambient aerosol condensation nuclei counter (CNC) quantitative fit testing protocol for full-facepiece and half-mask elastomeric respirators, and the modified ambient aerosol CNC quantitative fit testing protocol for filtering facepiece respirators. Both protocols are variations of the original OSHA-approved ambient aerosol CNC protocol, but have fewer test exercises, shorter exercise duration, and a more streamlined sampling sequence.