25 Years After Bhopal, U.S. Plant Still Using Same Toxic Chemical
Bhopal redux - the same risks remain
Australian Draft National Standard for the Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals Addresses Nanomaterials
On November 24, 2016, the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy began a public consultation on the Draft National Standard for the Environmental Risk Management of Industrial Chemicals and a supporting Draft Explanatory Document. According to the Department, the primary purpose of the papers is to outline the design and operation of the National Standard. The Draft National Standard contains risk management measures applicable for each Environment Schedule under the Standard. The Draft Explanatory...
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 element chromium. Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not set a limit for hexavalent chromium in drinking...
Identifying Exposure Risks to Methylene Chloride and other Chemical Hazards in Puerto Rico
Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is described by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as a volatile, colorless liquid with a chloroform-like odor. The agency reports that the chemical compound is used in various industrial processes in numerous different industries. These include paint stripping, pharmaceutical manufacturing, paint remover manufacturing, and metal cleaning and degreasing. Several years ago, OSHA and NIOSH published a Hazard Alert about “Methylene...
Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico to 1-Bromopropane and Other Potentially Hazardous Chemicals
The use of the solvent, 1-bromopropane (1-BP), also known as n-propyl bromide, has increased over the past 20 years according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). 1-BP is often found in products used in vapor and immersion degreasing operations for cleaning metals, plastics and electronic and optical components; adhesive spray applications; dry cleaning; and solvent sprays used in operations like asphalt production, aircraft maintenance and synthetic fiber manufacturing. Workers in a...
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 foam and rigid plastic products. Styrene is used in the manufacturing of products such as tires, hoses, tanks, carpet backing,...