Industrial Hygiene http://ehstoday.com/taxonomy/term/6603/more en CDC Study Says One in Four U.S. Adults have Hearing Damage http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/cdc-study-says-one-four-us-adults-have-hearing-damage <div class="field-deck"> In a recent study, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found that many U.S. adults have damage from noise exposure despite reporting good hearing. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Even if a person doesn&rsquo;t have job-related noise exposure, he/she still could experience hearing damage or loss at home or in the community.</p> <p>A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)&nbsp;discovered one in four U.S. adults, as young as their early 20s, have hearing damage caused by loud noises encountered in everyday activities outside of the workplace.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/cdc-study-says-one-four-us-adults-have-hearing-damage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/cdc-study-says-one-four-us-adults-have-hearing-damage#comments Health Hearing Protection Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wellness Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:27:00 +0000 52871 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Part II: Are You Ready for OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard? http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/part-ii-are-you-ready-osha-s-new-respirable-crystalline-silica-standard <div class="field-byline"> Luis Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP </div> <div class="field-deck"> This is the second article in a three-part series reviewing OSHA’s standard for respirable crystalline silica. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In Part I of this series analyzing OSHA&#39;s crystalline silica standard, I mentioned that the <a href="https://www.osha.gov/silica/" target="_blank">new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica</a> is 50 &micro;g/m3 with an action level of 25 &micro;g/m3. A series of requirements will be in effect depending on the employee&rsquo;s exposure.</p> <p><strong>Exposure Assessment</strong></p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/part-ii-are-you-ready-osha-s-new-respirable-crystalline-silica-standard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/part-ii-are-you-ready-osha-s-new-respirable-crystalline-silica-standard#comments OSHA Health Industrial Hygiene News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:06:00 +0000 52831 at http://ehstoday.com <p>On March 25, 2016, OSHA published the long-awaited respirable crystalline silica rule, which the agency says will affect 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries and this hydraulic fracturing operation in Colorado.</p> Thinkstock Are You Ready for OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard? http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/are-you-ready-osha-s-new-respirable-crystalline-silica-standard <div class="field-byline"> Luis Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP </div> <div class="field-deck"> The first in a three-part series of articles analyzing OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline silica standard, this article from Luis Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP, discusses the new PEL and how it might impact employers in general industry and the maritime industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On March 25, 2016, <a href="https://www.osha.gov/silica/" target="_blank">OSHA published the long-awaited respirable crystalline silica rule</a>, which the agency says will affect 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries and hydraulic fracturing.</p> <p>This rule took effect on June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to comply:</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/are-you-ready-osha-s-new-respirable-crystalline-silica-standard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/are-you-ready-osha-s-new-respirable-crystalline-silica-standard#comments OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:48:00 +0000 52811 at http://ehstoday.com Ken Jennings to Keynote Annual Industrial Hygiene Conference http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/ken-jennings-keynote-annual-industrial-hygiene-conference <div class="field-deck"> All-time “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings and Dr. John J. Medina, leading brain scientist, will present at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo, June 4 through June 7 in Seattle. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The American Industrial Hygiene Association has announced the&nbsp;headlining speakers for its American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce EXP).</p> <p>Ken Jennings, all-time &ldquo;Jeopardy!&rdquo; winner, will kick off the 77th annual event which will be held in Seattle from June 4 through June 7. His presentation is titled, &quot;Life in the Form of a Question,&rdquo; according to the AIHA.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/ken-jennings-keynote-annual-industrial-hygiene-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/ken-jennings-keynote-annual-industrial-hygiene-conference#comments Industrial Hygiene News Wellness Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:45:00 +0000 52781 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Six Ways to Leverage Chemical Labeling To Increase Safety and Supply Chain Efficiencies http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/six-ways-leverage-chemical-labeling-increase-safety-and-supply-chain-efficiencies <div class="field-byline"> Greg Wimble </div> <div class="field-deck"> How can you leverage innovations in enterprise barcode labeling to help your chemical company succeed in a highly regulated, highly competitive global marketplace? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Labeling is complex; today&rsquo;s chemical manufacturers are faced with a range of evolving requirements that complicate the process, and many companies accept this process as the cost of doing business. But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be.</p> <p>Labeling can make a huge difference, enabling IT and supply chain decision makers to not just overcome challenges, but also provide their company with a distinct competitive advantage. There are just six questions you have to ask yourself to find out.</p> <p><strong>How Can Labeling Improve Supply Chain Processes?</strong></p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/six-ways-leverage-chemical-labeling-increase-safety-and-supply-chain-efficiencies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/six-ways-leverage-chemical-labeling-increase-safety-and-supply-chain-efficiencies#comments GHS Emergency Management OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:18:00 +0000 52711 at http://ehstoday.com No Thrills on Blueberry Hill: Maine Blueberry Processor Takes Steps to Protect Public From Chemical Exposure http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/no-thrills-blueberry-hill-maine-blueberry-processor-takes-steps-protect-public-ch <div class="field-deck"> As part of an EPA settlement, the owner of a blueberry processing facility in Hancock, Maine has come into compliance with federal requirements designed to protect the public and first responders from exposure to hazardous chemicals. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hancock Foods operates a blueberry processing plant and cold storage warehouse in Hancock, Maine, where it uses anhydrous ammonia in its refrigeration systems. In March 1999, the facility first submitted a risk management plan (RMP), which is required for all facilities using certain amounts of extremely hazardous substances, including anhydrous ammonia, in order to help local fire, police and emergency response personnel prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/no-thrills-blueberry-hill-maine-blueberry-processor-takes-steps-protect-public-ch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/no-thrills-blueberry-hill-maine-blueberry-processor-takes-steps-protect-public-ch#comments EPA Environment Industrial Hygiene News Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:26:00 +0000 52661 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Get Life-Saving Training, Whenever, Wherever http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/get-life-saving-training-whenever-wherever <div class="field-byline"> By Jeremy DaValle </div> <div class="field-deck"> According to OSHA, there were 4,821 workers killed on the job in 2014. These fatalities range from slips and falls to improper use of respiratory protection, and proper training is one tool that might have protected them. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>My experience as a gas detection trainer has taught me that it is important to make sure that all workers within a company properly are trained on the equipment they use. I often have seen someone power on a gas detector and then hand the equipment over to another worker without any training in the use of the equipment.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/get-life-saving-training-whenever-wherever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/get-life-saving-training-whenever-wherever#comments Industrial Hygiene Training Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:10:00 +0000 52581 at http://ehstoday.com Workers at Hanford Nuclear Site Could Get Protection During Clean Up http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/workers-hanford-nuclear-site-could-get-protection-during-clean <div class="field-deck"> Workers at the largest nuclear contamination site in the United States could get immediate treatment for certain illnesses stemming from their work environment if state legislation passes. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Exposure to harmful vapors and nuclear waste is an everyday occurrence for employees stationed at the Hanford Reservation in Washington.</p> <p>State lawmakers are calling for United States Department of Energy workers, contractors and subcontractors to be protected and treated for certain occupational diseases directly attributed to working with radioactive material and toxic substances.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/workers-hanford-nuclear-site-could-get-protection-during-clean" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/workers-hanford-nuclear-site-could-get-protection-during-clean#comments Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wellness Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:46:00 +0000 52571 at http://ehstoday.com EPA: Air Emissions of Toxic Chemicals from Industrial Facilities Down More Than Half Since 2005 http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-air-emissions-toxic-chemicals-industrial-facilities-down-more-half-2005 <div class="field-deck"> The annual Toxics Release Inventory National Analysis of toxic chemical releases from 22,000 U.S. facilities shows that emissions of toxic chemicals into the air continue to decline. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA released its annual <a href="http://www.epa.gov/trinationalanalysis" target="_blank">Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis</a>, which offers some good news about air quality in the United States. According to the TRI National Analysis, releases of toxic chemicals into the air fell 56 percent from 2005 to 2015 at industrial facilities submitting data to the TRI program, and it showed an 8 percent decrease from 2014 to 2015.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-air-emissions-toxic-chemicals-industrial-facilities-down-more-half-2005" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-air-emissions-toxic-chemicals-industrial-facilities-down-more-half-2005#comments EPA Environment Health Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:29:00 +0000 52481 at http://ehstoday.com Employer Cited for Repeat and Failure to Abate for Exposing Workers to Airborne Silica http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/employer-cited-repeat-and-failure-abate-exposing-workers-airborne-silica <div class="field-deck"> OSHA proposes nearly $89,000 in penalties after determining New Jersey concrete manufacturer County Concrete Corp. failed to abate hazards found during a previous inspection. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="https://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/CountyConcreteCorp_1162893.pdf" target="_blank">OSHA issued citations for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations to County Concrete Corp.</a>, after an inspection on July 19, 2016 determined that the company failed to abate hazards found in a 2013 inspection. At that time, OSHA cited the company for 18 safety and health violations, and assessed $153,900 in penalties.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/employer-cited-repeat-and-failure-abate-exposing-workers-airborne-silica" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/employer-cited-repeat-and-failure-abate-exposing-workers-airborne-silica#comments OSHA Industrial Hygiene News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:51:00 +0000 52471 at http://ehstoday.com <p>OSHA claims two County Concrete employees were exposed to silica above the permissible limit as they cleaned concrete mixers.</p> Getty Images