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Vol. XI, 1; April 2019

Head Up, Phone Down – Avoid Distracted Walking on the Street and in the Office
Chemicals in the Office and Pest Control
Indoor Air Quality – My Personal Environment
Sit-Stand Workstations: Are They For Me Or Not?

Vol. X, Issue 1; December 2018

Not Enough Electrical Outlets in the Lab?
Under What Conditions Can I Wear a Respirator in the Lab?
Avoiding the Top 10 Causes of Injuries and Disease in the Laboratory
Laboratory Equipment Manuals and User’s Guides = Valuable Safety Tools

Vol. IX, Issue 2; December 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Lab Coats
Why Lab Safety Inspections?
Shock and Awe: Electricity and Fire in the Laboratory
Overview of Safety Trainings Offered at Tufts University

Vol. IX, Issue 1; June 2017

Simplifying Ergonomics: Microbreaks in the Office
Two common health risk factors in the office are glare from computer screens and repetitive motions from common tasks such as filing, filling envelopes, typing etc.  Microbreaks have been used as a solution to both problems.

Office Safety: Slips and Falls
The vast majority of employees and students at Tufts University spend time during the course of their workday in an office or conference room environment. This may be one of the contributing reasons why slips trips and falls in the office area are so prevalent.

Air Quality in the Office
TUFTS INDOOR AIR QUALITY PLAN: Most Tufts employees and students learn and work inside buildings. Tufts has three types of buildings: office and classroom, industrial buildings with laboratories, shops, studios, and production kitchens and mixed use. The Tufts indoor air quality (IAQ) program focuses on office and classroom buildings where there are no industrial processes and there is an expectation that the air is safe, healthful and comfortable.

Things Are Heating Up in the Office
From computers and printers to copier machines and refrigerators, offices are full of different types of electronic equipment. For the everyday office worker, electrical safety is most likely not on the minds of many.  However, offices are not resistant to fires.


Vol. VIII, Issue 3; December 2016

Hearing Loss – Early Onset and How to prevent it!
Historically, hearing loss has been associated with advanced age and occupation. However, over the last few decades, hearing loss is occurring to younger people in low-risk occupations. Workers in industrial settings such as factories, construction, railroad, shipping, or mining almost accepted the noise hazards associated with those jobs.

Can Flooring Be Hazardous to Your Health?
The consumer is faced with a bewildering variety of flooring products. In the 1950s, the choices were natural linoleum, vinyl tile, hardwood, painted floors, area carpets (wool and synthetic) and ceramic tile. In 2015, choices include natural rubber, bamboo, engineered wood, cork, wall to wall carpet, laminate flooring, sheet vinyl, vinyl tile.

Which is better: Bottled Water or Tap Water?
The Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2004) recommends that we each drink 91 Fluid Ounces / 125 Fluid Ounces (Adult Women / Adult Men) of water per day. That equals a little over 11 cups of water per-day for adult women and a little over 15 cups per-day for adult men.

Winter, Road Salt and Low Salt Areas
Winter is starting to set in, and many of us will soon be seeing sand and salt trucks on our roads working to improve our driving conditions, and reduce the risks of accidents. Beginning back in 1941, the State of New Hampshire began treating its highways with salt. Since then, the number has grown to 26 states, in which crews will apply approximately 22 million tons of road salt annually.

Mold in the home and workplace: How serious is the problem?
Fungi are living organisms. They used to be grouped together with plants but they are distantly related. They are perhaps more closely related to animals than to plants.

Disinfectants: Bad for Microbes, Bad for You
From time to time in the news media we see reports of health alerts regarding the flu, common colds and the ever present Norovirus outbreaks that will want you to run to the nearest market looking for a disinfectant to kill these “bugs”. There are some disinfectant manufactures that make the contemptible claim that their product will “kill ALL germs and viruses” to protect your family.


Upcoming Issues

Vol. X, Issue 1; February 2018

Previous Issues

Newsletter Issue 1 Newsletter Issue 2 Newsletter Issue 3 Newsletter Issue 4
Vol. I, Issue 1;
October 2009
Vol. II, Issue 1;
March 2010
Vol. II, Issue 2;
October 2010
Vol. III, Issue 1;
March 2011
Vol. III, Issue 2;
October 2011
Vol. IV, Issue 1;
March 2012
Vol. IV, Issue 2;
October 2012
Vol. V, Issue 1;
March 2013
Vol. V, Issue 2;
October 2013
Vol. VI, Issue 1;
March 2014
Vol. VI, Issue 2;
October 2014
Vol. VII, Issue 1;
March 2015
Vol. VII, Issue 2;
July 2015
Vol. VII, Issue 3; December 2015
Vol. VIII, Issue 1;
March 2016
Vol. VIII, Issue 2;
October 2016
Vol. VIII, Issue 3;
December 2016
Vol. IX, Issue 1;
June 2017
Vol. IX, Issue 2;
December 2017
Vol. X, Issue 1;
February 2018
Vol. X, Issue 2;
April 2018
Vol. X, Issue 3;
July 2018
Vol. X, Issue 4;
October 2018

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