Industrial Hygiene en Poisonous Fumes in Confined Space Lead to Three Worker Deaths <div class="field-deck"> Utility workers die after losing consciousness in a drainage hole due to a buildup of hydrogen sulfide and methane. A rescue worker is in the hospital after removing his air pack to enter the confined space. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Three underground utility workers in Florida died Monday after entering a confined space without the proper protective equipment.</p> <p>The incident, which occurred in Key Largo, Fla., began when the first man removed a manhole cover, entered a 15-foot-deep drainage hole and became unresponsive, according to news reports.</p> <p>The second worker entered with the intention of saving him but also lost consciousness. Likewise, a third man climbed into the hole was overcome by fumes. All three workers perished. None were wearing any respiratory protective equipment.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:07:00 +0000 52421 at Thinkstock EPA Issues Proposed Rules on Chemical Risk Evaluation <div class="field-deck"> New rules target chemical manufacturing, establish a process for identifying high-risk chemicals and prioritize which chemicals should be evaluated. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>After 40 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will have established rules to prioritize and evaluate chemicals in the marketplace and the manufacturing process.</p> <p>The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was signed on June 22, 2016, gives the EPA the authority to look at and regulate unevaluated chemicals in the marketplace originally grandfathered in with the Toxic Substances Control Act.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene News Wellness Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:32:00 +0000 52401 at OSHA Fines CM Truck Beds $535,411 for Two Dozen Violations <div class="field-deck"> Agency discovers trucking company failed to provide respirator fit tests, machine guards, welding protection and did not properly label chemicals. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA recently discovered two dozen violations at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc. after a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the company.</p> <p>Oklahoma-based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which operates as CM Truck Beds, racked up $535, 411 in fines for 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:55:00 +0000 52371 at Final Beryllium Rule Lowers Exposure Limit for Workers <div class="field-deck"> In a final rule issued the first week of 2017, OSHA has lowered the beryllium exposure limit and established new key provisions to protect workers in a broad range of industries. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA&rsquo;s final rule lowering the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium couldn&rsquo;t come soon enough, according to safety industry advocates.</p> <p>About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium during their work day, including 11,500 construction and shipyard workers, according to OSHA. Beryllium, either inhaled or through skin contact, contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer, chronic lung disease and various sudden on-set respiratory ailments among workers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety Standards News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:17:00 +0000 52211 at Thinkstock Heavy-Duty Vacuum Disintegrates Safety Concerns <div class="field-byline"> David Kennedy </div> <div class="field-deck"> The Cianbro facility in Georgetown, Mass., found a way to reduce the potential for employee injuries, unscheduled downtime and wasted manpower in its abrasive blasting operation. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Nearly every manager or supervisor in heavy industry has heard that safety is good for business. According to the OSHA document, &ldquo;Safety and Health Add Value,&rdquo; effective safety and health programs can mean the difference between organizations operating &ldquo;in the black and running in the red.&rdquo;</p> <p>Eliminating manual material handling has some of the biggest potential to improve a company&rsquo;s productivity, product quality and overall business competitiveness.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety News Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:05:00 +0000 52091 at <p>The VAC-U-MAX portable 1020 industrial vacuum is capable of recovering up to 5 tons of material per hour, and can reduce labor costs by more than 50 percent.</p> VAC-U-MAX NIOSH Releases Interim Guidance for Fentanyl Protection <div class="field-deck"> With opiate use on the rise, NIOSH and CDC have posted guidelines for protecting emergency and first responders from exposure. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Fentanyl, an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin, continues to pose hazards to both its users and emergency responders, with no reduction of use in sight.</p> <p>The drug typically is mixed with powder heroin, which causes a higher potential for overdose. When emergency responders need to provide assistance to those experiencing an overdose, they too can be exposed to fentanyl through the inhalation of the powder.</p> <p>Because of this, NIOSH and the CDC have posted interim guidance which steps workers can take to reduce occupational exposure.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eye, Face & Head Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wellness Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:03:00 +0000 51511 at Thinkstock New Respirable Silica Rule Poses Problems for Construction Industry <div class="field-deck"> Supply and demand of technology and ever-changing job sites will make it difficult for employers to remain compliant. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>While the respirable silica rule isn&#39;t in effect until June 23, 2017 for the construction industry, safety professionals are questioning whether they will be able to stay compliant.</p> <p>Tressi Cordaro, principal at Jackson Lewis P.C., gave Safety Leadership Conference attendees a road map to its respirable crystalline silica rule and answered some of those questions.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s just about everywhere, and trying to regulate it is problematic,&quot; Cordaro said. &quot;The question is can employers feasibly do what OSHA is asking them to do?&quot;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Industrial Hygiene Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:51:00 +0000 51161 at Food Flavorings Causing Respiratory Illness in Production Workers <div class="field-deck"> Food flavoring commonly found in popcorn and in air during certain food production processes is causing severe lung, respiratory illnesses among plant workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Respiratory illnesses account for about 2.5 percent of the total recordable illness distribution in food manufacturing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.</p> <p>As research is performed&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12.8px;">on</span><span style="font-size: 12.8px;"> the effects on additives and flavorings during the production process, the CDC and NIOSH continue to make recommendations to protect workers.</span></p> <p>The latest published recommendations focus on obliterative bronchiolitis, a respiratory condition most commonly found with popcorn manufacturing workers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Industrial Hygiene News Wellness Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:01:00 +0000 50911 at NSC 2016: When a Pandemic Strikes, Will You Be Prepared? <div class="field-deck"> What should companies do to protect its workers and the surrounding community from a pandemic? NIOSH's Lisa Delaney spoke to 2016 National Safety Congress attendees about emergency preparedness. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A pandemic could happen at any time, is unpredictable and could cause major disruptions to businesses and communities if transmission of the virus or illness cannot be contained.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Industrial Hygiene News Wellness Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:24:00 +0000 50721 at Thinkstock OSHA Warns of Hazards During Hurricane Matthew Cleanup <div class="field-deck"> Safe work practices and personal protective equipment are recommended after Hurricane Matthew leaves destruction and flooding across the Eastern United States. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Severe flooding, power outages and storm damage were left after the hurricane came up the Florida coast and battered the Carolinas the first week of October.</p> <p>Numerous counties are reporting damage into the hundreds of millions of dollars, and cleanup could take weeks, according to news sources.&nbsp;OSHA is reminding&nbsp;emergency workers, employers and the public at-large about the potentially serious hazards that come with storm cleanup and urges &ldquo;vigilance&rdquo;.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wellness Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:20:00 +0000 50681 at