Occupational Health News

  • 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 and Preventing Exposure Risks to the Growing Number of Superbugs

    Last month, for only the fourth time in its history, the United Nations General Assembly took up a health issue and voted to take a broad and coordinated approach to confront antimicrobial resistance. The historic action by the United Nations was due to the growing list of drug-resistant microorganisms that are now found across the globe, including in United States.  The Centers for Disease ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • 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 ...

  • Noise and Occupational Exposure Risks 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 risks to noise.  “OSHA reports that twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year,” said Paul Cochrane, President of ...


    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

  • Recognizing and Preventing Lead Exposure Risks in the Workplace

    This year has been filled with media reports about lead poisoning hazards faced by the public. Stories have been broadcast about contaminated water in Michigan homes, drinking fountains being shut down in schools in the Northwest and East Coast, and most recently, over 1,000 residents of a housing complex in East Chicago being asked to relocate due to high levels of lead in the soil around their ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • TargetSolutions’ Top 10 NFPA 1500 Firefighter Training Courses

    TargetSolutions’ NFPA 1500 series is based on the NFPA’s codes and standards and is built to meet a fire department’s training requirements for occupational safety and health. TargetSolutions maintains a library of more than 60 hours of NFPA-approved firefighter ...


    By TargetSolutions

  • 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

  • Ethylene Oxide 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 potential occupational exposure to ethylene oxide for workers in various industries.   “The Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that ethylene oxide, also known as EtO, possesses ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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 ...

  • Occupational and Environmental Exposures to Copper Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses potential health concerns due to occupational and environmental exposures to high levels of copper.  “Society has utilized copper to its benefit for thousands of years,” said Paul ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Nanomaterials in New York and the Tri-State Area

    Technology-based companies in New York and the surrounding area often look to advances in materials science to innovate and create new products to sell globally. One of these technologies is the development and advancement of nanotechnologies. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines nanotechnology as the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • New York Companies Learn Proactive Initiatives Can Prevent Health and Safety Violations

    Last month, a New York company was fined by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) over $100,000 for exposing workers to cancer-causing chemicals and other hazards. In total, the firm was cited for 17 serious violations. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. The ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to 1-Bromopropane

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

  • National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month and Preventing Occupational Asthma in New York

    May is recognized as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month across the United States.  Asthma is a serious respiratory condition that can be life-threatening in some circumstances. People with the condition are often exposed to numerous known asthma triggers in their homes, schools, and work environments. Occupational asthma, also referred to as work-related asthma, is the ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • Reducing Occupational Risk with Safety Software

    Reducing work-related injury rates drives several operational benefits including cost reductions, business growth and responsive risk management. With safety software, organizations can identify, manage and control occupational health and safety incidents. Safety software can be used to manage a department's environmental, health and safety (EHS) operations. It helps improve ...


    By EHS Insight

  • Protecting Workers from Occupational Hearing Loss

    According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, and an additional 9 million are exposed to chemicals that can damage hearing or balance functions of the ear. An estimated $242 million ...

  • ISO/DIS 45001 – A New Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

    The latest stage in the development process of the ISO 45001 standard was reached on January 14, 2016 with the issuance of ISO/DIS 45001. This draft international standard describes the potential requirements for an Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS). It identifies the emerging changes expected to be in the final version of the standard, planned for publication in Q4 2016. ...


    By SGS

  • Cleaning Chemicals and Occupational Concerns for Workers and Building Occupants in Puerto Rico

    Virtually every business, school, institution and government agency in Puerto Rico utilizes some form of cleaning chemicals in their facilities on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Cleaning chemicals are vital to help ensure the cleanliness of the buildings where people work, visit or go to school in.  Chemicals in some cleaning products can be irritating to ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

    It is expected that in October 2016 the new ISO 45001 will be published. This standard regarding Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems - Requirements will serve as an add-on to existing standards such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. It will take various national and international labor standards into account. ISO ...


    By EHS Insight

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