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  • Portable Workplace Detector for Trace Toxic Chemicals

    ENMET's new mGC (mini Gas Chromatograph) chemical specific portable instrument is designed to detect threat chemicals below the OSHA permissible exposure limits in the industrial workplace for worker safety. This handheld monitor improves information collected from traditional multi-gas survey instruments by providing details about the chemical composition of the sample. It ...


    By ENMET, LLC

  • 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

  • Homeowners Warned of Formaldehyde Exposure Following Chemical Spill

    Last month, residents of North Bay in Ontario were warned of potential formaldehyde dangers in their home.  This resulted following a tanker truck crash that spilled its cargo of formaldehyde into the lake that provides drinking water for many area residents.  The truck driver died during the accident and investigators are working to determine if his death was caused by the accident or ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Protecting Americans through Better Chemical Exposure Monitoring

    EPA announced $4 million in grants to five institutions that will work on improving biomonitoring at the Public Health Applications of Human Biomonitoring Meeting.  The meeting of experts was sponsored by EPA and the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) Monday and Tuesday at EPA's Research Triangle Park campus. 'Protecting public health is an important part of this research ...

  • Marine Dies from Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

    LA Testing provides chemical and hazardous waste testing services to keep soldiers and industrial workers safe from toxic materials. Garden Grove, CA, September 27th, 2010 Earlier this month it was reported that a widow of a retired Marine was awarded compensation for her husband’s death.  The retired soldier had worked at the Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, California ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • OSHA data detail workplace toxic chemical exposure

    OSHA has released 15 years of data providing details of workers" on-the-job exposures to toxic chemicals. The data are measurements taken by OSHA compliance officers during the course of inspections. They include exposures to asbestos, benzene, beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel, silica, and others. The data offer insights into the levels of toxic chemicals commonly found in workplaces, as well as ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Chemical exposures cost California $2.6 billion in 2004

    High mercury levels and more than 100 synthetic chemicals and pollutants have been found in breast milk, umbilical-cord blood, and other bodily tissues of California residents, yet state laws regulating hazardous chemicals have serious gaps and fail to protect public health and the environment, finds a new report by researchers at the University of California. As a result, diseases among ...

  • The fundamentals of REACH exposure scenarios

    Exposure scenarios constitute the tool to certify adequate control over substances and make sure they do not pose any risks to human beings or the environment. This is how you make sure they are valid for compliance with REACH. Exposure scenarios are required as an annex to safety data sheets. Substance manufacturers or importers of more than one tonne per year need to compile a technical ...


  • The Comet Assay and Occupational Exposure

    The Comet assay is being used with increasing popularity in biomonitoring studies to determine the level of DNA damage in workers exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals and radiation. The assay is an ideal biomarker for such investigations due to its sensitivity and reliability in detecting DNA damage and repair. A large number of research groups are utilising our ...


    By Perceptive Instruments Ltd.

  • Biomonitoring study suggests exposure to environmental chemicals varies greatly across the EU

    The framework for a Europe-wide biomonitoring programme has been established by a new study. The preliminary investigation of 17 European countries showed that monitored levels of toxic chemicals varied significantly between countries. Although the levels were mostly within recognised health-based guidance values, in a few cases these values were exceeded. The researchers suggest that a ...

  • 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 ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Nail Salons and Chemical 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 chemical exposure concerns for the hundreds of thousands of people that work in nail salons.   “Nail salon workers are in many cases exposed to a wide variety of potentially harmful chemicals in the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • OSHA launches national dialogue on hazardous chemical exposures and permissible exposure limits in the workplace

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances. The first stage of this dialogue is a request for information on the management of hazardous chemical ...

  • Mesothelioma and the hazards of asbestos exposure

    As a result of the recently declared Public Health Emergency in Libby, Montana on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, asbestos awareness has been on the rise. Considering the presence of asbestos-containing materials in older homes and buildings, and the fact that asbestos is not banned in the United States, public health officials advise citizens to educate themselves on the risks of ...


  • Exposure Control Plans

    EXPOSURE CONTROL PLAN British Columbia Occupational Health and Safety Regulations require employers to ensure that workers are not exposed to a substance that exceeds the limits as prescribed by the American Conference Government Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). If you operate in BC, you are required to identify potential health risks and ...


    By MSDS Binders Inc.

  • Tetrachloroethylene (PERC) & Chemical Exposure Concerns Discussed in New Video

    The IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses tetrachloroethylene, more commonly known as PERC, and potential exposure concerns. PERC is a manufactured chemical that has been used for dry cleaning purposes, as a chemical intermediate, metal degreaser and as a ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Diversity Outbred mice better predict potential human responses to chemical exposures

    A genetically diverse mouse model is able to predict the range of response to chemical exposures that might be observed in human populations, researchers from the National Institutes of Health have found. Like humans, each Diversity Outbred mouse is genetically unique, and the extent of genetic variability among these mice is similar to the genetic variation seen among humans. Using these mice, ...

  • Spray Polyurethane Foam & Chemical Exposure Concerns in Texas Homes & Buildings

    Residential and commercial builders across Texas and the Gulf Coast have increasingly turned to spray polyurethane foam (SPF) to insulate new construction and for remodeling projects.  SPF has become a popular alternative to other forms of insulation due to its superb insulating properties, ability to protect against moisture, to fill cracks and crevices, and its excellent sound reducing ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) & Chemical 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 how spray polyurethane foam, also known as SPF, can create chemical exposure concerns if not properly applied.   SPF has become a popular alternative to other forms of insulation in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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 ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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