Hazardous Chemicals News

  • Solvents and Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure Risks

    Several years ago, a study published in Neurology by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues focused new attention on occupational exposures to solvents. The study examined data from over 2,100 retired male utility workers from the French national utility company and assessed their lifetime exposures to fumes from a broad range of solvents.  Researchers ...

  • Protecting Workers and the Public from Solvent Exposure Hazards

    Millions of workers in the United States are exposed to solvents on a daily basis according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The agency also reports solvents share many chemical, physical and biological properties that warrant national attention be directed to them as a group.  Solvents, as described by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Protecting Workers and Residents of New York from Exposure Hazards to Solvents

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that millions of workers in the United States are exposed to solvents on a daily basis. The agency goes on to state that solvents share many chemical, physical, and biological properties that warrant national attention be directed to them as a group. Solvents, as described by the National Institute for ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Methylene Chloride

    Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the chemical compound is used in various industrial processes, in numerous industries. These include paint stripping, pharmaceutical manufacturing, paint remover manufacturing, and metal cleaning and degreasing. ...

  • Residential and Occupational Exposure Risks to Solvents in Puerto Rico

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), millions of workers in the United States are exposed to solvents on a daily basis. The agency goes on to state that solvents share many chemical, physical and biological properties that warrant national attention be directed to them as a group. In addition, many solvent groups or individual substances have special properties ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Chlorine in Puerto Rico

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that chlorine is one of the most commonly manufactured chemicals in the United States. It is also an element that is widely used in industry in the production of thousands of manufactured items and can be found in some household products.   Chlorine is used in drinking water and swimming pools to kill ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Preventing Occupational and Community Exposure Risks to Cadmium

    Cadmium is a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust and is an important metal in the production of nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) rechargeable batteries. It is also used as a sacrificial corrosion-protection coating for iron and steel, and is used in various alloys, solar cells, plastic stabilizers and pigments.  According to an Occupational Safety and Health ...

  • New York Firm Identifies TCE and Other Hazardous Exposure Risks across the Tri-State Area

    On November 3rd, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 14th Report on Carcinogens (RoC) containing seven newly reviewed substances. One of substances was trichloroethylene (TCE), a volatile chemical compound that is used mainly as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts and is also used in some adhesives, paint removers, and spot ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Alexander Chemical partners with local agencies for crisis drill

    Emergency responders recently partnered with Alexander Chemical Corporation, located in Kingsbury, IN for a crisis training event involving four agencies and La Porte Hospital.   A simulated active shooter scenario staged at Alexander’s manufacturing facility provided a training opportunity for the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department, EMS, Hazardous Material team, the Kingsbury ...


    By Carus Corporation

  • Preventing Occupational and Community Exposure Risks to Hexavalent Chromium

    Recently, the chemical pollutant made famous in the “Erin Brockovich” movie once again made national headlines. A report released by the Environmental Working Group found what the non-profit organization believes to be potentially dangerous levels of hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) in the tap water of some 218 million Americans.  Hexavalent chromium is a toxic form of the ...

  • Identifying Exposure Risks to Methylene Chloride and other Chemical Hazards in Puerto Rico

    Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is described by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. The agency reports that the chemical compound is used in various industrial processes in numerous different industries.   These include paint stripping, pharmaceutical ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Protecting Workers in Industries that Utilize 1-Bromopropane and Other Solvents

    In February, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment and peer review a draft risk assessment for 1-bromopropane (1-BP), also known as n-propyl bromide. The draft assessment was conducted as part of EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Work Plan assessment effort.  According to the document, 1-BP showed acute risks to ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico to 1-Bromopropane and Other Potentially Hazardous Chemicals

    The use of the solvent, 1-bromopropane (1-BP), also known as n-propyl bromide, has increased over the past 20 years according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). 1-BP is often found in products used in vapor and immersion degreasing operations for cleaning metals, plastics and electronic and optical components; adhesive spray applications; dry cleaning; and solvent sprays ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Styrene

    The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that approximately 90,000 workers are potentially exposed to styrene. Styrene is a type of volatile organic compound (VOC) that is highly flammable and evaporates easily. Styrene is widely used to make plastics, fiberglass, rubber and latex. It is also used to make polystyrene plastics and resins that can be made into ...

  • Methylene Chloride and Occupational Exposure Concerns Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses occupational exposure concerns to methylene chloride.   “A number of industries use this chemical compound for everything from paint stripping products to metal cleaning and degreasing ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Methane

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a total of $13 million that will be awarded to twelve, multi-year research projects intended to develop cost efficient and effective ways to mitigate methane emissions from natural gas pipeline and storage infrastructure. Methane is not only a primary component of natural gas, it is also a major greenhouse gas, which is a potential ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Ethylene Oxide and Other Airborne Hazards in Puerto Rico

    Ethylene oxide (EtO) is an organic compound that is produced in large volumes. It is primarily used as an intermediate in the production of several industrial chemicals, the most notable of which is ethylene glycol. However, it is also used as a fumigant in various agricultural products and to sterilize moisture and heat sensitive medical equipment and supplies.  According to the ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Asphalt Fumes

    The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 500,000 workers are exposed to fumes from asphalt. Asphalt as it known in the United States, or bitumen, as it is called in many other parts of the world, is found in natural deposits or can be obtained by refining crude oil. The primary use of asphalt is for road construction where it is mixed with granular materials ...

  • National Emphasis Program Targets Chemical Company

    OSHA’s National Emphasis Program triggered an August 1, 2016 inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It issued a total of eleven safety violations to Solvay Specialty Polymers LLC, a Beligum-based chemical company. The inspection which yielded these violations was conducted at a North American ...


    By OSHA Pros USA

  • OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Further Protect Workers from Beryllium Exposure

    In 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposal to amend its existing exposure limits for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in general industry. It would promulgate a substance-specific standard for general industry regulating occupational exposure with a new permissible exposure limit (PEL). The proposed rule would also provide for ...

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