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  • Protecting outdoor workers in cold weather

    Canadian winter months can bring frigid, sub-zero temperatures, and for those who work outdoors, exposure to the cold can be hazardous and put them at risk for injury. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recommends planning ahead to prevent cold-related health problems like hypothermia and frostbite. “Prevention is one of the best ways to deal with many freezing ...

  • 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 ...

  • Respiratory Protection for Workers Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses the importance of respiratory protection for workers in various industries.  “OSHA reports that an estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Hot Temperatures and Protecting Workers from Thermal Stressors

    While the first day of summer may still be a few weeks away, outdoor workers in many places are already experiencing hot weather in their daily routines. There are also countless employees routinely working in hot conditions such as indoor occupations that are subject to radiant heat sources, or physical activities and those with physical contact with heated objects. These workers are ...

  • Protecting workers in industries that utilize cobalt and cobalt compounds

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 14th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). It contained newly reviewed substances that are known or reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans. Included in this list was the metallic element cobalt and cobalt compounds that release cobalt ions in vivo.  According to the National Toxicology Program (NTP), the ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Protect workers’ hearing with Pulsar doseBadge System

    Sound Measurement equipment manufacturer, Pulsar Instruments Plc are warning employers of the dangers of hearing damage due to excessive noise levels or impulse noise in the workplace. The company has recently launched their improved doseBadge system to ensure compliance with the EU Physical Agents (Noise) Directive. The revolutionary doseBadge is a self-contained noise measurement device that ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

  • 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 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.

  • Maryland Passes Asbestos Worker Protection Law

    Beginning October 1, 2012, asbestos remediation workers in Maryland will be facing a fine five times larger then the maximum amount currently allowed by law for violating any environmental laws relating to asbestos in the state. Leaders of the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) say this new fine, a maximum of $25,000, is setting a standard all states should follow. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Identifying Respirable Hazards to Protect Workers in Puerto Rico

    Once each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. The list is compiled from thousands of workplace inspections conducted by federal OSHA staff. Year after year, 1 of the top 10 cited violations involves respiratory protection. OSHA reports that an estimated 5 ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • 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 ...

  • Chicago engineering company fails to protect workers in trench

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Pan-Oceanic Engineering Co. Inc. with willful and repeat safety violations for failing to protect workers from trenching hazards at a Chicago job site. OSHA initiated the inspection after witnessing an employee working in an unprotected trench greater than 8 feet in depth. Proposed penalties total $105,600. "It ...

  • 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 ...

  • The Importance of Proper Respiratory Protection for Millions of Workers

    In October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. For the last several years, the 4th most cited violation has been associated with respiratory protection.   According to OSHA, an estimated 5 ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Protecting Workers from Occupational Hearing Loss

    According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, and an additional 9 million are exposed to chemicals that can damage hearing or balance functions of the ear. An estimated $242 million ...

  • 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

  • OSHA reminds northern Delaware employers to protect workers from heat illness

    With sweltering temperatures impacting northern Delaware today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers to protect their workers from heat illness. OSHA's FREE Heat Safety Tool App can calculate the heat index for a worksite, and displays a risk level to outdoor workers. With a simple click, users ...

  • 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

  • NIOSH Posts Silicosis Update Highlighting the Need for Continued Worker Protection

    In June, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a Silicosis Update.  It discusses how a wide range of workers in numerous industries are exposed to silica-containing dusts and new recently released data about silicosis.   The new data shows that the annual number of silicosis deaths declined 40% from 185 in 1999 to 111 ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Protecting New York’s Workers and Families from Secondhand Asbestos Hazards

    Throughout New York and the tri-state area there are still countless residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional properties with asbestos-containing materials. There are also a number of industries where workers may come into contact with asbestos during their daily activities. Due to the unique properties found in asbestos, these minerals were used for decades in thousands ...


    By VOETS, LLC

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