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  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • OSHA Proposes New Rule Aimed at Lowering Worker Exposure to Crystalline Silica

    Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposed rule aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workforce. The new proposal aims to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is a component of soil, sand, granite and other minerals.  Quartz, ...

  • Protecting Workers and the Public from Lead Poisoning Exposure Risks

    This summer, the Portland Press Herald published a series of articles entitled, “Federal law to prevent lead poisoning goes largely unenforced.”  The article discusses the 2010 Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule that is meant to protect the public and workers from lead and lead dust hazards associated with activities dealing with lead-based paints.  The ...

  • OSHA Proposal Could Protect Thousands of Workers from Beryllium Exposure

    On August 6th, it was announced that the federal government was proposing a new standard that would dramatically lower workplace exposure to beryllium.  The proposal would apply to an estimated 35,000 workers covered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “This proposal will save lives and help thousands of workers ...

  • Federal Officials Warn Workers about Erionite Exposure Risks

    This month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted, Erionite: An Emerging North American Health Hazard.  According to the NIOSH post, “Erionite is a naturally occurring mineral that belongs to a group of silicate minerals called zeolites. It is usually found in volcanic ash that has been altered by weathering and ground water. Like naturally occurring ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • ISHM Educates Employers and Workers about Wood Dust Exposure Hazards

    Many workers across the nation are exposed to wood dusts at sawmills, wood processing facilities and during construction and renovation activities.  In 2009, California's Proposition 65 list added wood dust as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer.   Wood dust becomes a potential health problem when wood particles become airborne. Wood dust can be created when ...

  • Secondhand Asbestos Exposure Risks for Families of Some Workers in Puerto Rico

    Due to the unique properties found in asbestos, it was used for decades in thousands of commercial products and building materials. While asbestos-containing materials may have many beneficial attributes, they can also release fibers into the air when they are disturbed and as they age and become friable. Asbestos fibers cannot be seen with the naked eye so ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Occupational Health & Safety Professional Helps Prevent Worker Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium

    Many workers are exposed to hexavalent chromium in the work environment.    Hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium VI, is a toxic form of the element chromium. These compounds are man-made and widely used in many different industries.   Hexavalent chromium compounds are used as chromate pigments in dyes, paints, inks, and plastics.  They may be added as anticorrosive ...

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