Controlling toxic exposure on a production line

Factory workers in nearly every industry face exposure to toxic chemicals on almost every shift. From cleaning solvents to machine degreasers, workers risk damage to the skin, lungs or eyes that could lead to chronic disabilities or life-threatening conditions. Supervisors have a duty to protect their workers from on-the-job injuries. Often, this means providing the…


Which workers risk exposure to hydrogen sulfide?

If inhaled in high enough concentrations for too long, hydrogen sulfide, sometimes called H2S gas, can be deadly. Although industries have exposure limits put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is up to each individual employer to maintain the monitoring equipment and enforce proper safety protocols. Like any occupation, productivity…


Glutaraldehyde – A hazard for healthcare workers

Though they may not know it, many healthcare workers are regularly exposed to glutaraldehyde. When inhaled in sufficient quantities or accidently ingested, this disinfectant can result in adverse health effects. In this blog post, we will discuss the effects of glutaraldehyde exposure and some things healthcare workers can do to protect themselves. What is glutaraldehyde?…


Exposure to diacetyl endangers coffee roasters

The smell of roasting coffee is one of the things that draw people to artisanal coffee shops. People who live or work around large-scale coffee roasting operations also enjoy this smell as they are out and about. But a hidden chemical in that aroma present a significant risk to people who work in and around…


Cleaners face higher risks for lung and heart disease

At first glance, custodial work may appear to be a low-stress and laid-back occupation. Many cleaners find that the work is not overly demanding in physical terms – it just requires diligence and thoroughness. Custodial work performed in office buildings is rarely dangerous. Often, cleaners work in the evening after other workers have gone home and…


Hazards of manual fluid sampling in oil fields

Fluid sampling and gauging are routine tasks in oil production fields across the nation. Unfortunately for oil workers, these tasks can be very hazardous. Between 2010 and 2014, nine deaths in oil fields occurred due to exposure to hydrocarbon gas and lack of oxygen during the fluid sampling or gauging process, including one death in…

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