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  • Pt. 2 - IN the MIX - Construction Safety and Gas Detection

    This is part 2 of our 4 part series on Gas detection in the Construction Industry. With so many OSHA regulations, where do we begin to search for help with gas detection or respiratory protection within confined spaces? To start, OSHA has a web tool called the OSHA Construction “eTool”. ...


  • Overview of Major Changes in EPA Draft Guidance for Vapor Intrusion

    The following provides a brief summary of the Draft Guidance for Evaluating the Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air Pathway From Groundwater and Soils (Subsurface Vapor Intrusion Guidance). November 2002, EPA530-F-02-052. Major Points: This draft guidance supersedes the draft RCRA EI Supplemental Guidance for Evaluating the Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air Pathway (Dec. 2001). It does not supersede ...

  • Beyond the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard

    Are you considering the full range of applicable OSHA Standards for your healthcare facility? Healthcare facilities are a highly regulated industry and many hospitals and ambulatory care settings work hard to reach and maintain appropriate accreditation goals. Much focus is placed on patient safety and the myriad of other quality measures healthcare facilities are required to meet. ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • doseBadge proves no problem for Patterson Pumps - Case study

    A chance introduction to Cirrus Research at a US Health & Safety Conference proved to be very fortunate timing for Greg Dobson. Greg is the Environmental and Safety Manager for the Patterson Pump Company, one of the world’s leading suppliers of quality pumps for sectors including: flood control, industrial, fire, municipal and HVAC. He explains in his own words: “While attending ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • How to Achieve Good Indoor Air Quality in Operating Rooms

    There are two primary objectives in achieving acceptable air quality in the operating room: (1) control of anesthetic gases for the benefit of operating room staff, and (2) infection control for the benefit of the patient. Control of Anesthetic Gases Supply and scavenging systems, as well as general ventilation in the OR, must be functioning optimally for the surgical ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

  • The Standard For Total Biomass Measurement in Metalworking Fluids

    Metalworking fluids provide a warm and nutrient-rich environment for growth of bacteria and fungus.  Once microbial growth is established it can contribute to the breakdown of the metal working fluid emulsion and consequently its ability to lubricate metallic surfaces.  Microbes also lower the fluid's pH, leading to corrosion of tool parts and staining of wetted metal surfaces.  ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • December 2005 - Regulatory Update

    The Onyx Environmental Services - Environmental, Health, Safety, and Transportation department is pleased to present the Monthly Regulatory Update. The update contains a brief summary of the proposed and final rules from EPA, OSHA, and DOT published in the Federal Register in the past calendar month. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the Monthly Regulatory Updates, ...

  • April 2005 - Regulatory Update

    The Onyx Environmental Services - Environmental, Health, Safety, and Transportation department is pleased to present the Monthly Regulatory Update. The update contains a brief summary of the proposed and final rules from EPA, OSHA, and DOT published in the Federal Register in the past calendar month. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the Monthly Regulatory Updates, ...

  • Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care & Social Service Workers

    Workplace violence affects health care and social service workers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines workplace violence as “violent acts (including physical assaults and threats of assaults) directed toward persons at work or on duty.”4 This includes terrorism as illustrated by the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 that resulted in the deaths of 2,886 ...

  • Medical Industry: Compliance Problems Solved by Ethylene Oxide Scrubber at Specialty Gas Plant Case Study

    The ethylene glycol produced in the ethylene oxide scrubbing operation acts as an antifreeze to allow year-round operation. Problem: A specialty gas producer was confronted with an EPA compliance problem in dealing with ethylene oxide (EtO). The chemical had been added to the toxicity lists of the U.S. EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ...


    By CR Clean Air Group, LLC

  • Formaldehyde problems for FEMA and many others

    There has been concern about the release of formaldehyde gas from construction material used in the trailer homes used by FEMA for temporary housing.  Why the concern over formaldehyde?  Formaldehyde is a gas at normal temperatures.  It is the simplest member of a class of organic chemicals called “aldehydes.”  Most common aldehydes, including formaldehyde, have a ...

  • Chemical Industry: Compliance problems solved by Ethylene Oxide Scrubber at Specialty Gas Plant Chemical Industry The ethylene glycol produced in the ethylene oxide scrubbing operation acts as an antifreeze to allow year-round operation

    Problem: A specialty gas producer was confronted with an EPA compliance problem in dealing with ethylene oxide (EtO). The chemical had been added to the toxicity lists of the U.S. EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Effective August 21, 1984, the OSHA standard for EtO limited exposure to a 1 ppm, eight-hour time weighted average. Ethylene ...


    By CR Clean Air Group, LLC

  • GHS Implementation – A Quick Guide for International Suppliers

    Slowly but surely, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is becoming “the way things are done” for hazard communication around the world. Many countries have already implemented internal versions of the GHS. Others, such as the United States and Canada, are on the verge of introducing their own. How does one keep track of who’s doing what? Here’s a list of some of the most ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • The case for water jet tank cleaning

    To maintain a consistently high level of product quality, today's processing plants must ensure that their tanks and reactors are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. The direct expenses involved can be substantial, and adding indirect costs {e.g., downtime and compliance with safety and environmental regulations) puts extreme pressure on tight operations budgets. To meet this challenge, more ...


    By NLB Corp.

  • Noise Measurement

    Definitions Threshold and criterion levels The threshold level is the A-weighted sound level at which a personal noise dosimeter begins to integrate noise into a measured exposure. For example, if the threshold level on a sound level meter is set at 80 decibels (dB), it will capture and integrate into the computation of dose all noise in the employee's hearing zone that equals or exceeds 80 dB. ...


  • Problem Solved: Environmental Exposures Revealed & Resolved by using the One-Stop Environmental Resource Tool

    One-Stop Environmental Resource Tool for: Wastewater Contract Consulting & Management, Wastewater Cost Analysis – Business Analysis and Reduction Guarantee, Wastewater Treatment Improvement – Inspect and Sample, Wastewater Recommendations – ...

  • Beat the Heat: Occupational Exposure to Heat and Hot Environments

    With summer underway, now is the perfect time for organizations to examine their policies and procedures regarding employee heat exposure, especially in light of the recently published document from NIOSH titled, “Occupational Exposure to Heat and Hot Environments”, Publication Number 2016-106. What is the ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • America West Airlines On Board with 3E Compliance Management Services

    Background In a time when most airlines are struggling with the sluggish economy and decreased passenger demand, America West has seen steady growth. With operational hubs in Phoenix and Las Vegas, the airline has expanded its route system to 93 destinations, including four in Canada and 12 in Mexico, and has become the second largest low-fare carrier in the U.S. America ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • Working in confined spaces: did you cover your risks?

    Most industrial facilities have confined spaces. They often get overlooked because access to them is rare. Not surprisingly, many facility managers believe there is no particular reason for concern.  The awakening could be a rude one, as several managers have faced criminal prosecution and substantial fines as a result of fatal accidents. The issue of work in confined spaces is a historical ...

  • Controlling Exposure to Noise at Work with Personal Noise Dosimeters

    Which method is best to monitor noise: sound level meter or noise dosimeter? Controlling exposure to noise at work with noise dosimeters Our work environment has been transformed since the 1970’s with the introduction of new machinery and technical equipment designed to improve and increase general productivity. This has revolutionalised the way we operate ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

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