Industrial Hygiene en Is 3D Printing Safe? <div class="field-deck"> A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene explores the potentially harmful VOCs found in the 3D printing process. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A decrease in price and an increase in interest in three-dimensional (3D) printers have resulted in more of them in the workplace and in homes. However, questions surfacing about potential health effects of using this technology.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety IoT News Thu, 25 May 2017 16:47:00 +0000 55221 at <p>Can the VOCs emitted by 3D printers be harmful to the people using them?</p> OSHA: Republic Steel Exposed Employees to Excessive Lead Levels <div class="field-deck"> Canton, Ohio automotive steel manufacturer Republic Steel is cited for repeated and serious violations after failing to guard machines, lack of lockout/tagout devices and exposing employees to lead. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A maintenance worker at Republic Steel, an automotive steel manufacturer, suffered severe injuries because the company failed to guard machines and provide lock-out devices, an OSHA investigation found.</p> <p>The Canton, Ohio-based manufacturer faces $279,578 in proposed penalties after the agency&rsquo;s investigators found workers at its&nbsp;plant were exposed to machine hazards and lead.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wed, 24 May 2017 17:44:00 +0000 55201 at Thinkstock Heather Von St. James: Why I Fight <div class="field-byline"> Heather Von St. James </div> <div class="field-deck"> Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma three months after her daughter was born and was given 15 months to live. She fought back and over the last 11 years, has dedicated her life to fighting for a ban on asbestos. This is her story, in her words. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>&ldquo;Was your dad a miner or did he work in construction of any kind?&rdquo;</p> <p>These are not the typical questions that you get from your doctor when you&rsquo;ve just been diagnosed with cancer. But I was being asked those questions for a reason. I was 36 years old and found out I had a <a href="" target="_blank">nefarious and rare cancer called mesothelioma</a>, the cancer almost always caused by asbestos exposure.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership EPA Health Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 23 May 2017 14:32:00 +0000 55181 at <p>When Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma &ndash; a rare cancer most closely association with exposure to asbestos &ndash; her doctor asked her if her dad had been a miner or a construction worker. She was exposed to asbestos through the dust that permeated his clothing and his car. Her father died of cancer in February. Here he is with his granddaughter, Lilly, who was three-and-a-half months&#39; old when her mother was diagnosed.</p> Heather Von St. James Cal/OSHA Cites Two Companies After Confined Space Death <div class="field-deck"> D&D Construction Specialties Inc. and Tyler Development Inc. are cited for ten serious and three willful violations following a worker's death. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Oct. 21, 2016, a D&amp;D Construction employee entered a drainage shaft to clean out mud and debris.</p> <p>No personal fall protection was utilized as the worker descended via bucket 10 ft. into the shaft, which was 4.5 ft. in diameter and lined with concrete.</p> <p>At some point, the worker lost consciousness due to the oxygen deficient atmosphere in the confined space and fell 40 ft., then drowned in a foot&nbsp;of water.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 10 May 2017 15:37:00 +0000 54961 at Thinkstock President Steven E. Lacey: New Challenges and Opportunities for AIHA <div class="field-deck"> Steven Lacey, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, is the outgoing president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and in a lively interview with EHS Today, he celebrates the successes of the organization, discusses the challenges of both protecting workers and drawing students into the profession and muses about the future of industrial hygiene. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dr. Steven Lacey is a busy man. His day job is associate professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science at the Indiana University (IU) Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Industrial Hygiene Wed, 10 May 2017 15:33:00 +0000 54951 at Photo Credit: Ellen Bugler Manufacturing Future STEM Leaders <div class="field-deck"> As the market for STEM careers grows, government agencies, non-profits and school districts team up to educate and train students about opportunities in the manufacturing field. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Manufacturing is undergoing another revolution. The first was powered by steam water and coal. The second: powered by electricity.</p> <p>Today, we are in the midst of a technological revolution that is changing the proficiencies required for both skilled and unskilled labor to be successful.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Industrial Hygiene Training Tue, 09 May 2017 16:41:00 +0000 54911 at Spokane Business Fined More than $150k for Exposing Employees to Ammonia Leaks <div class="field-deck"> Lack of emergency planning for ammonia leaks put workers at Johanna Beverage Co. of Spokane in harm’s way three times in the past year. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Washington Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I) has fined Johanna Beverage Co. $154,000 for multiple willful, serious and general workplace safety violations related to three ammonia leaks at the facility.</p> <p>In each of the three incidents, when the leaks occurred, employees were unsure what to do, which way to run to escape the corrosive vapors and how to call for emergency help. In one situation last August, panicked employees ran downwind of the leak into the vapor cloud. Eight employees were exposed; one was sickened and taken to the hospital.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Training News Thu, 04 May 2017 14:51:00 +0000 54811 at <p>The company was issued a serious violation for not ensuring that voluntary use of respirators was done safely. During a hazardous situation, improper use of a respirator can result in a serious injury or even death.</p> Thinkstock Getting to "Why" in Your Gas Detection Program <div class="field-byline"> By Josh Futrell </div> <div class="field-deck"> Why comprehensive and real-time information is more important than ever to solve workplace industrial hygiene and safety challenges. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For some of us, the board game Clue, or one of its many variants, was our first foray into the world of investigation. Participants move around the board, gathering facts about a recent murder and eliminating possibilities, to piece together a conclusion like &quot;Ms. Peacock killed Colonel Mustard in the study with a candlestick.&quot; This beloved, somewhat ominous children&#39;s game highlights the importance of answering the big five questions when a critical event occurs: Who? What? When? Where? Why?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene IoT Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:23:00 +0000 54691 at Industrial Scientific CSB: Fatal Airgas Nitrous Oxide Explosion Was No Laughing Matter <div class="field-deck"> The Chemical Safety Board has released its final report into an Aug. 28, 2016 nitrous oxide explosion at an Airgas manufacturing facility in Cantonment, Fla. which killed one worker. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Aug. 28, 2016, an Airgas employee began the process of transferring nitrous oxide into a trailer. A pump being used in the operation heated the gas above its safe operating limit, triggering the nitrous oxide to rapidly decompose in the pump.</p> <p>The reaction then moved from the pump into the trailer and caused an explosion which killed the Airgas operator, scattered large metal fragments for hundreds of feet.</p> <p>The facility also was badly damaged, and Airgas had to stop production of nitrous oxide indefinitely.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene News Wellness Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:40:00 +0000 54671 at Can GHS Be a DIY Project? <div class="field-byline"> Carrie Decatur </div> <div class="field-deck"> The Globally Harmonized System is a DIY project: Countries can pick from a set of building blocks, customizing the hazard classifications implemented as well as the severity of the hazards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>We can all agree that the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) does not go as far in terms of harmonization as we might have hoped. Don&rsquo;t get me wrong; I will take any number of differences in country GHS implementations over the completely different regulatory schemes we had to deal with previously. However, it is human nature to try to continuously improve and determine more efficient ways to cope with the issues we face.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:05:00 +0000 54321 at Thinkstock