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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

Indoor Air Quality: Top 10 Things You Might Not Know About Mold

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Tue, Sep, 22, 2015 @ 10:09 AM

Over the past decade or so, mold has received a lot of coverage in the media. It seems that you couldn't go a week without hearing of another "toxic black mold" case, or someone's home being demolished because of a fungal infestation. Unfortunately, more information does not always lead to better understanding. Below are ten facts about mold that you might not be aware of:

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Topics: IAQ

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

Nanoparticles in Consumer Products

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Wed, Sep, 16, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Many people are unaware of it, but nanoparticles (particles that range from 1 to 100 nanometers) are already all around us, and plans are being made to have them be even more ubiquitous.

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Topics: health & safety

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

Aeschliman Joins Cashins as Senior Industrial Hygienist

Posted by Mike Cashins on Wed, Jul, 22, 2015 @ 14:07 PM


Cashins & Associates, Inc. Hires Aeschliman as Senior EHS Consultant


Wakefield, Mass. – July 20, 2015 – Cashins & Associates is pleased to announce that Tim Aeschliman has joined the company as a Senior EHS Consultant.  Tim has eighteen years of health and safety experience in general industry, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene.

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Industrial Hygiene: Quantitative Assessment of Hearing Protectors

Posted by Timothy Aeschliman on Tue, Jul, 07, 2015 @ 14:07 PM


A recurring challenge for industrial hygiene and safety professionals is personal protective equipment and the human factor in its use. Companies assess noise exposures, provide medical monitoring and personal protective equipment, provide training and conduct workplace observations and audits; yet occupational hearing loss continues to occur. What else can be done? Recently, I tested out a quantitative ear plug testing system that evaluates how well ear plugs fit and learned quite a bit about the practical limitations of ear plugs.

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Topics: hearing loss

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