Pollution Exposure News

  • Construction Companies Prepare for OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Standard Enforcement

    Next month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcing a Final Rule for respirable crystalline silica in an effort to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and kidney disease in construction workers. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. OSHA’s new ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Preventing Exposures to Vinyl Chloride and Other Occupational Chemical Hazards in Puerto Rico

    Vinyl chloride is an important industrial chemical that is produced in large quantities as a chemical intermediate for use in manufacturing other products. This includes polyvinyl chloride or PVC as it is commonly known. PVC is used to make a wide variety of plastic products, including pipes, wire and cable coatings, and packaging materials.  While this chemical compound is ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • 3D Printing and Worker Exposures to Airborne Pollutants

    Three-dimensional (3D) printers are becoming increasingly popular as the technology advances and costs decrease. Today, 3D printers can be found everywhere, from research laboratories in schools, universities and businesses to factory floors and even in some people’s homes.  As these devices become more common, concerns have been raised about chemicals (volatile organic ...

  • OSHA Announces a New Proposed Rule on Beryllium Exposure

    On Jan. 9, OSHA issued a final rule that established new protections for workers who are exposed to beryllium in general industry, construction and shipyards. Beryllium is a lightweight metal used primarily in specialty alloys and beryllium oxide ceramics. It also is present as a trace material ...


    By UL The WERCS

  • UL Releases Summit Proceedings for Safety Science of 3D Printing

    UL, a global safety science organization, releases the proceedings from “Safety Science of 3D Printing,” a leadership summit with participation from more than 45 stakeholders—including printer manufacturers, material suppliers, public health professionals, academic researchers, school users, and government organizations. Underwriters Laboratories Inc., a ...


    By UL LLC

  • Pulsar Instruments and Interserve collaborate on noise safety system

    Leading noise measurement products manufacturer, Pulsar Instruments, has launched a transportable noise safety system, developed in partnership with Interserve Construction Limited, to be used at live construction environments. Interserve contacted Pulsar Instruments as it was looking to identify problems with operatives and activities that can lead to noise-induced hearing loss in a ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

  • Protecting Workers from Exposure to Diacetyl and Other Respiratory Hazards

    Last year, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published the science blog, Coffee Workers at Risk for Lung Disease. It discusses two alpha-diketones, diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione, both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that workers can be exposed to when roasting coffee or working with certain food flavorings, such as ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Identifying Lead Poisoning Exposure Hazards in Residential Housing

    There are still at least 4 million households in the United States that have children living in them who are being exposed to high levels of lead according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency also reports that no safe blood lead level in children has ever been identified.   In 1978 the federal government banned consumer uses of ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Protecting Outdoor Workers from Exposure Risks

    May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and also the beginning of tick season in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Occupational exposure to Lyme disease is a significant concern for millions of workers who spend much of their time outdoors in areas known to have disease-causing ticks.  In North America, the disease is caused by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi and ...

  • Vinyl Chloride and Potential 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 the industrial chemical known as vinyl chloride and potential exposure concerns.  “Vinyl chloride is an important industrial chemical that is produced in large quantities as a chemical intermediate for ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Protecting Workers from Potential Exposure Hazards to Diesel Exhaust

    Diesel fuel is used to power engines for countless vehicles, heavy equipment, trains, boats and generators used across the globe. Industries from mining, transportation and construction to agriculture, maritime and manufacturing all depend on equipment powered by diesel engines.   While this machinery is essential for business, the exhaust from diesel engines contains a mixture of ...

  • Asthma Awareness Month and Mitigating Occupational Asthma Triggers

    The entire month of May has been designated as Asthma Awareness Month and May 2nd was World Asthma Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that between 100 and 150 million people across the globe have asthma. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that over 24 million people have the lung disease and 9 people die from it each day. The agency ...

  • Honoring Workers’ Memorial Day and Occupational Health and Safety Services in Puerto Rico

    Later this week, Puerto Rico and the rest of the United States will observe Workers’ Memorial Day. The annual day of recognition takes place each year on April 28th, the same day the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established 46 years ago.  According to OSHA, Workers’ Memorial Day is a time to honor those workers who have died on the job, to ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • 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.

  • Assess employee air pollution exposure with AQMesh

    On 9th April The Sunday Times reported that employers have been told they are legally obliged to protect their staff from diesel fumes — and could be sued if workers develop cancer later in life. Read the full article here. Employers who want to assess risk to employees can use  ...


    By AQMesh

  • Asbestos Exposures in New York City are Still a Major Health Concern

    Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report about a rise in the number of deaths associated with malignant mesothelioma. Detailed in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the number of annual deaths in the United States due to the condition actually increased from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015. Malignant mesothelioma is ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • 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

  • Non-invasive noise measurement

    Measuring individual exposure to noise at work is key to check compliance with occupational legislation while safeguarding your business from non-compliances and costly civil claims for hearing loss. Pulsar's latest non-invasive personal noise dosemeter offers the perfect solution. This ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

  • Indoor Exposure to Elevated Levels of Mold in Puerto Rico Can Result in Health Concerns

    In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition.  The Centers for Disease Control and ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

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