Tag Archives: chemical exposure

Silica Standard – At Last!

OSHA published a new standard for crystalline silica today. It’s about time. The standard changes the exposure limit from a complicated formula based on measuring the percentage of quartz in a sample to 0.05 mg/m3, the level NIOSH recommended forty … Continue reading

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Safety tip: Young Workers

Young workers are often hired to assist with summer projects.  They may be at higher risk of injury as they often do not recognize hazards and are provided with less training.  WorkSafe BC published a short brochure designed for younger … Continue reading

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Wild Parsnip-nasty stuff in your garden, on the road

Wild parsnip, is a plant that grows along the side of roadways and in open areas, including gardens.  It probably looks familiar. It causes “phyto-photodermatitis:” Its sap plus sunlight will make your skin redden and blister.  One client employee told … Continue reading

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New California PELs

According to a recent OSHA QuickTakes, California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted lower permissible exposure limits (PELs) for carbon disulfide, hydrogen fluoride, sulfuric acid and toluene. California’s OSHSB adopted the new PELs on January 19, and the changes … Continue reading

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Benefits of a Chemical Inventory

Besides being a requirement, there are several benefits to conducting and maintaining a chemical inventory: Inventory control: By conducting a chemical inventory, you may find that you have chemicals on site that are no longer used or that the chemicals … Continue reading

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Top Training Solutions

Before deciding to do training, we take a look at whether or not training is the solution.  Janet Keyes, Certified Industrial Hygienist and CHESS’s primary trainer, was recently asked about the top workplace incidents that training could help prevent.  This … Continue reading

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Toxic Chemical Exposure Data Available

According to a recent news release from OSHA, OSHA is making data on toxic chemical exposure available. “In keeping with the President’s memorandum on open government, OSHA has released 15 years of data detailing workplace exposures to toxic chemicals. The … Continue reading

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Control Banding: A Method to Control Risks

Janet Keyes, CIH, recently attended the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHCe) in Denver.  Over the next couple weeks we will be featuring some of the highlights from that conference. Control banding is developing as a way to control … Continue reading

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