Inhalation Hazard Protection for 5 Million Workers

Respiratory protection rounded out the top five OSHA most frequently cited violations of fiscal year 2019. The top 10 list is released every year, and respiratory protection makes frequent appearances. OSHA reported 2,450 violations adding up to $1.5 million in ...
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/ Respiratory Protection

OSHA moving forward with Obama-era beryllium rules

On September 30, OSHA withdrew its proposal to revoke the ancillary provisions of the construction and shipyard beryllium standards. The permissible exposure limit (PEL) and short-term exposure limit (STEL) already have gone into effect, and the agency will implement the ...
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/ Industrial Hygiene

The lead-pipe danger lurking underground

Households across the country may be at risk of drinking lead-tainted water as lead pipes age underground and municipalities struggle to balance high replacement costs with a slew of other urgent infrastructure projects. Why it matters: Exposure to any amount ...
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/ Hazardous Materials

Mandatory Disclosure of Environmental Hazards

Industrial production can lead to pollution of the environment without the knowledge of those who are affected. For example, unsustainable agricultural methods can cause long-term harm to the soil and land, adversely impacting the local community without their consent or ...
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/ Environmental Due Diligence

Hidden Dangers Causing Respiratory Illnesses

Protecting workers from inhalation hazards has been a concern for more than 2,000 years. As far back as the first century, miners used animal bladder skins to protect themselves from inhaling toxic dust. In the present day, protecting workers from ...
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/ Industrial Hygiene

Emergency Response Industrial Hygiene Monitoring

The time is now! Plan for how your facility will conduct emergency response industrial hygiene (IH) monitoring. What should you be looking for in a provider of this service? Because of the unique challenges surrounding emergency response IH monitoring, choose ...
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/ Uncategorized

Lead, chloramines and drinking water safety

Conditions leading to widespread lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan are not unique to the troubled Rust Belt city. In recent decades, many cities have made the switch from chlorine to chloramine for water treatment; this can, without proper management, release ...
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Sick Building Syndrome

The first indicator are high levels of carbon dioxide (the most common of the bio-effluents) emitted by the occupants invoked a physiological response that made the air feel “hot and stuffy”. The second was a build-up of moisture, leading to ...
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/ Indoor Air Quality

EPA sets new Lead Standards

At a time when it is rolling back most environmental safety regulations, the Trump administration is tightening standards for lead dust on floors and window sills in homes and child-care centers. The rule, announced June 21, is meant to reduce ...
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/ Hazardous Materials

Valley fever

Coccidioidomycosis or cocci (pronounced “coxy”), the fungus that causes valley fever, thrives in dry, undisturbed soil. It becomes airborne when that soil is disturbed — whether it’s by dirt bikes, construction crews, or farmers putting in new fruit or nut ...
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/ Industrial Hygiene