Hazardous Chemicals Articles

  • NIOSH Draft Research Agenda for Manufacturing Addresses Nanomaterials

    On August 23, 2017, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Federal Register notice requesting comment on its draft National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • What chemicals are used in my sterilizer or high-level disinfectant equipment?

    Do you know the chemicals used in low-temperature sterilizers or high-level disinfectant equipment that you use every day? Here is a quick, high-level guide with some of the most common brands and chemicals used in them. Low-Temperature Sterilizer Brands, Chemicals and Concentrations ...


    By ChemDAQ, Inc.

  • A Health and Safety Career

    From Starting Out to Becoming Chartered Former SHEilds student Gary Webster who became an employee describes a Health and Safety career, from starting out to becoming chartered.  I suppose the foundations of Health and Safety were planted within me when I served in the Army. I was a PTI (Physical Training Instructor) in charge of the daily fitness ...


    By SHEilds Ltd

  • Carcinogens are Cancer Causing Chemicals

    What’s at Stake? A carcinogen is any substance that can cause cancer. They are chronic toxins that cause damage after repeated or long-term exposure. For some people, the workplace can be a source of exposure to some carcinogens, such as asbestos, benzene, or formaldehyde. What’s the Danger? Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet ...


    By SafetySmart

  • OSHA Sustainability Paper Notes Opportunity to Integrate Sustainability and Nanotechnology Research

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released on December 20, 2016, a white paper entitled Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health. The paper highlights the importance of including worker safety and health in the growing movement toward sustainability and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EPA Accepting Nominations for 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

    As previously reported in the BRAG Biobased and Renewable Products Update of October 21, 2016, EPA announced that it has opened nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards (PGCCA). ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • How To Handle Chemical Spills & Cleanups

    FAST-ACT is designed for liquid and vapor chemical releases, but the chemicals it attacks does not need to be limited to what we traditionally think of as a chemical spill. Toxic and noxious chemicals can come from a variety of sources such as waste water, decomposition, household chemicals, and animals. Since FAST-ACT can be applied to liquid spill or vapor release enabling Emergency Responders ...


    By Fast-ACT

  • 12,000 U.S. schools are within a mile of a hazardous chemical facility. What should we do about that?

    In the absence of a federal U.S. policy for schools located near potentially dangerous sites, community activists search for safer solutions. On April 17, 2013, an explosion and fire at the West Fertilizer Company plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people and injured hundreds. It also destroyed more than 150 buildings around the plant. Among these were the West Intermediate School for 4th and ...


    By Ensia

  • Case study - Perstorp Speciality Chemicals AB,Perstorp, Sweden

    Customer: Perstorp Speciality Chemicals AB,Perstorp, Sweden Project: Chemical Waste Incinerator operating WESP Perstorp AB started up their Chemical Waste Incinerator year 2007. The emission standard to meet stated < 5 mg/Nm3. With a standard as low as 5 mg the natural choice ended up in a WESP. Result The plant has operated ...


    By Envibat AB

  • How to Handle Chemical Spills in Laboratories

    Chemical Spill Response Products & Procedures The current political and world climate has forced the Emergency Response Community to take a closer look at the number of potential hazards that they may be called upon to deal with. Of particular concerns are the response to terrorist and/or chemical incidents. Depending on the type of event, responders may be faced with a myriad of ...


    By Fast-ACT

  • 5 Tips for Building Your Company EHS Culture in a Low-Risk Environment

    Environment, health and safety (EHS) programs can do more for your company than simply checking off compliance boxes. EHS can also be an integral part of your company’s culture, demonstrating to employees that their happiness, health and safety is a priority—leading to more productivity and a more proactive approach to minimizing risk. Even in low risk environments, like offices or ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Chill Out: Chemical Descaling of Condensers Maximizes Efficiency

    Chiller units — open loop or closed loop — naturally experience performance degradations over time. As noted by ...

  • Perfectly clean water without the use of chemicals - Case Study

    Showers in indoor swimming pool was legionella-free without dangerous chemicals In the spring of 2012 dangerous legionella bacteria outbreak was found in the shower installation in Osby swimming hall in Sweden. Now the shower installation is completely legionella free, and secure the visitors against future outbreaks, by using a harmless and biodegradable liquid NEUTHOX. Each ...

  • Comments on 2011 Proposed SNURs Prompt Proposal Regarding Hierarchy of Controls

    On July 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes to the existing regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to align these regulations with revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard (HCS), as well as changes to the OSHA ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Pump it up: making single-pit emptying safer in rural Bangladesh

    Safe emptying and disposal of fecal sludge from pit latrines in rural areas has become a priority for the Government of Bangladesh. In this paper, we calculate the volume and characterize the hazards of managing sludge to identify technologies for safely emptying rural single pits. In Bhaluka subdistrict, an estimated 15,000 m3 of sludge is produced annually. Physical, chemical, and microbial ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • ARCO Chemical - Case Study

    Custom Designed Furnace Reclaims $100,000 Condenser PCPC burn-off oven removed 4,240 lbs. of styrene polymer in compliance with local environmental laws. The Problem: ARCO Chemical Company's Beaver Valley plant in Monaca, PA, a manufacturer of styrene-based plastics, was experiencing severe problems and expense with the periodic cleaning of their ...

  • The applicability of chemical alternatives assessment for engineered nanomaterials

    The use of alternatives assessment to substitute hazardous chemicals with inherently safer options is gaining momentum worldwide as a legislative and corporate strategy to minimize consumer, occupational, and environmental risks. Engineered nanomaterials represent an interesting case for alternatives assessment approaches as they can be considered both emerging “chemicals” of concern, as well ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • An open framework for automated chemical hazard assessment based on GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals: A proof of concept

    GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals is a framework for comparative chemical hazard assessment. It is the first transparent, open and publicly accessible framework of its kind, allowing manufacturers and governmental agencies to make informed decisions about the chemicals and substances used in consumer products and buildings. In the GreenScreen benchmarking process, chemical hazards are assessed ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Development of algal interspecies correlation estimation (ICE) models for chemical hazard assessment

    Web‐ICE (Web‐based Interspecies Correlation Estimation) is an application developed to predict the acute toxicity of a chemical from one species to another taxon. ICE models use the acute toxicity value for a surrogate species to predict effect values for other species, thus potentially filling in data gaps for a variety of environmental assessment purposes. Web‐ICE has historically been ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • How should I clean a pH electrode, or revive a damaged electrode?

    Traditional glass pH electrodes are very delicate and need regular care to keep them in good working order. If your electrode has been damaged by exposure to incompatible chemicals such as proteins, heavy metals or sulphides, you may be able to clean and revive it using specialized cleaning solutions… pH electrodes that have a single junction are particularly susceptible to damage, and can ...


    By Camlab Limited

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