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  • OSHA warns that worker exposure standards are out-of-date

    Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a news release that stated, “While many chemicals are suspected of being harmful, OSHA's exposure standards are out-of-date and inadequately protective for the small number of chemicals that are regulated in the workplace.” In response, OSHA has created a toolkit to identify safer chemicals that can be used ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • 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, ...

  • 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

  • ASTM E2385 - 11 standard guide for estimating wildlife exposure using measures of habitat quality

    Explicit consideration of landscape features to characterize the quality of habitat for assessment species can enhance the ecological relevance of an EcoRA. This can help avoid assessing exposure in areas in which a wildlife species would be absent because of a lack of habitat or to bound exposure estimates in areas with low habitat quality. The measure of habitat ...


    By ASTM International

  • ASTM D6551 / D6551M - 05(2011) standard practice for accelerated weathering of pressure-sensitive tapes by xenon-arc exposure apparatus

    This practice describes one method for accelerated weathering of pressure-sensitive tapes used primarily for packaging. It is not intended for evaluation the weathering characteristics of pressure-sensitive tapes used in long-term outdoor exposure conditions ...


    By ASTM International

  • Standardization squared

    If you were walking around Q-Lab’s headquarters or any of our global locations, it wouldn’t take long to hear someone — sales professionals, product engineers, help desk technicians, marketing application specialists, upper management, etc. — mention ASTM. This is because standards are essential to what we do. Q-Lab is a global leader in weathering and corrosion test ...


    By ASTM International

  • Brief smog exposure linked to premature death

    Exposures of less than 24 hours to current levels of ground-level ozone in many areas are likely to contribute to premature deaths, finds a new US National Research Council report. Ozone, a key component of smog, can cause respiratory problems and other health effects. In addition, evidence of a relationship between exposures of less than 24 hours and mortality has been mounting, but ...

  • Managing corporate exposure to climate risks – University of Toronto

    Climate change has become an issue of critical importance to business. Many companies are seeking to manage their exposure to climate risks and realize the growing opportunities through developing a carbon management strategy. One of the challenges in implementing this strategy is how to determine the competency of staff and/or consultants engaged to compile GHG inventories. Another is ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Hexavalent Chromium Exposure Costs Pennsylvania Company $66,300

    A steel plate manufacturing company in Conshohocken, PA has been cited for eight health and safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The company’s proposed fines total $66,300. The violations were identified when an inspection took place as a result of a complaint that workers were being overexposed to metal fumes. Upon ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Identifying and Mitigating Welding Fume and Gas Exposure Hazards

    According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), there are over half a million workers in the United States that are involved with welding, cutting and brazing. Worldwide, the number of workers involved in these activities is in the millions. OSHA states that welding, cutting and brazing are hazardous activities that pose a unique combination of both safety and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Hexavalent Chromium Exposure in Georgia Manufacturing Plant

    A manufacturing plant in Hartwell, Georgia has been cited for 16 safety and health violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA. The violations were detected upon inspection after receiving a complaint alerting the agency to occupational hazards at the facility. The total projected fine is $79,300. Of the 16 violations, 14 of them were considered serious violations in which there is ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Take action this summer to reduce exposure to asthma triggers

    Summer heat is here, and that means it is more important than ever for people with asthma or other respiratory ailments to pay close attention to the air quality where they live. Like the weather, air quality can change from day to day or even hour to hour. During the summer when ozone levels rise, the number of people with asthma related symptoms admitted to hospitals and emergency rooms ...

  • Take action this summer to reduce exposure to asthma triggers

    Summer heat is here, and that means it is more important than ever for people with asthma or other respiratory ailments to pay close attention to the air quality where they live. Like the weather, air quality can change from day to day or even hour to hour. During the summer when ozone levels rise, the number of people with asthma related symptoms admitted to hospitals and emergency rooms ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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