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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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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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More Safety Training Tips

Back in September, we posted some training tips. Here are some more suggestions from Janet Keyes, CIH: Safety training programs should be updated whenever changes are needed. Here are a few triggers: Your processes have changed There are changes in … Continue reading

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OSHA Withdraws Proposed Occupational Noise Interpretation

OSHA announced they are withdrawing their proposed interpretation of the noise standard, which would have clarified the term “feasible administrative or engineering controls” of noise hazards. According to OSHA’s press release: “Hearing loss caused by excessive noise levels remains a … Continue reading

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Respiratory protection documents available in Spanish

OSHA has posted the following information on Spanish language documents : Spanish translations of respiratory protection documents now easier to find online Direct links to Spanish translations of two documents on respirator use are now on OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Safety … 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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Safety Updates: Free Training, Firefighters’ Particulate Exposure, and coming changes to MSDS’s

Janet Keyes, CIH, recently attended the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHCe) in Denver.  We have been featuring some of the highlights from that conference. (see blogs on NIOSH and OSHA, control banding and skin exposures). This will be … Continue reading

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OSHA and NIOSH: Recent discussion at Industrial Hygiene Conference

Janet Keyes, CIH, recently attended the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHCe) in Denver.  We will be featuring some of the highlights from that conference. Dr. David Michaels, head of OSHA, and Dr. John Howard, head of NIOSH, presented … 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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