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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

  • 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 ...

  • 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)

  • New Occupational Exposure Limits Set for Peracetic Acid

    Can You Ignore the Dangers of Peracetic Acid? The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Board of Directors has approved the new 2014 occupational exposure limits, including a new Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL) for Peracetic Acid (PAA). Pressure groups have demanded investigations to study the severe health effects of exposure to PAA in the workplace. ...


    By a1-cbiss

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • Testing for Silica is becoming increasingly important in the workplace

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that 1.7 million U.S. workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in the workplace.Crystalline silica is the scientific name for a group of very common minerals composed of silicon and oxygen. The use of the minerals goes back from early civilization all the way to modern times. Exposure to crystalline silica can ...


  • Lack of workplace controls for Silica causes concerns and citations

    Recently the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed penalties of over $100,000 to a steel casting company for alleged serious and repeated workplace violations. These violations included overexposures to airborne silica and a failure to implement engineering or administrative controls for silica overexposures.Silica is a naturally occurring ...


  • HSE Publish annual workplace fatality statistics

    Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in Great Britain’s workplaces has been released today. The long term trend has seen the rate of fatalities more than halve over the last 20 years. However, provisional figures indicate that 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 – up from 142 in 2014/5. The Health and Safety Executive ...

  • Fiberdome Inc. agrees to limit employee exposure to styrene, accept general duty clause citation issued by OSHA at Lake Mills, Wis., fiberglass plant.

    Fiberdome Inc. has agreed to limit employee exposure to styrene, pay a $2,000 penalty and accept a general duty clause citation under the Occupational Safety and Health Act alleging that an employee was exposed to styrene over the industry agreed-upon level. The agreement resolves all outstanding citations issued to Fiberdome in September 2013 by the U.S. ...

  • 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

  • Rail Equipment Manufacturer Cited In Chemical Exposure Violation

    A Steuben County-based rail manufacturing and repair facility in Hornell, NY, Alstom Transportation Inc., was recently cited with seventeen violations totaling $105,000, following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Among those seventeen citations were four chemical exposure violations ...


    By OSHA Pros USA

  • OSHA cites company for lead exposure violations

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Victory White Metal Co., based in Cleveland, Ohio, over $60,000 after the company was cited for several violations related to lead exposure. Workers were routinely subjected to higher levels of lead than the law permits, despite the fact that the company had previously been warned about the problem in past inspections. Overall, ...

  • Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Asphalt Fumes

    The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 500,000 workers are exposed to fumes from asphalt. Asphalt as it known in the United States, or bitumen, as it is called in many other parts of the world, is found in natural deposits or can be obtained by refining crude oil. The primary use of asphalt is for road construction where it is mixed with granular materials ...

  • Chemical exposures cost California $2.6 billion in 2004

    High mercury levels and more than 100 synthetic chemicals and pollutants have been found in breast milk, umbilical-cord blood, and other bodily tissues of California residents, yet state laws regulating hazardous chemicals have serious gaps and fail to protect public health and the environment, finds a new report by researchers at the University of California. As a result, diseases among ...

  • Arsenic Exposure Risks Discussed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health. Their latest educational video discusses health issues associated with exposure to arsenic in the home and at work.   Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that is widely distributed in the earth's crust and ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • OSHA proposal would lower beryllium levels, increase workplace protections

    The federal government is proposing a new standard that would dramatically lower workplace exposure to beryllium, a widely used material that can cause devastating lung diseases. 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 ...

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