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articles by: Andrew Peterson

Good Ergonomics, Good Sense

Injuries stemming from computer use were a big surprise to me when I entered the health and safety field. I expected to encounter toxic chemical exposures, falls, cuts, eye injuries, amputations and …

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Have a Safe Grandparent’s Day

Sept. 7 is Grandparent's Day.  Edna Parker, at 115 years, is the world's oldest living person and a great-great-grandparent.  She lived in her home until she was 100 years old and ultimately moved int…

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Are You Ready.gov?

I was a little shocked but pleasantly surprised when I saw the recent commercials urging people to prepare for emergencies. The commercials end by encouraging people to log onto Ready.gov to learn mo…

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Mold is a Call to Action

One day in college I noticed mold growing on my bedroom wall.  My allergies at the time were horrible, and it was tough to sleep through the night without a heavy dose of antihistamines.  My roommates…

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Back to School Backpack Safety

It's that time of year again.  Students are stocking up on pens, pencils, binders, paper, books and other school supplies.  With so much stuff, the weight adds up quickly.  Many children will be luggi…

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Outlet Rage

I'm angry, and I want to coin a new phrase to capture the essence of my rage like "road rage" or "air rage." Maybe I should call my anger "who in their right mind designed this room with only one ele…

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Fire Extinguishers an Important Part of a Safe Home

I recoiled at the heat of the fire. The flames roared 5 feet in the air. I didn't have much time to think. I grabbed the fire extinguisher and cautiously approached the fire. "Remember your training,"…

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Protect Your Pets from Poisons

My wife and I had a scary experience happen to us two weeks ago. It highlights the importance of considering all loved ones when creating a safe home--including ones with four legs. My wife and I h…

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Healthier Alternatives to DEET

I traveled to Bloomington, Minn., a few weeks ago. My mom kept warning me about the mosquitoes. "Don't forget bug spray," she warned. "You're going to the land of 10,000 lakes." Given her warnings,…

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Buyer Beware of Organic Labels

A few years ago I was in Shanghai, and I bought my wife a "Louis Vuitton" purse from a street vendor for an incredibly low price. She loved it, and it disintegrated after about three uses. She and I w…

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about Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 10 years of experience working in the environmental and occupational health field. In addition to writing, he is currently the Environment, Health and Safety Manager for a medium-sized company that has been voted one of Fortune Magazine’s Best Places to Work For and one of CRO Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens. He lives in California with his wife and adopted pound puppy.

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