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  • Assess employee air pollution exposure with AQMesh

    On 9th April The Sunday Times reported that employers have been told they are legally obliged to protect their staff from diesel fumes — and could be sued if workers develop cancer later in life. Read the full article here. Employers who want to assess risk to employees can use  ...


    By AQMesh

  • EPA’s Draft Formaldehyde Assessment Report Highlights Exposure Concerns

    Core, one of the most recognized providers of commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) services, provides formaldehyde testing to protect workers and building occupants from its dangerous health effects.  In early June of this year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a Toxicological Review of Formaldehyde-Inhalation Assessment.  The report is available for public comment and ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Is it safe to use sunbeds?: Assessing the health implications of UV exposure

    Although the use of sunbeds has some positive health effects, it is likely to increase the risk of skin and possibly eye cancer. This is one of the conclusions of an opinion issued by the European Commission Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP), the Opinion on Biological effects of ultraviolet radiation relevant to health with particular reference to ...


    By GreenFacts

  • Summary report - Exposure to carcinogens and work-related cancer: A review of assessment methods

    Estimates of the recent and future burden of occupational diseases indicate that occupational cancer is still a major problem and will remain so in the future as a result of exposure of workers to carcinogens. That's why occupational cancer is a problem that needs to be tackled across the European Union. This summary provides a short overview of assessment tools for the exposure to cancer risk ...

  • Assessing VOC Exposures in New Construction or Recently Renovated Buildings in Puerto Rico

    It’s quite common for a person to walk into a newly constructed or recently renovated home or office and comment about the “new” smell. While this “new” smell is pleasant to some, and may invoke feelings of a clean and fresh indoor environment, usually it actually means the person is being exposed to high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • 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 ...


  • Traffic noise exposure usefully assessed by END digital maps

    Digital noise maps developed under the EU’s Environmental Noise Directive (END) are a useful way of assessing traffic noise exposure for local residents, according to a recent Swedish study. The END maps could also be used to standardise noise exposure information in noise and health research. Environmental noise, from sources including road, rail and air traffic, not only causes annoyance ...

  • nanoIndEx Publishes Guidance Document on Assessment of Personal Exposure to Airborne Nanomaterials

    In June 2016, the “Assessment of Individual Exposure to manufactured nanomaterials by means of personal monitors and samples” (nanoIndEx) project published a guidance document entitled Assessment of Personal Exposure to Airborne Nanomaterials.  The three-year project was funded under the Safe Implementation of Innovative Nanoscience and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • 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.

  • 01dB: How to estimate your noise exposure and your vibration exposure...

    The risk assessment caused by noise and vibration allows the identification of exposed workers and a good knowledge of sound and vibration situations to define an adapted action plan. Many workers are exposed daily to occupational noise and vibration. Extended exposure of individuals to intense noise levels generates hearing loss and important deafness troubles. Regarding vibration levels, it can ...


    By ACOEM

  • 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

  • Lead Exposure Impacts Children’s Sleep

    Novel Finding from Penn Nursing Research Shows That Lead Exposure in Early Childhood Increase Risk for Sleep Problems & Excessive Daytime Sleepiness A new research study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) shows that lead exposure in early childhood are associated with increased risk for sleep problems and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Estimating exposure to excessive noise in cities

    The 2002 Environmental Noise Directive seeks to provide a uniform basis for measuring and addressing noise pollution, one of the most important urban environmental issues for the EU. New research has assessed city-dwellers' exposure to noise and proposes traffic management strategies to reduce harmful levels. Clear evidence is growing for wide-ranging negative health effects of noise pollution, ...

  • Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Methane

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a total of $13 million that will be awarded to twelve, multi-year research projects intended to develop cost efficient and effective ways to mitigate methane emissions from natural gas pipeline and storage infrastructure. Methane is not only a primary component of natural gas, it is also a major greenhouse gas, which is a potential ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Puerto Rico’s EHS Experts offer Toluene Exposure Risk Assessments and Testing Services

    Toluene has been used in industrial processes and found at hazardous waste sites at numerous locations across Puerto Rico.  It is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that is a clear, colorless liquid with a strong, sweet and pungent odor.   The chemical occurs naturally in crude oil and is also produced in the process of making gasoline and other fuels from crude oil as well ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • ECHA Report Includes Recommendations for Exposure Assessment and Risk Characterization of Nanomaterials under REACH

    On March 26, 2014, SAFENANO announced that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a report entitled Human health and environmental exposure assessment and risk characterisation of nanomaterials: Best practice for REACH registrants. The report summarizes the outcomes of the third (and last) meeting of the Group Assessing Already Registered Nanomaterials (GAARN). The September 30, 2013, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Environment: Speaking the same language on noise exposure

    Quantifying noise exposure will be significantly easier thanks to a new set of common noise assessment methods published today. Comparable data on noise exposure in Europe is a prerequisite to set up EU policies to reduce noise pollution, a growing health and economic concern all over Europe. The new methods – known as Common Noise Assessment Methods in Europe (CNOSSOS-EU) – were ...

  • New report on workplace exposures to nano-materials

    New research released in April examines the exposure measurement and mitigation of nano-materials in the workplace. The report was released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as part of a series of publications which aim to encourage engagement in the safety implications of nano-materials at the same time as research on new applications is being undertaken. ...

  • Should critical levels of plant ozone exposure be lower?

    ‘Critical levels’ of ozone exposure for plants, above which significant adverse effects may occur, are currently calculated by examining ozone’s impacts on only a small number of species. However, researchers have now compared this measure with a new approach which examines all species in a group, and defines the critical levels as the concentration at which 5% of species are ...

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