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    Hi folks, I'm looking to know how do other EHS departments store and manage their medical records?  Currently we use Microsoft access for maintaining a list of who participates in medical surveillance such as those who need hearing conservation, fit ...

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    Here's an OSHA interpretation for tight-fitting face piece question ( https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/2016-05-09 ). If you mean PAPR's that are "hoods" my concern has always been what happens when the battery dies in the middle ...

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    Does anyone have a policy in place for employees that have facial hair but are required to wear a respirator? Is it mandatory that they shave or do you offer them the use of a PAPR? We have some areas where a PAPR may not be feasible so I wanted to see ...

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    Please find a recording of the presentation in the CSHEMA Library here along with a few resources. ------------------------------ Ryan Lickteig Director, Environment, Health and Safety University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City KS 913-588-1081 ...

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    I would be interested in knowing if the webinar was recorded? I could not attend live. Thanks. Gary W. Bangs, MPH, CIH Clinical Industrial Hygienist Harborview Occupational Medical Clinic (206) 744-0638 ------Original ...

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    From Kelsie: *** Hi Everyone, Thank you for registering for today's online learning program, Indoor Air Quality: Best Practices, Case Studies and Future Initiatives, beginning at 2:00pm EST. There was an error in yesterday's email with ...

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    Did the IAQ webinar today get rescheduled for November 13?  I can't seem to access it. ------------------------------ Ryan Lickteig Director, Environment, Health and Safety University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City KS 913-588-1081 ------------ ...

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    Robert, Don't forget NFPA 45, 55, ANSI/AIHA Z9.2 &9.5 Best, Mike Sent from Mail for Windows 10 ------Original Message------ I'm working on a presentation about Academic EHS for some upper management types and I need ...

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    Hi Robert, How about NFPA 45! ------------------------------ Joan Wickersheim Assistant Director - Research and Academic Safety University of Texas Dallas Richardson TX ------------------------------

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    No just thinking off the top of my head. That's all I have. ------Original Message------ The DEA licenses we have are for our Vets, MDs, and pharmacy - no research licenses. Homeland security - CFATS isn't lab specific; did you have something ...

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    The DEA licenses we have are for our Vets, MDs, and pharmacy - no research licenses. Homeland security - CFATS isn't lab specific; did you have something other in mind? -- Robin

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    DEA for controlled substances? Homeland Security? ------Original Message------ Yes - regs that apply only to wet labs, and have no application outside of the lab. I was just kind of surprised that I could come up with so few lab only regs. ...

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    Yes - regs that apply only to wet labs, and have no application outside of the lab. I was just kind of surprised that I could come up with so few lab only regs. -- Robin

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    Got it. Lab safety not my program so just guessing ------Original Message------ Hi Mike, I believe that Robert meant he was compiling those reg's, etc. which only apply in a wet lab setting and don't also apply outside ...

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    Hi Mike, I believe that Robert meant he was compiling those reg's, etc. which only apply in a wet lab setting and don't also apply outside of labs. So, just the few that are specific to labs with no further applications elsewhere. ...

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    OSHA toxic chemicals (lead, cadmium, chromium, etc.)? Silica if they're mixing high temp cement for ovens? How come the others are "outside" the wet labs? Not sure what you mean by that one. ------Original Message------ I'm working ...

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    I'm working on a presentation about Academic EHS for some upper management types and I need to quickly go over which regs apply only to certain groups, and which are broadly applicable. In thinking about regs that are *exclusive* to labs and bench research ...

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    Hi Susan, Assuming a screen would be allowed I would think it would need to be made of stainless steel and even that might corrode over time. Good luck on this one ------Original Message------ Out of dozens of conversations ...

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    Out of dozens of conversations about why a fume hood/system is in some version of dysfunction and troubleshooting failure modes, I have fantasized...what if fume hood design included a screen that caught the kim wipes, paper towels, foil flask tops, etc ...

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    Hi Brandon, I am gifted with the responsibility annually certifying and making sure the fume hoods on our campus are operating properly.  One of the most common and expensive problems that we see is when dust collects onto the rods that actuate the valves ...

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    Cornell University is seeking a Senior Industrial Hygienist to support University operations and programs on the Ithaca campus. Please click the link below to learn more and to apply. Click Here for positions details and qualifications , or got to  ...

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    Hello Ron, Our office was presented with the same issue, and we acquired our Gasmet DX4040 last fall.  Although there was a bit of a learning curve in the beginning, we are now using it in a variety of settings (autopsy, ORs for waste anesthetic gas ...

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    We have an MIRAN Sapphire, however per a conversation with technical representative with ThermoFisher it's becoming obsolete and parts may be problem in the future.  Given this concern we have been looking into Gasmet's DX4040 FTIR (Fourier Transform ...

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    We conducted sampling last year in our cage wash areas out of the same need. It was spurred from the workers wanting to move to N95 disposable masks instead of the PAPRs. Our results indicated that the N95 would not have a sufficient enough protection ...

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    Friendly reminder about the Industrial Hygiene CoP call on 10/10/19 @ 3:30 EST. https://iu.zoom.us/j/940950795 ------------------------------ Susana Gonzalez Safety Manager San Jacinto College Pasadena, TX 281-998-6129 susana.gonzalez@sjcd.edu --- ...

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    Hello all, Our university is planning on updating our laboratory animal allergen control plan soon, and we'd like to re-do our allergen exposure monitoring. Our last full analysis of it was about 10+ years ago, so I'm not sure what methods are the best ...

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    Hi Will, It's a good conversation thanks for your comment. I admit my own confusion though. I'm not aware of what info you are referring to could you help me locate it, please? You mentioned ABIH and said they wanted more members. ...

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    Hi Robin, Appropos of everything , ASSP has an IH Practice Specialty (PS) for the same reasons we have an IH COP to share questions and resources. IH is part of safety and many years ago as an IH I asked the then ASSP IH PS Administrator ...

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    Hi Robin, Waaaaaaayyyyyy back in my asbestos days, we monitored work in a Federal Building with amosite spray-on above a drop ceiling with tiles in tracking. They used a porta-cube from one of the makers at the time. Later I worked ...

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    Probably the same reason the ABIH is putting out information for radiation safety that really should fall to a health physicist: trying to increase their scope and gather more members. Sincerely, Will William ...

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    I have a building with asbestos textured plaster ceiling.  I put an encapsulate paint on the areas that I couldn't afford to abate.  Glad I was able to remove most of them. ------------------------------ Patricia Haley Senior EHS Specialist Villanova ...

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    Apropos of nothing, I suppose - but the ASSP has put out this survey for their IH practice specialty folks. Why does ASSP have an IH practice specialty? https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5212570/2019-Industrial-Hygiene-Practice-Specialty-Member-Survey ...

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    Mark your calendars and join us for our upcoming meeting! WHAT:  Industrial Hygiene Community of Practice Meeting WHEN:  Thursday, Oct. 10 th @ 3:30 ET / 2:30 CT WHERE:  Your desk via ZOOM                  https://iu.zoom.us/j/940950795     ...

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    We have blockplans on our website showing ACM ceiling locations. There's notes on the plans to call EHS before moving ceiling tile. Sometimes we meet the trades that need up there, sometimes we have OPP's in-house ACM team do it. We've been working ...

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    Hi Robin - If the "popcorn ceiling" above the drop-in ceiling has started to deteriorate and it is known/unknown to contain asbestos, than all cleanup should be completed by an asbestos contractor.  In addition, a CAC should be consulted about the ...

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    We have a good handle on which popcorn is ACM and which isn't - unfortunately most of our is. So ... ------------------------------ W. Robert Newberry ES Director Clemson University Clemson SC 864-656-1806 ------------------------------

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    Hi Robin, That's a great question. Is the popcorn known to be asbestos-containing material (ACM) or is it only suspected? That might make a difference in procedures. Thanks, Jon ------Original Message------ We're ...

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    We're updating our procedure for handling drop ceiling tiles that are located beneath old popcorn textured ceilings. Anyone have a procedure they'd like to share? -- Robin

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    Beware there are concerns that reactive air cleaning technology could generate byproducts that could degrade air quality. Based on a Google search I could not find independent or non manufacturer research or studies on this technology. From my ...

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    Greetings! We have, for years, specified that drain pans and certain sections of HVAC supply ductwork either be painted with an antimicrobial paint or have inherent antimicrobial properties.  We are now being challenged to allow the use of bi-polar ionization ...

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    Hi Robin, The Indoor Air Quality webinar presented by Kate Cavanaugh is a general CSHEMA webinar. Let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks, Kelsie ------------------------------ Kelsie Holt Educational Program Manager CSHEMA Bloomington ...

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    Hi Jason! So glad you posted in the IH COP! I can relate to being new to academia. I have been at WashU for 1.5 yrs, with my prior experience in industry and consulting, so we can learn together. You have such a great pool of folks (as you have already ...

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    The biggest issue is the unknown. With researchers working on the cutting edge by default we often have to be on the cutting edge of safety. Many of the questions I get I can't go find an exact answer for so I have to use the basics to get an idea and ...

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    What are the biggest issues for an industrial hygienist in higher education? With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning . . . . Let me count the ways! The depth and breadth and height of our duties are so varied. No two institutions are ...

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    Jason, Don't forget asbestos, lead, PCB's, silica in construction / renovation hearing conservation, ergonomics, PPE programs, etc etc etc etc You might want to take a look at some other schools websites to see what ...

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    Hi Jason, Welcome to the wacky world of IH in academia! It's a great career, lots of cool challenges, and tons o' fun with our peers here! I like your question and am happy to start off the conversation. It might be how to help ...

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    Andy, We had a similar concern here with some labs using large dewers of liquid nitrogen (mainly for NMR research).  Not sure about the expansion ratio of CO2 but probably close with N2 at about 680-700 at STP??  Obviously the container volume amount ...

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    Andy, When I worked at Disneyland Resort, they had an oxygen-displacing gas program, which required air monitors and alarms in the walk-in coolers which had the systems.  They used the CO2 mainly for the beer kegs (on the California Adventure Park), so ...