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New OSHA standards issued for beryllium exposure, effective March 21

New OSHA standards issued for beryllium exposure, effective March 21

| February 21, 2017

Beryllium is a light metal classified by the U.S. Department of Defense as a strategic and critical material. Its high melting point, reflectivity, and transparency to X-rays makes beryllium an important material that is commonly used in the aerospace, telecommunications, information technology, defense, medical, and nuclear industries. Because of its importance to vital industries, OSHA […]


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Workplace injuries and fatalities

Workplace injuries and fatalities

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every day, dozens of workers in the United States face a risk of getting injured in the workplace due to various factors such as dangerous objects, electrocution, slippery floors, etc. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a total of 4,836 workers died from a work-related injury in 2015, which is the highest annual figure […]


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California’s Assembly Bill 1732 Transitions Single-User Restrooms To All-Gender Restrooms

California’s Assembly Bill 1732 Transitions Single-User Restrooms To All-Gender Restrooms

| January 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

California has become the first state in the nation to adopt a new law that will require all single occupancy restrooms in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or state or local government agency to be accessible to all genders. Starting on March 1, 2017, all establishments must have updated signage to reflect the […]


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Asbestos: a brief history

Asbestos: a brief history

| January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral with incredibly useful properties that have been known since the Roman Empire.  Charlemagne had an asbestos tablecloth; King Chosroes II of Persia had an asbestos napkin; and in the 19th and 20th centuries industrial-scale asbestos was used for everything from brake pads to lawn furniture to cement. Asbestos has lots […]


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How highways got their signs

How highways got their signs

| January 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

We recently got an interesting inquiry from a customer asking, just how did street signs get that way?  Why are they shaped like they are? Well, it’s actually an interesting question!   At first, signage on streets and highways wasn’t standardized at all.  In the early 20th century, most long-distance travel was by rail or […]


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L.A.’s bike highway that never was

L.A.’s bike highway that never was

| December 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Los Angeles is the car capital of America. Its landmarks are its roads: Sunset Boulevard, the Pacific Coast Highway, Rodeo Drive. And entire comedy sketches have been made about Angelenos’ love affair with the automobile.  But it wasn’t always this way.  In 1900, Los Angeles had the first elevated “cycleway” in the world. At the […]


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