CCOHS put together a nice infographic on some basic information regarding personal protective equipment.
Click past the break to view the full infographic
The Wisconsin Oil & Gas Industry Safety Alliance has produced a fantastic presentation/handout on excavation and trenching safety, including a quiz with answers. Check out what they put together.
Take a look at the handout HERE
Quiz questions (10) provided HERE
Answers to the quiz provided HERE
Sitehawk.com recently published an infographic detailing the pertinent facts relating to the implementation of GHS. While GHS has historically focused on the international community, with early adoption by the European Union and Japan, the GHS trend is moving west and will definitely be in the spotlight in the U.S. in 2012. GHS has already had and will continue to have profound effects on chemical data management initiatives, both for companies that must author and publish material safety data sheets (M)SDS for their chemical products, as well as those companies that must manage (M)SDS and related chemical data for onsite chemical inventories. Below is a summary of the highlights.
The MAK Collection for Occupational Health and Safety now is available on-line and free. It provides the German recommended exposure limits with documentation for chemicals used in Germany and many other countries. The MAK-values are daily 8-hour time-weighed average values and apply to healthy adults. Substance-specific acceptable peak concentrations, including the highest possible duration of such peaks, are defined. If the substance can be taken up through the skin, this is indicated. The MAKs have been collected and evaluated by the Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area – part of the DFG, the German Research Foundation. The MAK values are similar to the ACGIH TLVs and documentation.
You can find the publication HERE
Source: Wiley Online Library
TestAmerica is hosting a free webinar on “Improving the Quality of Industrial Hygiene Air Sampling Data Through Proper Field Practices” on September 20. The webinar will be presented by Mike McGee, CIH and will provide a basic overview on improving the quality of IH data and avoiding common pitfalls.
Variability in sampling data can result from: the skill level and attention of the person performing the sampling, equipment and sampling media, variability of air sampling flow/sampling rate, recording sampling time accurately, environmental factors, documentation, the representativeness of the samples collected, variation in contaminant concentration during sampling, and transportation of samples from the field to the laboratory.
Topics will include:
Register for the webinar HERE.
The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals. The GHS provides 3 basic elements for classification and labeling:
(For a side-by-side comparison of the current hazard communication standard and the new standard, click HERE.)
While not a regulation or a standard, GHS is an attempt to standardize the method in which hazards are communicated in the workplace. It is anticipated that application of the GHS will:
Benefits to companies include:
AIHA recently released the free IH Calculator LITE app, a calculator that aids industrial hygienists in performing OH&S calculations quickly and efficiently on their mobile device. Topics include: Noise, Heat Stress, Ventilation, Exposure Assessment and is complimented with a range of conversions such as volume, distance, pressure, temperature, TLVs, and more. The app is currently only available on Apple products (iOS).
Multiple organizations have adopted laboratory hood safety standards to determine the effectiveness of a hood in limiting occupational exposure. One such measure of determining the effectiveness of the hood is by measuring the speed of air entering the hood (i.e. the face velocity). While face velocity is not the only test method for determining if a hood has the ability to adequately contain the contaminants (see ANSI/ASHRAE 110-1995 Method of Testing Performance of Laboratory Fume Hoods), it is the only performance standard cited by the following organizations.
The Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing support HUD’s vision to reduce hazards in housing in a cost-effective manner while protecting the health of children. TheGuidelines apply to lead hazard evaluation and control in all federally associated housing. This second edition of the Guidelines replaces the 1995 edition, with its lead-based paint inspection chapter revised in 1997.
These Guidelines can be used by those who are required to identify and control lead paint hazards, as well as property owners, landlords, and child-care center operators. They offer helpful advice on renovations in older housing, lead-based paint inspections and risk assessments, and where to go for help. The Guidelines also outline what users have to do to meet requirements and recommendations; identify training – and if applicable, certification – required for people who conduct the work; and describe how the work should be done.
The Guidelines complement regulations that have been issued by HUD, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and policies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While compliance with the Guidelines is not required by law, a Federal, State, or local statute, regulation, legal agreement or other document may require that the Guidelines, or certain parts, be followed.
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