Cashins & Associates Blog

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

Diesel Exhaust: What's in It and Why It's Bad for You

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Wed, Feb, 19, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

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Topics: industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, occupational health, OSHA, air testing, indoor air quality Issues, IEQ, Indoor Environmental Quality, IAQ, Air Quality, Certified Industrial Hygienist, diesel emissions

Industrial Hygiene - Silica Exposure, OSHA Regulations and Health

Posted by Robert Cashins on Fri, Jan, 24, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

A report recently published in CA Cancer Journal Titled “Silica: A Lung Carcinogen” highlights the latest toxicity information relative to silica and lung cancer. In thinking about silica, its toxicity, and OSHA’s disgraceful regulatory history also brings to mind the many other contaminants that workers are being exposed to that either do not have exposure limits or have inadequate limits.

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Topics: health & safety, industrial hygiene, OSHA, Certified Industrial Hygienist

Industrial Hygiene - Hearing Protection Devices

Posted by Eileen Watkins on Fri, Nov, 08, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

If you work in a noisy environment - or if your company is required to implement a Hearing Conservation Program because noise exposures exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 , then you may be using a hearing protection device (HPD).  This article shares some important hearing protection reminders.  It also describes the different types of HPDs and how to use them properly. 

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Topics: industrial hygiene, hearing loss

Cummulative Risk Assessment and Industrial Hygiene Training

Posted by Robert Cashins on Mon, Oct, 28, 2013 @ 15:10 PM

EPA refers to  Cumulative Risk Assessment(CRA) as the analysis, characterization, and possible quantification of combined risks to health or the environment posed by multiple agents or stressors. As the name implies CRA looks at the sum of risks associated with various stressors not just the individual compound of interest. It seems very complicated and is just starting to be used. 

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Topics: industrial hygiene, occupational health, EPA, Hazard Communication, training, risk assessment

How to Pass the LEED Indoor Air Quality Testing Requirement

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Mon, Oct, 21, 2013 @ 15:10 PM

We at Cashins & Associates have provided consulting services to many contractors working on LEED-certified projects. Most of the time, we help in the area of "Indoor Environmental Quality," which deals with the status of the indoor environment before and after construction.

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Topics: industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, air testing, indoor air quality Issues, IEQ, Indoor Environmental Quality, IAQ, LEED, Green Buildings, Green Building

Indoor Air Quality: 5 Signs Your Workplace Has IAQ Problems

Posted by Zachary Keefe on Fri, Oct, 18, 2013 @ 15:10 PM

Whether or not an interior space has good indoor air quality usually hinges on one thing: how much fresh air is being delivered.

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Topics: industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, ventilation assessment, air testing, indoor air quality Issues

Industrial Hygiene - Lead Decontamination

Posted by Mike Cashins on Mon, Sep, 23, 2013 @ 08:09 AM

The OSHA Construction Lead Standard requires that employers shall provide adequate hand washing facilities for use by employees exposed to lead in accordance with 1926.51(f). The General Industry Lead Standard requires employees to wash their hands and face prior to eating, drinking, smoking or applying cosmetics if they are exposed above the PEL.

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Topics: industrial hygiene

Safety and Health - Can PCBs Cause Diabetes?

Posted by Mike Cashins on Tue, Feb, 12, 2013 @ 08:02 AM

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) belong to a group of commercially-made organic compounds also known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. From 1929 to their ban in 1979, these compounds were used in a wide variety of commercial and industrial processes because of they were anti-corrosive, chemically stable, and had a high boiling point. It was also mixed with products as a plasticizer in order to make things more durable, flexible, and weather-resistant.

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Topics: health & safety, industrial hygiene

Industrial Hygiene - GHS and the NFPA 704 Standard

Posted by Mike Cashins on Thu, Dec, 13, 2012 @ 11:12 AM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a notice of proposed rule making amendment for the Hazard Communication Program (1910.1200). The new amendment for the Hazard Communication Program is called the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) which will be in full effect by June 1, 2015.

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Topics: health & safety, industrial hygiene

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