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It’s wintertime, and particularly in the north, we close the windows and doors, creating a microenvironment to warm up and stay comfortable.  Some people heat with electricity, which runs the risk of further drying the already dry winter air. However, most places stay warm by burning products.  Most of the time, these items are hydrocarbons such as petroleum-derived products like coal, oil, or gas, or in the form of renewable fuels such as wood. 

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I imagine you’ve given your fair share of workplace hand-safety talks throughout your career, whether informal talks or as part of your official workplace safety and health program, presented in a formal safety meeting. Have you ever watched your audience to see how—or even if—they’re actually receiving the information you’re sharing? Do you sometimes feel that the hand-safety information you provide goes right in one ear and out the other? Do your hand-safety statistics prove this, with accidents, injuries, and close call/near miss incidents peppering safety reports, despite your best efforts?

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