Respiratory Protection News

  • 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.

  • Occupational Hazards due to Exposures to Welding Fumes and Gases

    More than 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries are exposed to a unique combination of both safety and health risks according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These workers are involved with the potentially hazardous activities of welding, cutting and brazing.  OSHA reports the risk from fatal injuries alone is more than four deaths per ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Cobalt and Cobalt Compounds in New York

    In late 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 14th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). It contained newly reviewed substances that are known or reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans. Included in this list were the metallic element cobalt and cobalt compounds that release cobalt ions in vivo.  The National Toxicology Program (NTP), an interagency ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • New York Firm Protects Workers from Exposure Hazards to Welding Fumes

    Of the more than 500,000 workers in U.S. that are involved in welding, cutting, and brazing, many are employed in occupations in New York City and the surrounding tri-state region.  These can be dangerous occupations according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which reports that the risk from fatal injuries alone is more than four deaths per thousand workers over a ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • IRSST Project Measures Nanoparticle Penetration into Protective Gloves

    The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) published a news item on January 16, 2017, entitled “Nanoparticles — to handle with care.”  IRSST states that although research is still in development, it ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Protecting Workers from Welding Fume Hazards in Puerto Rico

    In Puerto Rico and across the rest of the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there are over 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries that perform welding, cutting and brazing activities. These workers face potentially hazardous conditions that pose a unique combination of both safety and health risks according to the agency. The welding ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Protecting New York and Tri-state Area Workers from Airborne Hazards

    Several months ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released their preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. The annual list is compiled each year from thousands of workplace inspections conducted by the agency.   For numerous years in a row, one of top 10 cited violations once ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Identifying Respirable Hazards to Protect Workers in Puerto Rico

    Once each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. The list is compiled from thousands of workplace inspections conducted by federal OSHA staff. Year after year, 1 of the top 10 cited violations involves respiratory protection. OSHA reports that an estimated 5 ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Date announced for popular workplace and ambient dust workshop

    Following the success of a similar event last January, TSI and Ashtead Technology have organised another workshop focusing on workplace dust, aerosols and environmental particulates. The event, which is free to attend, will take place on Wednesday 11th January 2017 at TSI’s headquarters in High Wycombe. Ashtead’s Regional Sales Manager Josh Thomas recommends early booking: “This ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • The Importance of Proper Respiratory Protection for Millions of Workers

    In October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. For the last several years, the 4th most cited violation has been associated with respiratory protection.   According to OSHA, an estimated 5 ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Respiratory Protection for Workers 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 importance of respiratory protection for workers in various industries.  “OSHA reports that an estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • TSI FitPro+ Software v3.2 for PortaCount Respirator Fit Test Systems

    Last year, TSI released an update to their FitPro+ Fit Test Software (v3.2) to further improve the efficiency of your respirator fit testing operations. The updated software works with the PortaCount Plus model 8020, PortaCont Pro model 8030, PortaCount Pro+ model 8038, and is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows ...


    By Raeco Rents

  • Rail Equipment Manufacturer Cited In Chemical Exposure Violation

    A Steuben County-based rail manufacturing and repair facility in Hornell, NY, Alstom Transportation Inc., was recently cited with seventeen violations totaling $105,000, following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Among those seventeen citations were four chemical exposure violations ...


    By OSHA Pros USA

  • New Workplace Crystalline Silica Requirements Begin this Month

    Silica is a part of the environment, commonly occurring in most soils. Chronic exposure to respirable crystalline silica particulates has long been known to cause restrictive lung disease and complications that can lead to cancer.  Worker exposures to airborne crystalline silica are tightly restricted by California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA). Federal ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Commission proposes to protect workers better from cancer-causing chemicals

    Cancer is the first cause of work-related deaths in the EU, accounting for 53% of the total. The number of deaths attributed to occupational cancer in the EU is reported to be around 102,000 per year. To improve protection for workers from cancer-causing chemicals, the Commission today proposes changes to ...


    By European Commission

  • New York Businesses Prepare to Comply with OSHA’s New Final Rule on Respirable Crystalline Silica

    As far back as the 1930s, the U.S. Department of Labor first highlighted the hazards associated with exposure to respirable crystalline silica after a wave of worker deaths. The agency set standards to limit worker exposure in 1971 when the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was created.  According to OSHA, approximately 2.3 million workers in the United States ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • ABIH® Advocates Respirable Hazard Recognition during Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States and many parts of the world, more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.  It is also the second most commonly diagnosed form of cancer.  The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 221,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in the United States this year and over 158,000 deaths. ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Risks of working with stainless steel - Chromium 6

    Chromium 6, also called hexavalent chromium, is released into the air when welding or hot-working stainless steel and acid steel. It’s also used in anti-corrosion coatings. Breathing in or letting the skin come into contact with chromium 6 is a serious health risk. Chromium 6 causes allergic skin irritation, and irritation and inflammation in the nose and respiratory tract. Also DNA ...


    By Genano Solutions

  • News of the ASTM International Board of Directors

    Board Actions Finance and Audit The board approved all proposed ASTM budgets as well as the appointment of Taco van der Maten to serve as chairman of the 2016 Finance and Audit Committee. Van der Maten is marketing manager at PANalytical in Almelo, the Netherlands. He is chairman of Committee F40 on ...


    By ASTM International

  • Railcar was unsafe for entry before deadly blast killed two workers, injured a third at Omaha cleaning facility

    Moments before a blast ripped through a railcar on April 14, 2015, a check of the air quality inside indicated a serious risk of an explosion. Despite the warning, Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services sent two employees, aged 41 and 45, into the railcar to work without monitoring the air continuously for explosive hazards as required, nor providing the employees with emergency retrieval equipment ...

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