Pollution Exposure Articles

  • Harmful Effects of Arsenic on Human Health

    Arsenic can pose a serious risk to your health. It is very important to detect any traces of it and have it removed from your water as soon as possible. Detecting any potential arsenic contamination in your water can ensure that you have a fresh, trustworthy supply to drink from. If you don’t, these are some of the health risks you could experience. Skin Changes ...

  • Odour, how to measure?

    As Aerox we offer our clients sustainable solutions for industrial odour emissions. Together with our customers we solve the nuisance resulting from these emissions. We therefore also regularly get questions about odour, what exactly this is and how you can measure it. Measuring of smell The objective measuring of odour is not easy. Odour in itself is a very complex matter to ...


    By Aerox B.V.

  • 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.

  • ISO Standard describes aerosol generation for air exposure studies of nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published standard ISO/TR 19601:2017, “Nanotechnologies — Aerosol generation for air exposure studies of nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates (NOAA).”  ISO states that, to evaluate the inhalation toxicity of NOAA, it is important to consider certain ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Health and safety risks at the workplace: a joint analysis of three major surveys

    This report presents the key findings of a joint analysis of EU-OSHA’s second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2), Eurostat’s Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2013 ad hoc module on accidents at work and other work-related health problems, and Eurofound’s 6th European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS). The aim was to have a comprehensive ...

  • Understanding Laser Classifications and Output Levels

    Mainstream, low-powered lasers that emit continuous wave beams are harmless to humans. However, there are some lasers that can cause serious damage to one’s skin and eyes. To educate and protect people from using such lasers incorrectly – in a way that could cause injury – regulatory institutions have created a classification system that establishes the level of damage that the ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • 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.

  • Concrete Construction Health Effects

    It’s no secret that working in Concrete Construction is dangerous. The immediate safety hazards are well known. Getting speared or cut on rebar, sore from the hard physical labor; cuts or punctures from nails; and struck by tools, materials or equipment can all cause injuries. Add to that possible falls especially at the leading edge; cuts or shock from powered equipment; burns or explosion ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Explosion Proof Lights and Hot Environments

    Fixtures that are exposed to high ambient temperatures are prone to failure and malfunction. In industrial facilities with high lighting consumption rates, this is can be a complex issue to address, especially in hazardous locations where explosive dust and vapors are present. As a solution, establishments may apply explosion proof metal halide and incandescent fixtures with external ballasts. ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • 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.

  • Modeling of chromium (VI) adsorption from aqueous solutions using Jordanian Zeolitic Tuff

    The probable use of Jordanian natural zeolitic tuff in wastewater treatment as natural adsorbent for the removal of Cr (VI) ions from aqueous solution in continuous fixed bed columns was tested experimentally and theoretically. The tested zeolitic tuff was obtained from Al Hala volcano (HZ) located in southern part of Jordan and subjected to crushing and sieving only without any further ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Biologically active ion exchange (BIEX) for NOM removal and membrane fouling prevention

    The natural organic matter (NOM) removal efficiency and regeneration behavior of ion-exchange filters with promoted biological activity (BIEX) was compared to operation where biological activity was suppressed (i.e. abiotic conditions). The impact of BIEX pre-treatment on fouling in subsequent ultrafiltration was also investigated. Biological operation enhanced NOM removal by approximately 50% ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • CEA LASE laboratory uses Kartotrak to map radionuclides difficult to measure

    Problematics The autoradiography technique consists in depositing sensitive screens collecting the radiation on facility floors, ceilings or walls during different exposure times ...


    By Geovariances

  • Symptoms vs. Systems: are we taking safety too personally?

    In the US our fatality rate has been flat (total fatalities are actually up a bit the last couple of years) for a decade despite our incident rate’s steady decline to an all-time low.  In addition recent disasters such as the chemical exposure fatalities at La Port Texas, the Texas City Refinery explosion and the Deepwater Horizon have demonstrated ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • EPA Announces Start of Voluntary Pilot Program to Reduce Animal Testing

    On December 20, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the start of a pilot program to evaluate the usefulness and acceptability of a mathematical tool (the GHS Mixtures Equation), which is used in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • 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.

  • 2017 Conference Will Focus on New Tools and Approaches for Nanomaterial Safety Assessment

    On February 7-9, 2017, a conference focused on new tools and approaches for nanomaterial safety assessment will be held in Malaga, Spain.  The conference is jointly organized by five major Seventh Research Framework Program (FP7) projects:  NANOSOLUTIONS, GUIDEnano, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Keeping Healthcare/SPD Workers Safe from Exposure: 2 Very Different Options

    Continuous Monitoring vs. Badges Badges are designed to provide the Time Weighted Average (TWA) data for the total exposure period. They contain an absorption medium that reacts with or absorbs and holds the target chemical from the air to be analyzed later, which indicates the exposure after the fact. Badges, sample tubes, and wet chemical methods were the predominant technologies for monitoring ...


    By ChemDAQ, Inc.

  • NIOSH Announces Sampling Strategy to Help Identify Potential Nanomaterial Exposure in an Occupational Setting

    On November 1, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a blog item entitled “Never fear!  NEAT 2.0 is here! — How to perform nanomaterial exposure assessment in the workplace.”  NIOSH notes that in 2009, it developed and was the first to recommend using the nanoparticle ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Workplace Monitoring: Who, What, When, Why, How?

    In my previous articles in this series for SHP readers, I have focussed on the need for current attitudes to general health and safety processes to change and emphasised the importance of regular monitoring. The best way to combat those ‘hidden killers’ and protect our workforces is to increase awareness of the benefits of regular monitoring and detection.  Employees then need to ...


    By Casella

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