Upcoming Efforts to Help Protect Workers from Heat-Related Hazards

Posted on April 20, 2022

A month into Spring, many parts of the United States are already heating up, and consequently, OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention Campaign is ramping up.  Following the Biden Administration’s directive last Fall to mobilize against heat hazards, the US government has heightened its focus on heat illness. Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making In October, OSHA … Read More

Respirator Day on Capitol Hill

Posted on April 14, 2022

ISEA Members Meet Legislators to Discuss Funding for NIOSH Members of the ISEA Respiratory Protection Product Group met this week at the new ISEA office in Arlington, VA, to discuss pressing issues regarding respiratory protection. Representatives from 3M, Gentex, Kimberley Clark, Honeywell, MSA, Moldex, Scott Safety, and SureWerx were in attendance to review topics such … Read More

ISEA Advises OSHA to Publish Standard on Heat Stress, Consider Cooling PPE

Posted on February 28, 2022

Over the last month, OSHA has been reviewing comments about its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings. OSHA reviews these public comments to help determine if and how it should proceed with rulemaking for a heat-specific workplace standard. A standard specific to heat-related … Read More

Free N95s for Americans – When and Where to Get Them

Posted on January 26, 2022

The Biden Administration has begun distribution of 400 million NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, to make available free for all US residents. Where Are The N95s Coming From? The N95s will be coming from the United States Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), which is the federal government’s reserve for crucial medicines and supplies for use during a public health emergency. … Read More

OSHA Extends Comment Period for Heat Stress Rulemaking

Posted on December 3, 2021

OSHA has extended its comment period by 30 days for those interested in the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings. Comments are now due January 26, 2022, allowing stakeholders, including ISEA and its members, additional time to review and collect information and data … Read More

A New Federal Focus on Heat Stress

Posted on September 22, 2021

“Rising temperatures pose an imminent threat to millions of American workers exposed to the elements.” – President Joe Biden Amid the growing concerns of the increase in climate-related disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, and floods, extreme heat is finding a new place on this list. This week President Biden launched a coordinated, interagency effort to respond … Read More

American Pandemic Preparedness: A White House Plan

Posted on September 13, 2021

On September 3, the Biden Administration released a plan for “transforming U.S. capabilities to prepare for and respond rapidly and effectively to future pandemics and other high consequence biological threats.” This plan is an element of the larger strategy to bolster and resource pandemic readiness and biodefense, as directed by President Biden in January. “For … Read More

7 Tips to Avoid Respirator Scams

Posted on September 9, 2021

Hundreds of thousands of fake respirators have been seized since the onset of the global pandemic,  opening the eyes of media, government and health, and safety pros. With hospitals (nearly) falling victim to these scams, how can safety pros avoid them? 1.  Consider the full range of approved solutions, including reusable respirators. The tight supply … Read More

Healthcare Workers Need Increased Access to PAPRs

Posted on September 8, 2021

We – as an industry, and as a nation – owed it to our healthcare workers to do something different, to improve their working conditions and their respiratory protection… Stephen Bird Director of Marketing Bullard   The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was diagnosed in January 2020. Now, nearly two years later, … Read More