hazard investigation Articles

  • Investigation of the household hazardous waste stream in a Hellenic municipality

    Hazardous waste (HW) in small quantities generated by households is often dumped into the mixed household waste. A variety of chemicals was recorded during a field research presented in the present paper. Aspects analysed in this work contribute to the categorisation of household hazardous waste (HHW) and quantification of them since lack of generation and composition data was noted in Greece. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • NTSB Investigates

    An independent U.S. government agency uses everything at its disposal, including ASTM standards, to determine the causes of transportation and pipeline accidents. An airplane battery catches on fire. A gas pipeline explodes. A bridge collapses. When incidents like ...


    By ASTM International

  • Analysis of PeCOD Technology and Comparison to Dichromate Method

    Abstract The main objective of this report was to determine if a correlation exists between peCOD technology and the dichromate method of estimating Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD). Additional investigations described in this report were: to identify whether particle size in water samples affects the estimate of COD obtained by peCOD analysis and, to identify whether peCOD analysis is ...


    By MANTECH INC.

  • What To Do When OSHA Arrives - Part 1

    Continuing Our Guide for New Plant Safety Managers You have been the new plant safety manager for a little over two months. During this timeframe you have had the opportunity to review the limited number of safety procedures left in your office by your predecessor and you are beginning to ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Washington Watch -- The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board: Thinking Strategically in Investigating (and Preventing) Chemical Accidents

    (From the Winter 2006 issue of Environmental Quality Management) Chemical accidents are always unwanted, and almost always the subject of considerable media attention and public scrutiny. Investigating the causes of chemical accidents is not an easy task, nor is the job of communicating the results of such investigations. Given the significant importance of the mission and day-to-day work of the ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Assessment of geo-hazard potential and site investigations using Resistivity Imaging

    The use of geophysical methods for evaluating subsurface contamination of sites is becoming increasingly popular all over the world. The paper presents the assessment of geo-hazard potential of a site in the City of Duncanville, Texas using Resistivity Imaging (RI). Resistivity Imaging was being used to identify areas of environmental concern and to develop a detailed image of subsurface ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Forensic engineering investigations of disasters: going 'beyond the widget'

    Forensic engineering is the use of engineering knowledge and techniques to create evidence for the legal system. Both litigation and regulatory systems use engineering evidence in making legal decisions. Forensic engineering plays a key role in investigating disaster scenarios. But commentators have described the investigatory focus on trivial proximate causes as the 'Widget' approach, where the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Superfund Investigates Land Pollution from the Past…and Present

    On September 7, 2016, we took steps to respond to states, tribes and citizens who asked for our help addressing contaminated sites. In response, we are adding 10 hazardous waste sites to the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is our list of more than 1,300 of the most contaminated sites in the country that we are addressing under the Superfund program. Superfund is one of the most important ...

  • Green remediation best management practices: site investigation

    Overview The need for site investigation is common to cleanups under any regulatory program. An investigation can occur at all points in the cleanup process, from initial site assessment through waste site closeout. A site investigation generally is undertaken to: Confirm the presence or absence of specific contaminants Delineate the nature and extent of environmental contamination ...

  • Safety and hazards in CCS projects

    Carbon capture and storage is now on the technological tipping point – it has reached critical mass with one large-scale, fully integrated power project now almost operational at the SaskPower Boundary Dam project in Canada, using enhanced oil recovery. In the UK, following the announcements of progress at two projects, Peterhead and White Rose, the government’s competition process ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Management of Hazardous Wastes

    ' Management of hazardous waste is a growing concern in many countries. The long-term impacts and costs of improper disposal can be very high and the emphasis must be on prevention. A comprehensive management system should include (i) policies, institutions and effective regulations and (ii) adequate and acceptable disposal facilities (either public or private). This note outlines the key ...


    By The World Bank

  • Asbestos Awareness: Preventing a Hazardous Workplace

    Many on-the-job hazards are obvious... leaking machinery... dangerous chemicals... slippery floors. However, other hazards aren't so obvious. There may be no visible signals that they are present at all. That's why Asbestos is often known as 'the silent killer.' While you often can't see, taste or smell it..., prolonged periods of exposure to Asbestos can cause lung disease, cancer... even death. ...


  • Superfund Compliance Review - Document/site review and investigation - Case Study

    Midwestern US The Summary We provided expertise in determining if previously closed waste management units and ongoing remediation efforts at an oil facility were and are being conducted in a manner consistent with applicable provisions of the federal Superfund program and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). ...


    By AlterEcho

  • X-Ray Radiographic Investigation of Perchloroethylene Migration at the Livingston Derailment Site

    X-ray radiography of soil cores was used as the primary test method to determine the reasons for the permeation of perchloroethylene into apparently impermeable clay layers at a hazardous chemical spill site. X-ray powder diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, and chemical analysis were also performed to characterize the materials and structures observed in the soil cores through X ...


    By ASTM International

  • Reducing the risk of dust explosion hazards

    In the wake of recent tragic and highly publicized dust explosions, companies are asking, 'Could that happen here?' and 'What can I do to prevent such an incident at my facility?' One approach is to manage dust explosion hazards as though they were subject to OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements (29 CFR 1910.119), even though dust hazards often are not covered under this ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Nuclear waste management using alpha particle physical phenomena by nanoscale investigations

    Nuclear waste is investigated from the aspect of its nanoscale behaviour. Four materials are selected as the nuclear waste container. Using the irradiation-induced amorphisation, some characteristics are examined. The Displacement Per Atom (dpa) is affected by the ion dose using the Stopping and Range of Ions in Matter 2008 (SRIM 2008) code system, which is a computer package of molecular dynamic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Minimisation of Hazardous Waste: Bayer Formulation Plant

     Background Bayer Australia Limited formulates agricultural and veterinary products for the Australian and New Zealand markets at their Wyong Formulation Plant in NSW. Due to the nature of the materials the company has adopted a vigorous approach towards monitoring the quality and minimising the quantity of the waste it generates. In January 1992 the company launched a waste ...


  • 'Zero' loss of life during natural hazards

    It is emphasised that minimisation of earthquake risk is certainly a necessity in order to reduce poverty and homelessness in urban areas. A two phase investigation scheme is outlined to determine which buildings are susceptible to collapse. In the first phase, teams inspect any and all buildings, public or private, whether be a school, hospital or residential and collect 'photographic' data by ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Glutaraldehyde – Health Hazards in Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

    Glutaraldehyde is very similar to Formaldehyde in its structure and uses in the healthcare industry. Chemically, Glutaraldehyde exists at room temperature as a liquid, whereas Formaldehyde exists under those conditions as a gas, which can easily be dissolved in water. Glutaraldehyde is very similar to formaldehyde in its structure and uses in the healthcare industry. Chemically, ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

  • Proactively designing nanomaterials to enhance performance and minimise hazard

    The innovative field of nanotechnology is most likely to benefit society and gain acceptance if environmental and human health considerations are investigated systematically, and those results are used to optimise safety as well as performance. Since nanotechnology fundamentally allows manipulation of matter at the atomic level, toxic interactions could potentially be eliminated by creative ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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