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  • 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 ...

  • OSHA warns that worker exposure standards are out-of-date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a news release that stated, “While many chemicals are suspected of being harmful, OSHA's exposure standards are out-of-date and inadequately protective for the small number of chemicals that are regulated in the workplace.”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

  • Phosgene testing recommended to prevent worker exposure

    EMSL Analytical offers testing solutions to ensure safe work environments across many industries. Phosgene is a colorless gas that is used as an industrial reagent and building block in organic synthesis in numerous manufacturing processes. Small amounts of phosgene also occur naturally from the breakdown and combustion of chlorinated compounds and chlorine containing organic compounds. It is a ...


  • Laboratory Worker Dies following Exposure to Neisseria meningitidis

    Recently, MSNBC published a report about a young laboratory researcher working at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center becoming infected with Neisseria meningitides.  Tragically, the employee died less than 24 hours of complaining of a headache and nausea.   Meningococcal disease describes infections caused by the ...

  • Solvents and Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure Risks

    Several years ago, a study published in Neurology by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues focused new attention on occupational exposures to solvents. The study examined data from over 2,100 retired male utility workers from the French national utility company and assessed their lifetime exposures to fumes from a broad range of solvents.  Researchers ...

  • Protecting Workers’ Families from Secondhand Asbestos Exposure

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 125 million people are exposed to asbestos in the workplace. WHO estimates that 107,000 die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposures and that one in three deaths from occupational cancer is caused by asbestos.   Workers are not ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Protecting Workers and the Public from Exposure to the Zika Virus

    Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued travel guidance that recommends pregnant women avoid travel to a neighborhood in Miami where several Zika infections were recently confirmed and the agency found persistent mosquito populations. The unprecedented travel warning for an infectious disease in a neighborhood in the United States highlights the seriousness ...

  • CH2M Hill Hanford Fined for Radioactive Exposure of Workers

    WASHINGTON, DC, November 20, 2006 (ENS) - The Department of Energy (DOE) has notified CH2M Hill Hanford Group, CHG, that it will fine the company $82,500 for violations of the department's nuclear safety requirements. CHG is the prime contractor responsible for managing the storage and retrieval of highly radioactive and hazardous waste at the Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state. ...

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Protecting Workers from Exposure to Engineered Nanoparticles

    Nanotechnology, as defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials and devices. This technology promises scientific advancement in sectors including medicine, consumer products, energy, materials and manufacturing. According to the Occupational Safety & Health ...

  • Moving to Protect Workers from Potential Nanoparticle Exposure

    TSI’s NanoScan SMPS Nanoparticle Sizer Measures Airborne Nanoparticle Size Distribution and Concentration The new NanoScan SMPS Nanoparticle Sizer from TSI Incorporated is a small, portable instrument developed to provide an affordable method to measure the size ...


    By TSI Incorporated

  • Potential Microbial Exposure Risks from Eyewash Stations Meant to Protect Workers

    A number of industries are required to provide eyewash facilities for their workers as part of their critical emergency safety equipment. Eyewash stations can help to mitigate injuries to a worker whose eyes have been accidentally exposed to a physical, chemical or biological agent. Eyewash stations, whether permanently connected to a source of potable water or having self-contained ...

  • Heat-related exposure claims life of a contract worker at a petroleum refinery

    Employer name: JV Industrial Cos. Ltd., headquartered in Pasadena, Texas, was contracted by Valero St. Charles Refinery in Norco, Louisiana, to demolish piping in its sulfuric acid alkylation unit. Citations issued: Sept. 16, 2015 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational ...

  • New York Firm Protects Workers from Exposure Hazards to Welding Fumes

    Of the more than 500,000 workers in U.S. that are involved in welding, cutting, and brazing, many are employed in occupations in New York City and the surrounding tri-state region.  These can be dangerous occupations according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which reports that the risk from fatal injuries alone is more than four deaths per thousand workers over a ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Further Protect Workers from Beryllium Exposure

    In 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposal to amend its existing exposure limits for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in general industry. It would promulgate a substance-specific standard for general industry regulating occupational exposure with a new permissible exposure limit (PEL). The proposed rule would also provide for ...

  • Midwest Workers Warned of Risks Associated with Crystalline Silica Exposure

    Many workers across Illinois and the Midwest are exposed to dusts and airborne materials each day they go to work.  For workers involved with dusts from crushed rocks, soil, dirt, gravel, or sand, there are specific concerns over exposure to crystalline silica and a medical condition that may develop known as silicosis.   Crystalline silica is a basic component of soil, sand, granite, ...


    By EC2 Inc.

  • Worker Illness After Nanomaterial Exposure Examined in First U.S.

    A U.S. worker suffered adverse health effects after handling nickel nanoparticles, according to a published case study that appears to be the first of its kind. A chemist developed throat congestion with postnasal drip, flushing of the face and skin sensitivity to metals within a week of exposure to nickel nanoparticles, according to a case study published May 8 in the online version of the ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Protecting Workers and Residents of New York from Exposure Hazards to Solvents

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that millions of workers in the United States are exposed to solvents on a daily basis. The agency goes on to state that 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 ...


    By VOETS, LLC

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