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  • Coal Dust Exposure and Black Lung Disease Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses prolonged exposure to respirable coal dust which can cause black lung disease. “Although some miners never develop the disease, others may develop early signs after less than 10 years of mining experience according ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Exposure to Wood Dust Hazards Revealed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health.  The latest educational video discusses health hazards associated with wood dusts.   In 2009, wood dust was added to California's Proposition 65 list as a substance known to the State of California ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Lowering Exposure to Respirable Coal Dust in MSHA Final Rule

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced the release of a final rule to lower miners' exposure to respirable coal mine dust.  The final rule applies to all underground and surface coal mines and continues the agency’s End Black Lung – Act Now! initiative. According to a MSHA news release, this final rule: ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • ISHM Educates Employers and Workers about Wood Dust Exposure Hazards

    Many workers across the nation are exposed to wood dusts at sawmills, wood processing facilities and during construction and renovation activities.  In 2009, California's Proposition 65 list added wood dust as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer.   Wood dust becomes a potential health problem when wood particles become airborne. Wood dust can be created when ...

  • New School Year Could Mean Exposure to Mold, Lead, Asbestos and Dust for Faculty and Students

    Core, one of the most recognized providers of commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) services, provides testing services to ensure summer construction projects at schools don’t create health hazards for students and teachers. August means back to school for millions of people as students and teachers alike get ready for the new school.  It also means many construction and remodeling ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Crystalline Silica Exposure can be Deadly

    Earlier this month it was reported at ClaimsJournal.com that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a marble and granite company over $40,000 for health and safety violations that included workers being exposed to unsafe levels of crystalline silica particles. According to an OSHA Fact Sheet on crystalline silica, “Silica exposure ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Asthma and the Link to Exposure to Mold and Bacteria

    A new study by European scientists has found that children who grow up on a farm appear to be less likely to develop asthma.  In February of this year it was reported in HealthDay News that, “The risk of asthma was reduced by as much as 51 percent for children living on farms, and researchers suspect that it's the diversity of exposure to different microbes that may offer protection ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Mesothelioma death caused by secondhand asbestos exposure

    The husband of a woman who passed away from mesothelioma, a rare asbestos-related cancer, is warning others of the dangers of asbestos exposure. Trevor Ryder, a 65-year-old man from Welwyn Garden City, England, said his wife Maureen was exposed to asbestos as a result of his employment with Norton Abrasives, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of abrasives for technical manufacturing ...


  • Perchlorate & 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 perchlorate and potential human exposure concerns.   “Perchlorate is a chemical that is highly soluble in water, it can enter surface and groundwater where it can last for an extended time and create ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Indoor Allergens & Steps to Reduce Exposure in the Home or Office

    For the millions of Americans with respiratory allergies, asthma or COPD, their home or office can sometimes be the source of allergens that can trigger or aggravate their condition. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, nasal allergies are estimated to affect close to 50 million people in the United States. Allergic rhinitis alone results in more than ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Study Links Exposure to Cadmium & Lead to Hearing Loss

    A study, recently published inEnvironmental Health Perspectives,of over 3,500 U.S. adults looked at the relationship between exposure to lead and cadmium and hearing loss. The participants were part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and each was given a hearing exam and their blood was tested for lead and cadmium.   Researchers found that people with higher levels of ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • OSHA Addresses Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica

    Next month the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will address the proposed Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica Rule.  The agency intends on lowering the Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) for industry. According to an OSHA Fact Sheet on crystalline silica, “Silica exposure remains a serious threat to nearly 2 million U.S. workers, including more than 100,000 ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Childhood lead exposure linked to violent crime in adults

    High levels of lead in the blood of fetuses and young children has been linked for the first time to higher rates of criminal arrest in adulthood. The strongest association between childhood blood-lead level and criminal behavior was for arrests involving acts of violence, new research has found. Based on long-term data from a childhood lead study in Cincinnati, Kim Dietrich, PhD, and his team at ...

  • ISHM Educates Workers about Exposure to Microbial Toxins

    Most workers recognize that exposure to elevated levels of mold in the workplace can lead to human health concerns.  Mold is a known allergen, asthma trigger and can even cause fungal infections in susceptible individuals.   Far fewer workers known that many types of mold can also produce microbial toxins known as mycotoxins.  A mycotoxin is a toxic secondary metabolite produced by ...

  • Identifying and Mitigating Particulate Matter Pollution Exposure Risks

    Particulate matter (PM) is described by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some of these particles, such as dust, dirt, soot or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye, but others are so small they can only be detected using powerful instruments.   Because PM ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Adipic Acid Dusts Can Lead to Deadly Combustible Dust Explosions

    Cinnaminson, NJ, August 1st, 2012 Approximately 2.5 billion kilograms of adipic acid are produced annually.  This organic compound is used in the production of nylon, polyurethane, adhesives and plasticizers. Adipic acid is a white crystalline powder. Some common other names for adipic acid include: Acifloctin; Acinetten; Adilatetten; Adipinic Acid; 1,4-Butanedicarboxylic Acid; ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Unique dust monitors for any application

    The Latest TSI Sidepak Personal Aerosol Monitors Have Been Added To The Ashtead Technology Range Of Particulate Matter (PM) Monitors. “We Were So Impressed With The Unique Features Of These Instruments, That We Immediately Added Them To Both Our Rental And Sales Portfolios,” Says Ashtead’s Regional Sales Manager Josh Thomas. “Many Occupational Exposure Applications Are ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • Worker exposure and the hazards of abrasive blasting materials

    Late last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Fact Sheet entitled, “Protecting Workers from the Hazards of Abrasive Blasting Materials.”  The four page document discusses the need for employers to protect workers from hazardous dust levels, toxic metals and the high levels of noise associated with abrasive blasting. Abrasive ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Dust Monitoring Workshop Draws Crowds

    The instrumentation specialists Ashtead Technology and monitoring instrument manufacturer TSI recently co-hosted a technical workshop which focused on monitoring workplace and environmental air quality. The level of interest in the workshop was so high that some applications to attend had to be declined once registration was full. “We were delighted with the level of interest,” said ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • Carbon Black Exposure May Put Workers at Risk

    Carbon black is the general term used to describe a powdery commercial form of carbon.  It is used by industry to strengthen and color rubber and is also used to color inks, coatings, plastics and leather, and to insulate electrical equipment.  Carbon black from vegetable origins is even used as a food coloring agent.    Some employees are exposed to carbon black on a regular ...

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