Health & Safety Articles

  • Food Safety Educational Intervention Positively Influences College Students’ Food Safety Attitudes, Beliefs, Knowledge, and Self-Reported Practices

    In this study, the authors evaluated college students’ food safety attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and self-reported practices and explored whether these variables were positively influenced by educational intervention. Students (n = 59), were mostly seniors, health or non-health majors, and responsible for meal preparation. Subjects completed a food safety questionnaire (FSQ) prior to ...

  • Potential Pathogens and Effective Disinfectants on Public Telephones at a Large Urban United States University

    Telephones can carry potential bacterial pathogens, posing a risk for transfer of pathogens to users’ hands. This study examined 25 mouthpieces of public telephones at a large urban U.S. university located in an area of rising incidence of community-acquired staphylococcal infections. Coagulase-negative staphylococci were most commonly isolated (64% of mouthpieces). Potential pathogens isolated ...

  • The New Waste Directive - Trying to Do it All.. An Early Assessment

    Abstract: At the heart of ongoing debate over Community waste policy (and thus its regulatory form) is an unclear message about its goals, which include both 'preventing* and 'regulating' waste and, after a new Directive, maintaining high environmental standards for the use of resources generally. This article asks whether the new Directive is likely to resolve the tension that arises in ...


  • Case Note: Human Rights Challenges and Adequacy of State Responses to Natural Disaster

    INTRODUCTION The extent of the relevance for environmental protection purposes of notions of human rights, particularly as conceived under the European Convention,1 and as further elaborated under UK law within the Human Rights Act 1998, remains contested territory. For instance, rights formulations tend to reflect those manifold anthropocentric interests which in their traditional ...


  • Skills XP

    Competency- and certification-management is a time consuming and  complex process. Especially if you are in the so called safety conscious industries where personnel must be certifi ed according to safety- and industry regulations. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a clear overview of certifications and competences in your organization? A system that shows you your organization’s training gap ...


    By Risktec Solutions

  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation: An Inevitable Step Toward Sustainability

    Post-occupancy evaluation (POE) is a platform for the systematic study of buildings once occupied, so that lessons may be learned that will improve their current conditions and guide the design of future buildings. Various aspects of the occupied buildings' functioning and performance can be assessed in a POE, both chemo-physical (indoor environment quality (IEQ), indoor air quality (IAQ) and ...

  • Risk recognition keeps industry safely wrapped up against the cold

    Risktec Solutions Limited is bringing its consultancy expertise to bear in some of the planet's harshest environments. The company has won contracts providing HSE (Health, Safety and the Environment) Cases in two areas of the world ' Sakhalin, off the east coast of Russia, and Kazakstan's sector of the Caspian Sea ' where plummeting winter temperatures spell a potential hazard to both employee ...


    By Risktec Solutions

  • Equipment deficiencies: How well are they being managed? (Part 2 of 2)

    As introduced in part one, a key element of a successful mechanical integrity (MI) program is the equipment deficiency process that ensures deficient equipment conditions are identified in a timely manner and appropriately managed until they are corrected. Part two discusses the common struggles related to managing deficiencies and how involving appropriate levels of management can provide ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Ventilation Research on Australian Residential Construction

    This paper applies established and new testing methods to discover the ventilation performance of various residential building envelope constructions in Australia. Under the definition of 'ventilation performance' we imply the building envelope leakage (or infiltration) of the living space air change rates, the volumetric flow rates and the pathways of air flow between subfloor, living and roof ...

  • Clone Wars? The Challenges of Cloned Food in EU, US and WTO Law

    Keywords: Animal cloning, food products from cloned animals, food safety, SCNT, FDA, EFSA, CVM, risk assessment, novel food, consumer preferences, labelling, substantial equivalence, WTO law, GATT, 'like products', SPS Agreement, TBT Agreement Abstract: Following the recent 'green light' from the FDA in the US and from the EFSA in the EU, cloned ...


  • Single field mobilization completes site investigation and removal actions

    The Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and the Environment (KRCEE) worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last summer to introduce new approaches and technologies to the site cleanup program operating at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) in western Kentucky. A Triad demonstration was conducted at PGDP's Area of Concern (AOC) 492 that integrated several real-time ...

  • Opinion: Reforming Regulatory Sanctions - A Personal Perspective

    The Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 (considered in detail by Carolyn Abbott at Env L Rev 11 (2009) 38) contains provisions that represent the start of a process of fundamental reform in the way we design and think about sanctions for regulatory offences in the United Kingdom. In the field of environmental law, the heavy reliance on the criminal law as essentially the only formal ...


  • In situ bioremediation of pesticides in soil and groundwater

    This article provides a summary of the Adventus Group’s experience with treatment of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in soil and groundwater using DARAMEND® and EHC® bioremediation amendments. The firm has offered DARAMEND for treatment of recalcitrant compounds in soil for more than ten years in both ex situ and in-situ applications. Since OCPs bind strongly to the soil matrix, ...


  • Putting infection control into practice in the workplace

    Healthcare workers are, like patients, subject to illness from a variety of airborne pathogens common to hospital settings. This risk increases during construction and renovation, as these endeavors release dust as well as disease-inducing microbes into the surrounding environment. Since more than one in five workplace illnesses in private industry occur in a hospital setting , hospitals ...

  • Case Study - Curragh Mine

    Challenge Curragh Mine needed to increase its understanding of the dynamics of its on-site water management. Central to achieving this objective was the need to gain a more accurate, and more visual, measurement of water volume. And, in the process, ensure that dam monitoring was conducted at the highest levels of safety. Solution Making use of ...


    By Seveno Pty Ltd

  • Vibratory drums: two-mass vs. brute force drives

    Vibrating drums are designed using two drive designs, direct drive and two-mass. General Kinematics has had decades of experience designing both types of drive configurations, and is the exclusive manufacturer of two-mass vibratory foundry drums under US patent #'s 4,960,162, RE33,542, 5,512,008, and 5,591,074. Experience has shown two-mass vibratory drums out perform direct drive designs in all ...


    By General Kinematics

  • Ammonia Scrubbing Semiconductor Manufacturing 101

    Semiconductor chip manufacturing utilizes a variety of inorganic acids and ammonia solutions. Mixing of acid gases and ammonia in a ventilation system can result in a as phase reaction producing very fine particulate that is ifficult and expensive to remove. For this reason a large emiconductor foundry on the west coast decided topre-treat the exhaust from the ammonia sources prior o mixing with ...

  • Evaluating cartographic design in flood risk mapping

    In order to mitigate flood hazards and to minimize associated losses, technical protection measures have been additionally and increasingly supplemented by non-technical mitigation, i.e. land-use planning activities. This is commonly done by creating maps which indicate such areas by different cartographic symbols, such as colour, size, shape and typography. Hazard and risk mapping is the ...

  • Streamlining compliance

    For a chemical manufacturer seeking to become a global supplier, keeping up with numerous foreign safety regulations and requirements can be quite a challenge. MSDgen®, a compliance tool from Carlsbad, Calif.-based 3E Co., was created to streamline one important aspect of this process, the creation and distribution of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). “The challenge that our clients are faced ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • Legal Lookout: Redefining solid waste

    Some hazardous secondary materials excluded from EPA's revised definition under RCRA. The definition of solid waste has long been the subject of controversy. At the heart of the debate is what constitutes 'discard,' versus legitimate recycle or reuse such that RCRA regulation should not apply. This question has been especially vexing for secondary materials, including spent materials, listed ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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