worker protection Articles

  • Protecting Workers From Asbestos

    However, repair, renovation, and demolition operations often generate airborne asbestos, a mineral fiber that can cause chronic lung disease or cancer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed regulations designed to protect cleanup workers from asbestos hazards. OSHA’s Standards for Asbestos The work of flood cleanup personnel involves the repair, renovation, ...

  • EPA Announces Revisions to Its Worker Protection Standard

    On September 28, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced revisions to its worker protection standard. EPA states that these revisions are intended to “enhance the protections provided to agricultural workers, pesticide handlers, and other ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • What is the difference between a REL and a PEL?

    There is often confusion between exposure limits put out by different agencies even within the same administration. For example, here the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) establishes Recommended Exposure Limits (RELs) whereas the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs). Realizing the difference between the two is ...


    By ChemDAQ, Inc.

  • LED Applications for Oil and Gas Refining and Processing

    Oil and gas processing facilities are unsafe due to the existence of hazardous compounds during operations. When addressing such issues, companies in the sector may deploy explosion proof lighting systems to prevent the ignition of sparks created from the electrical equipment. The adoption of LED technology in oil and gas refineries has helped reinforce key safety measures associated with ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Analyzer underpins growth of container inspection company

    After a career as a customs officer in the Netherlands, Wim van Tienen was well aware of the toxic gas hazards presented by some freight containers, so in 2009 he started a company, Van Tienen Milieuadvies B.V., offering gas analysis and safety advice. The company grew quickly and now employs 23 staff. Wim attributes a large part of this success to the advanced FTIR gas detection and analysis ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • Strategic management of water resources important to Ontario craft breweries

    The vast majority of craft breweries in Ontario understand the need to improve their water and resource management performance to save money, protect the environment and enhance community relations. This was a major finding of a survey of Ontario craft breweries conducted in the fall of 2016 that found 97 per cent of respondents agree that better water management is important or very important to ...


    By BLOOM

  • New Measures to Protect Workers from Heat Stress in China

    Work system to control heat exposure It is stipulated in the Measures that working time under high temperature shall be controlled by employers, unless exceptional cases of damaging life & property security and public interest exist. When the temperature reaches 40°C, outdoor work shall cease. When it stands at 37°C to 40°C, outdoor work shall not exceed more than ...


    By SGS

  • A toxicological approach to hazard assessment of carbon nanotubes: implications for workers' health protection

    Since Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) have been only recently introduced into the market, clinical and epidemiological evidence for establishing whether these can affect the cardiovascular system or can exacerbate certain pre-existing medical conditions is lacking. In vitro tests assessing the Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) may help to identify the hazardous properties, whereas in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Safeguarding workers abroad

    Despite huge advances in information and communications technology, UK residents made more than nine million journeys abroad for work last year- up 12% since 2004.A generation ago, a whiff of glamour surrounded the planes and trains used by the business traveller. But today, corporate travel has less cachet and people recognise it can be an unhealthy, and sometimes downright dangerous, business. ...


    By LexisNexis

  • Assessment of the effectiveness of an operational and regulatory system. (Radiation protection. Recommendations, 2005, of the World Council of Nuclear Workers)

    Upon choosing a nuclear option and during the implementation or operation of the project, frequently two main questions are asked relevant to the effectiveness of both the project management and the operating organisation and the regulatory authority or system that is responsible for performing the regulatory functions necessary to assure the safety and security of the whole project and the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Worksafe BC says health authorities are not doing enough to protect health care workers against violence.

    Workplace violence is a serious safety concern, especially among health care workers who suffer the highest rate of assaults of any industry. Under employment laws employers have an important obligation to protect or address workplace violence. However, statistics from WorkSafeBC show 3722 health care workers were injured by violence at work between 2005 and 2012. Every year about two million ...


    By SafetySmart

  • The thermal work limit is a simple reliable heat index for the protection of workers in thermally stressful environments

    Background: Workers in many industries are exposed to thermally stressful work environments. Protection of the health of workers without unnecessarily compromising productivity requires the adoption of a heat index that is both reliable and easy to use. Objectives: To evaluate the Thermal Work Limit (TWL), in a controlled environment and under field conditions, against these criteria. ...


    By Scarlet Tech Ltd.

  • Gold mine cover structure improves environmental protection while increasing worker safety case study

    Located in northern Ontario, near the Town of Cochrane, Detour Lake has more than 15 million ounces of gold in reserves and an expected annual production of over 650,000 ounces. Detour Gold Corporation, a Canadian gold exploration and development company, is the developer. Detour Lake is on track to becoming Canada’s largest operating gold mine. Constructing a cover structure for their ...


    By CST Industries Inc

  • Air Pollution Is Making Office Workers Less Productive

    Businesses invest a great deal of time and money in interventions that claim to increase workers’ productivity through on-the-job training, new protocols, advice from consultants, and so on. Recent research suggests that there’s a surprising input into productivity that no one ever thinks about: clean air. We all know that air pollution is bad for our health, and researchers ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • Acute Antimicrobial Pesticide Related Illnesses Among Workers

    As we ramp up in providing health care facilities with superior antimicrobial protection by releasing the sale of DynaCidal impregnated swipes, know as Dyna-Swipe, it is important to recognize that all antimicrobial pesticides should never be taken ...


    By Dynamic Adsorbents Inc.

  • 10 Questions young and new workers need answered

    What’s at Stake Workers between the ages of 15 and 24 are the largest percentage of the part-time, temporary, contract, casual and seasonal workforce. They’re a tremendous asset to many organizations, tackling jobs with energy and enthusiasm. Unfortunately, though, these workers also face unique and substantial risks for work-related illnesses and injuries. In 2008, more than ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Making MSDSs Universally Understandable - With the right system, the HazCom Standard that was designed to protect our workers may finally succeed in doing so.

    Untitled Document With an estimated 650,000 hazardous chemicals in the workplace, tens of thousands of chemical manufacturers creating material safety data sheets, and a vague OSHA standard ...


    By Actio Corporation

  • Managing Temporary Worker Safety in the Construction Industry

    In recent months OSHA and NIOSH have begun cracking down on organizations for their historically lax treatment of temporary workers in regard to safety. The reasoning for this increased attention, along with subsequent stiff fines is twofold. According to Dave Michaels, OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor, there are 23% more temporary workers in the job market than there were before the ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Noise in the printing industry: Safeguarding the hearing of workers

    Why failing to monitor noise levels could open your company to lawsuits Noise at work might be synonymous with construction and manufacturing industries but it can also be a significant problem in the printing trade. Failing to monitor and control noise levels in the printing industry can result in workers suffering from ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

  • Nanomaterials and Protecting Health Risk

    The tremendous growth prospects for the development and use of ultra strong, lightweight nanomaterials is both commercially promising and challenging from a regulatory perspective. Federal health agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), are charged with protecting the safety of the American public and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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