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  • Air monitoring equipment endorsed by the Chinese government

    Markes International (Llantrisant, UK) has announced that its automated air-monitoring systems for both canister and tube sampling have been officially endorsed by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection. This cements their long-standing reputation as high-performance, well-designed and cost-effective technologies for the analysis of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs and ...


    By Markes International Ltd

  • Diffusive Badges for Personal Exposure Monitoring

    We are the Technology Leader in Personal Monitoring Badges, the most cost-effective and convenient way to monitor chemicals in a worker’s personal breathing zone. We also have Laboratories. AT Labs operates AIHA-accredited labs which provide personal air samplers to industrial hygienists and analyze the contents of returned samplers.  Assay Technology's Miller-Nelson ...


    By Assay Technology, Inc

  • 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 ...

  • Managing exposure to nanoparticles in the workplace

    It is estimated that approximately 2 million workers will be employed in nanotechnology industries worldwide in the next fifteen years. A new study reviews an existing framework of occupational risk management and describes possible methods for controlling exposure to nanomaterials in workplaces. The manufacture and use of nanomaterials is increasing. Although this is creating more jobs, those ...

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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. ...

  • Protecting Workers and the Public from Solvent Exposure Hazards

    Millions of workers in the United States are exposed to solvents on a daily basis according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The agency also reports solvents share many chemical, physical and biological properties that warrant national attention be directed to them as a group.  Solvents, as described by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Occupational and Residential Wood Smoke Exposure Concerns

    During the cold winter months, many people burn wood in their homes for heat and ambience. While this can provide for an economical way to heat a home, some people could be exposed to wood smoke in the air they breathe. Workers in some occupations may also be exposed to wood smoke on a daily basis.   The smell of burning wood is pleasant to some people, but even though wood is a natural ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Preventing Occupational and Community Exposure Risks to Cadmium

    Cadmium is a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust and is an important metal in the production of nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) rechargeable batteries. It is also used as a sacrificial corrosion-protection coating for iron and steel, and is used in various alloys, solar cells, plastic stabilizers and pigments.  According to an Occupational Safety and Health ...

  • Identifying Lead Poisoning Exposure Hazards in Residential Housing

    There are still at least 4 million households in the United States that have children living in them who are being exposed to high levels of lead according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency also reports that no safe blood lead level in children has ever been identified.   In 1978 the federal government banned consumer uses of ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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 ...

  • Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure Risks in New York

    Last month, The Citizen published a report about an organization that runs a family and children’s center in Auburn, New York being fined thousands of dollars for improper asbestos removal.  The organization that runs the center was cited for three serious violations according to the article.   Asbestos-containing materials can still be found in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • New Occupational Exposure Limits Set for Peracetic Acid

    Can You Ignore the Dangers of Peracetic Acid? The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Board of Directors has approved the new 2014 occupational exposure limits, including a new Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL) for Peracetic Acid (PAA). Pressure groups have demanded investigations to study the severe health effects of exposure to PAA in the workplace. ...


    By a1-cbiss

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