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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 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

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: Ebola Virus in the US

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Oct, 24, 2014 @ 15:10 PM

The first case of human-to-human transmission of the Ebola virus in the US has brought this exotic illness close to home and amplified an already concerned and sometimes fearful public.  This is understandable, given the grim facts of this disease:  the current outbreak in West Africa is the largest in history and almost half of the nearly 8400 cases have resulted in death.  In addition, Ebola is now spreading out of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone as travel-related cases have been reported in Senegal, Spain, and the United States.  To make matters worse, 2 US health care workers have contracted Ebola after caring for an infected patient. 

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Topics: industrial hygiene

Industrial Hygiene - Legionnaire's Disease, What is It?

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Thu, Sep, 18, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

Those of us who were alive back in 1976 probably remember hearing about a mysterious disease that afflicted approximately 220 individuals who attended an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in July of that year.  Sadly, 35 people succumbed to this "new" disease.  The magnitude of the outbreak prompted an immediate investigation by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), who ultimately solved the mystery and gave the disease the name "Legionnaire's Disease".

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Topics: industrial hygiene, Legionnaire's Disease

Indoor Air Quality: The Truth About Toxic Black Mold

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Tue, Aug, 26, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

We are frequently asked questions such as "Is this mold toxic, or just common mold?" 

Or, we get calls from worried building owners or occupants saying that they have discovered "toxic black mold." 

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Topics: industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, indoor air quality Issues, IEQ, Indoor Environmental Quality, IAQ, Air Quality, Mold

Industrial Hygiene: What is Relative Humidity and Why is it Important?

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Fri, Aug, 15, 2014 @ 15:08 PM

We hear the term "Relative Humidity" quite often. It is generally viewed as a simple concept - how much moisture is in the air. It turns out that it's a bit more complicated than this (but not by that much).

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Topics: industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, ventilation assessment, air testing, indoor air quality Issues, IEQ, Indoor Environmental Quality, IAQ, Relative humidity

Industrial Hygiene - Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Tue, Jul, 01, 2014 @ 08:07 AM

While the hot days of summer are a welcome relief after a cold and snowy winter, they can be bittersweet for employees who work in hot conditions.  That is because this group of workers has a high risk of experiencing a heat stress-related illness.

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Topics: industrial hygiene

Industrial Hygiene - Danger: Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Jun, 27, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

Each day, countless workers in the construction, utilities, wastewater, and other industries are exposed to hydrogen sulfide gas.  Also known as H2S, sewer gas, and swamp gas, this compound is best known for its foul, rotten egg odor.  It turns out that this characteristic pales in comparison to hydrogen sulfide's other properties.

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Topics: industrial hygiene

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