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  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • 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

  • TSCA: EPA releases proposed chemical risk evaluation process under new TSCA

    On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a process for conducting risk evaluations to determine whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment, including an unreasonable risk to a potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation, under the conditions of use. 82 Fed, Reg. 7562. The process would not consider ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Coffee Workers and Lung Disease Concerns due to Diacetyl Exposure

    In April, National Public Radio published a report about coffee workers involved with roasting activities and exposure concerns from a chemical known as diacetyl. Diacetyl is a natural by-product of the coffee bean roasting process and is also a man-made chemical that is added to some flavored coffees, microwave popcorn and other food products. The National Institute for Occupational ...

  • Protecting Outdoor Workers from Lyme Disease Exposure Risks

    The most common tick-borne disease in the United States is Lyme disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. The blacklegged tick spreads the disease in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic and north-central United States. The western ...

  • Protecting Outdoor Workers from Excessive Sun Exposure and UV Rays

    With summer just a few weeks away, now is an ideal time for employers to remind their workers about the dangers of sunburns and skin cancer associated with excessive ultraviolet (UV) exposure. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is also true in many other countries, especially those with large ...

  • Texas VA Hospital Investigated for Failure to Protect Workers from Exposure to Asbestos

    Last month the U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Congress detailing what was found after a whistleblower claimed asbestos violations at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital.  The hospital, located in San Antonio, was the center of an investigation conducted by a Medical Inspector from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that began in ...

  • Bioaerosol exposure remains health concern for compost site workers

    Employees working in close-proximity to compost are potentially exposed to large concentrations of bioaerosols, research by the Health and Safety Executive confirmed. However, the report Bioaerosol emissions from waste comoposting and the potential for workers’ exposure highlighted that bioaerosols are “substantially reduced” at 50 to 100m distance downwind from the source when compared with its ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • TSI Moves to Protect Workers from Potential Nanoparticle Exposure

    2012 NanoScan Press Release -  TSI’s NanoScan SMPS Nanoparticle Sizer Measures Airborne Nanoparticle Size Distribution and Concentration Shoreview, Minn. - The new NanoScan SMPS Nanoparticle Sizer from TSI Incorporated is a small, portable instrument ...


    By TSI Incorporated

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