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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

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

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