25 Years After Bhopal, U.S. Plant Still Using Same Toxic Chemical
Bhopal redux - the same risks remain
Identifying Indoor Exposure Risks to Pesticides in Puerto Rico
A recent survey found that 75% of U.S. households used at least one pesticide product indoors during the past year. The majority of these are insecticides and disinfectants. The use of these products has certainly been a familiar scene in Puerto Rico over the past few months as families and businesses deal with the widespread property damage and cleanup activities caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registers pesticides for use and requires manufacturers to put...
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 found that solvent exposure in the workplace could lead to cognitive difficulties decades later. According to HSPH, “...researchers...
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. The most common occupational route of exposure to methylene chloride is through inhalation and skin exposure. OSHA...
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 requiring more specialized control measures. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) describes...
TSCA: EPA releases proposed chemical risk evaluation process under new TSCA
On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a process for conducting risk evaluations to determine whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, including an unreasonable risk to a potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation, under the conditions of use. 82 Fed, Reg. 7562. The process would not consider costs or other non-risk factors. Risk evaluation is the second step, after prioritization, in a new process of existing...