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  • Managing exposure to nanoparticles in the workplace

    It is estimated that approximately 2 million workers will be employed in nanotechnology industries worldwide in the next fifteen years. A new study reviews an existing framework of occupational risk management and describes possible methods for controlling exposure to nanomaterials in workplaces. The manufacture and use of nanomaterials is increasing. Although this is creating more jobs, those ...

  • Portable Workplace Detector for Trace Toxic Chemicals

    ENMET's new mGC (mini Gas Chromatograph) chemical specific portable instrument is designed to detect threat chemicals below the OSHA permissible exposure limits in the industrial workplace for worker safety. This handheld monitor improves information collected from traditional multi-gas survey instruments by providing details about the chemical composition of the sample. It ...


    By ENMET, LLC

  • Diacetyl and Workplace Exposure Concerns Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses workplace exposure concerns to diacetyl and food flavorings containing diacetyl.  “In recent years, the health effects associated with worker exposure to these chemical compounds has ...

  • New report on workplace exposures to nano-materials

    New research released in April examines the exposure measurement and mitigation of nano-materials in the workplace. The report was released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as part of a series of publications which aim to encourage engagement in the safety implications of nano-materials at the same time as research on new applications is being undertaken. ...

  • OSHA data detail workplace toxic chemical exposure

    OSHA has released 15 years of data providing details of workers" on-the-job exposures to toxic chemicals. The data are measurements taken by OSHA compliance officers during the course of inspections. They include exposures to asbestos, benzene, beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel, silica, and others. The data offer insights into the levels of toxic chemicals commonly found in workplaces, as well as ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Lead Exposure at Ohio Workplace Costs Company $126,700

    � An Ohio-based glass company has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 15 health violations. The company’s projected fines total $126,700. The violations were detected by OSHA following a complaint stating that workers were not provided with adequate protective equipment and were being exposed lead. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Recognizing and Preventing Lead Exposure Risks in the Workplace

    This year has been filled with media reports about lead poisoning hazards faced by the public. Stories have been broadcast about contaminated water in Michigan homes, drinking fountains being shut down in schools in the Northwest and East Coast, and most recently, over 1,000 residents of a housing complex in East Chicago being asked to relocate due to high levels of lead in the soil around their ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • OSHA cites gun range for workplace lead, arsenic exposure

    Employer name: Kremer's Guns LLC, Celina, Ohio Citations received: Sept. 26, 2015 Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Toledo Area Office cited 23 serious safety violations for ...

  • OSHA cites Martin Foundry Co. for workplace lead exposure

    After a judge issued a contempt order forcing a Kansas City foundry owner to allow an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection, the agency has cited Martin Foundry Co. for exposing workers to lead hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA cited the company for five ...

  • OSHA launches national dialogue on hazardous chemical exposures and permissible exposure limits in the workplace

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances. The first stage of this dialogue is a request for information on the management of hazardous chemical ...

  • Hexavalent Chromium Requirements in the Workplace

    If a company works with chromium containing materials such as stainless steel, conducts chemical film or plating operations involving hexavalent chromium (Cr+6) or spray paints with products containing Cr+6, it is required by state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHAs) to take specific actions. As stated in a National Institute of Occupational Safety and ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Eaton remotely operated circuit breaker racking device helps to reduce arc flash exposure and enhance workplace safety

    Power management company Eaton today announced the release of a motorized, remotely operated circuit breaker racking device designed to enhance safety for operators of medium-voltage metal-clad switchgear. By providing a means to remotely insert or remove drawout circuit breakers used in ...


    By Eaton Corporation

  • Initiative launched to encourage quieter workplaces

    A new initiative has been launched to encourage manufacturers to make quieter machinery and businesses to use it, in a bid to reduce noise-related ill health in the workplace. 170,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise at work and the 'Buy Quiet' campaign, led by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), is about getting ...

  • Employees Exposed to Asbestos at Illinois Workplace

    A company in Kankakee, IL has been cited for five health violations concerning asbestos by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The violations were detected after receiving a complaint claiming hazards at the workplace. The total projected fine for the company is $59,400. One of the company’s major repeat violations was their failure to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Styrene

    The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that approximately 90,000 workers are potentially exposed to styrene. Styrene is a type of volatile organic compound (VOC) that is highly flammable and evaporates easily. Styrene is widely used to make plastics, fiberglass, rubber and latex. It is also used to make polystyrene plastics and resins that can be made into ...

  • Mesothelioma and the multiple dangers of asbestos exposure

    While it is common knowledge that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, much of the public is unaware that exposure to asbestos can also cause lung cancer. It has been proven that those who have been exposed to asbestos and continue to smoke cigarettes, the risk of developing lung cancer is increased by as much as 90 times. These individuals are also at a greater risk of ...

  • Testing for Styrene is becoming increasingly important in the workplace

    The US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) states that human exposure to high levels of styrene may induce adverse nervous system effects.Styrene, also known as vinyl benzene, as well as numerous other names, is an organic compound found in many manufacturing processes. Under normal conditions, this aromatic hydrocarbon is an oily liquid. It evaporates easily and has a sweet ...


  • Mesothelioma and the prolonged effects of asbestos exposure

    Considering the recent trial concerning W.R. Grace & Company, the federal government and the citizens of the asbestos-contaminated town of Libby, Montana, the topic of asbestos-related disease has been receiving national attention in the media. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma ...

  • Crystalline Silica Exposure can be Deadly

    Earlier this month it was reported at ClaimsJournal.com that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined a marble and granite company over $40,000 for health and safety violations that included workers being exposed to unsafe levels of crystalline silica particles. According to an OSHA Fact Sheet on crystalline silica, “Silica exposure ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • U-ETUC campaign against workplace cancer

    The European Trade Union Confederation has launched a campaign to address workplace use of carcinogens and work-related cancer. Amongst other measures the ETUI has published a proposal for more binding OELs at EU level. The ETUC’s list of 50 includes diesel engine exhaust, leather dust, formaldehyde, refractory ceramic fibres, respiratory crystalline silica, cadmium and cadmium compounds, ...

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