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Health and Safety Programs:  Some Common Shortfalls

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Nov, 06, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

OSHA regulations and standards apply to virtually every industry. In some cases only a few standards (such as Exit Routes and Recording/Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses) apply. On the other hand, many industries are heavily regulated (think construction, manufacturing, laboratories, and biotech companies).

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Topics: health & safety

New OSHA Standard:  Confined Spaces in Construction

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Oct, 29, 2015 @ 15:10 PM

Confined spaces may contain hazards that can injure, sicken, or even kill the workers that enter them. The hazards may be physical in nature – examples include moving parts, electric shock, and engulfment or entrapment hazards. In addition, atmospheric hazards such as low oxygen levels or dangerous concentrations of toxic vapors and/or gases are also often found.

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Topics: health & safety

Industrial Hygiene - Chemical-resistant gloves: a crash course

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Sep, 17, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Our last blog article focused on health hazards that are caused by skin contact with harmful chemicals.  Many workers wear chemical-resistant gloves to protect themselves from these negative health effects.  There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of gloves on the market.  How do you know which one is best for your chemical workers?  Read on to learn all you need to know about chemical-resistant gloves so that you can make an informed decision the next time you purchase them. It is always a good idea to have a certified industrial hygienist review the glove selection prior to purchasing 

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Topics: Personal protective equipment

Industrial Hygiene - Skin Contact with Chemicals

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Sep, 10, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Countless employers require their workers to handle chemicals, either on a daily basis or periodically when non-routine tasks such as cleaning, periodic maintenance, or testing are performed.  In some workplaces large quantities are handled whereas others may involve much smaller amounts.  In every case it's important to identify chemicals which are hazardous to the skin and to implement measures that will protect the worker from skin exposures.  

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Topics: industrial hygiene

Industrial Hygiene: Working Safely with Arsenic

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Aug, 27, 2015 @ 15:08 PM

Arsenic is a naturally-occurring metal that is found in the earth's crust.  While its toxic properties have been known for centuries -  it was the poison of choice for many ancient rulers who maneuvered to get in power or stay in power - arsenic's chemical properties make it an attractive raw ingredient in various industries including shipbuilding (blasting media and metal coatings may contain arsenic), construction (pressure-treated wood contains chromated copper arsenate), and semiconductor (gallium arsenide is used to manufacture diodes and other components).  In addition, some arsenic-containing pesticides and herbicides are used today despite regulations that prohibit or restrict their use.

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Industrial Hygiene Review: Isocyanates

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Jul, 23, 2015 @ 17:07 PM

Isocyanates compounds have qualities that make them attractive candidates for several different applications.  Unfortunately their toxic properties can seriously harm exposed individuals.  In fact, isocyanates can cause irreversible health effects that can impair workers to the point that they are unable to keep their jobs.  Read on to learn more.

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Topics: industrial hygiene

Industrial Hygiene: Methylene Chloride Review

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Wed, May, 20, 2015 @ 14:05 PM

Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is an organic solvent which can be found in manufacturing facilities, the food industry, furniture refinishing shops, and perhaps even in your own home.  It has the potential to damage your health if you are exposed to harmful concentrations.  Do your employees handle methylene chloride?  Are they at risk of excessive exposures?  Read on to learn more.

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Topics: industrial hygiene

Safety and Health: Vitamins - Can You Get Too Much of a Good Thing?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Apr, 24, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Most of us are aware of the important role that vitamins and minerals play in our overall safety and health. In fact, billions of dollars are spent each year on dietary supplements, presumably because people are concerned that they aren't getting enough of these important nutrients in their diets.  Even if your diet meets the recommended dietary allowances (RDA), what's the harm in consuming higher amounts?

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Topics: health & safety

Industrial Hygiene: Lead - Dangers at Work and at Home

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Tue, Apr, 21, 2015 @ 16:04 PM

Lead is a naturally-occurring element that has many beneficial properties and a corresponding widespread use.  It also, unfortunately, has the ability to damage human health.  Let's look at this age-old metal in order to understand lead's history, its properties, which populations are at risk, and what we can do to reduce our exposures to lead.

Lead's availability in the earth's crust, ability to melt at relatively low temperatures, resist corrosion, and easily mold into various shapes and forms led to wide usage in ancient times.  The early Romans heavily mined and smelted lead in order to make pipes, cooking pots and other everyday items.

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Topics: industrial hygiene, Lead

Industrial Hygiene: Understanding Ultrafine Particles

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Mar, 27, 2015 @ 13:03 PM

Ultrafines are particles which have an aerodynamic diameter that is less than 0.1 microns. They are extremely small - 0.1 microns equal 0.000004 inches. In fact, ultrafines are too small to be seen by the naked eye. 

There are many sources of ultrafines, including printer and copy machines, vehicle emissions, gas furnaces, pollen, construction activities, cleaning products, mold, industrial battery charging stations, and fires.

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