Industrial Hygiene

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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 ...

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    In the model I ran, STEL is exceeded after 215 minutes, and IDLH would be exceeded after 290 minutes. We have power interruptions on occasion, that is why the researcher wants the CO2 backup. ------Original Message------ What are the predicted ...

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    Good Morning to everyone I am new to Industrial Hygiene in the academic arena, just about six months. To start off I am Jason Krantz, I am an EH&S Officer at Kansas State University and I joined the IH Community to gain knowledge on IH issues and successes ...

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    What are the predicted concentrations of CO2 that would be produced? Do you have issues with unreliable power at your University? ------------------------------ Scott Pottorff Safety Officer University of South Dakota Vermillion SD ----------------- ...

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    I have a researcher who is interested in a CO2 freezer backup system. The benefit of a CO2 backup system is that it keeps the freezer cold when the power goes out and when the compressor fails. One manufacturer lists CO2 usage rates and it appears the ...

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    All of our new and recently renovated buildings have multiple sensors feeding into a central management system for tracking and improving HVAC performance. These sensors are CO2, Humidity, & Temp, installed at various locations throughout the buildings. ...

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    Chemical fume hoods constantly pulling air eventually collect dust in the "hidden" airflow compartments behind the baffles.  This accumulation of dust and other materials (wipes etc). Do you clean these spaces as preventative maintenance? Who cleans ...

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    Hello - We've had about 8 years without MPTP research but two of our labs are now wanting to begin working with this neurotoxin. In reviewing university SOPs I see online, I see some requiring respiratory protection (N95s primarily) and some not, and ...

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    Does anyone have experience with portable waste anesthetic gas scavenging units (e.g. Labconco FilterMate)? Thanks, Brad ------------------------------ [Brad] [King] [[Director, Office of Occupational Safety] [Environmental Health & Safety] [Washington ...

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    Does anyone have experience with portable waste anesthetic gas scavenging systems (e.g. Labconco FilterMate)? ------------------------------ [Brad] [King] [[Director, Office of Occupational Safety] [Environmental Health & Safety] [Washington University ...

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    Attached are a couple responses from EPA on the "thoroughly inspect" issue under the asbestos NESHAP regulations. Also attached is ASTM E2356-14, Standard Practice for Comprehensive Building Asbestos Surveys. Ron Howell -- Ron Howell, ...

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    Yeah, this state's asbestos regs are way overkill. Sampling prior to disturbance, but the re-evaluations can just be verification that there's been no changes since the sampling. -- Robin

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    Dennis, We require consultants to open up walls, remove exterior bricks to look for vapor barriers, core roofs down to decks, pull up carpet, core wood floors to look for multiple tile layers, etc. We also sometimes use infrared cameras to ...

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    Agreed Mike...we are slowly incorporating more safety related initiatives into facility operations as part of the change in safety culture. I now have project managers actually building fall protection features (i.e. anchor points, skylight protective ...

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    Agreed Dennis, Comprehensive surveys are just a resource for reference. We have our consultant do the thorough surveys for specific projects. We provide them with a copy of the state survey for reference. Scott ------Original Message------ ...

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    Interesting discussion as always . . . With regard to these "comprehensive" inspections, just how comprehensive can they really be? Sure, the surveys identify building materials that are readily accessible to the inspector, but I can't imagine that ...

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    Yea we discussed that before. That's nuts. We have around 1000 buildings with ACM across around 20 campuses. If we had to do that we'd need an Asbestos Management Department :-) Maybe they misread the AHERA rule, which doesn't apply to us anyway, ...

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    We are required by the state to test all materials prior to disturbing them. Any test data over 3 years old has to be re-evaluated. -- Robin

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    Scott M, Yep you and I have discussed this on our ACM / PCB focus group conference calls. The consultant woes are apparently common everywhere. Our capital renewal budgets do include full-building surveys for ACM, PCBs, paints, etc. and EHS ...

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    We have a complete list of building surveys in which another state agency commissioned consultants to survey all buildings on campuses at public higher ed institutions around the state. Unfortunately the surveys are flawed in that all nonfriables are ...

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    Yes in house work would be tough to track here, 1000's of work orders a year. Using consultants is constant problem too as we keep finding errors on data and reports, no matter who we use. Thanks ------Original Message------ We have a policy to ...

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    We have a policy to inspect all new construction but the compliance isn't 100% (working on that).  My opinion is that it's the easiest way to get the information because a) since the work is generally performed by a consultant (often the construction ...

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    Scott, This brings another question. Do you test all new renovation / construction materials? We do over 1000 projects a year just at UPark. Don't know how many at campuses. The requests for proof are to help me know what manufacturers ...

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    ​It's not a matter of whether anyone has "proof of newer joint compounds being acm".  There's no exclusion from asbestos regulations based on the age of the building, so you still have to assume positive until proven negative no matter the age of the ...

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    Hi Edward, Not discounting as we're still checking some "newer" installations, not all. That would require full-time staff just for that Group, Does anyone have proof of "newer" joint compounds being ACM, that they ...

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    Good Morning, Do not discount this.  Joint compound still may have asbestos in it depending on where the materials are gathered from or was manufacturer.  It can still be sold in the US. ------------------------------ Edward Arias Director - Environmental ...

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    Us too but never found in newer buildings. We just had our annual Asbestos Inspector refresher (#30 for me ugh) and the instructor was giving us the usual urban legends and I finally called BS on him unless he can show us some proof. ------Original ...

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    Robin, Were these newer buildings (say post 1990 which is our cut-off for most materials)? We find it in older buildings, mostly in joint compounds too. Thanks ------Original Message------ It stripped out my file. Check ...

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    We've never found it in drywall, but I have test results on multiple buildings where it's in the joint compound. -- Robin

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    No...but we still test drywall materials as part of capital renovation projects even in newer buildings. ------Original Message------ Afternoon, Has anyone found asbestos in new drywall or joint compounds? I frequently hear ...

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    Afternoon, Has anyone found asbestos in new drywall or joint compounds? I frequently hear about this but I can never get anyone to give me any proof. Thanks

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    EPA Issues Final Rule Revising TSCA Dust-Lead Standards : On July 9, 2019, EPA issued a final rule lowering the dust-lead hazard standards. 84 Fed. Reg. 32632. EPA is lowering the standards from 40 micrograms of lead per square foot (µg/ft 2 ) ...

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    Looking for a few good applicants! Senior IH position at the lovely UC Riverside campus. Come be part of our team. Posting is here: UC Riverside Jobs - Senior Industrial Hygienist Campus Tour: https://youtu.be/NcrpBRubJVU About UCR: US News ...

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    Good morning CSHEMA Members! Oklahoma State University is hiring an Occupational Safety Specialist. Please see our website for more information, and let me know if you have any questions! The posting can be accessed here: https://okstate.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=8&id=6906 ...

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    I'm in the process of putting together a respiratory protection plan so I would be interested in that information too. Ruth Horowitz HAZMAT/Lab/ Radiation Safety Workman 255 New Mexico Tech Office of Research 575-835-5842 Good Safety Practices ...

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    1.) Who oversee clinical respiratory protection in your organization (e.g. EH&S, Occupational Health) and what is their role?  For us, the overall RPP is developed and overseen by EHS.  Employee Health is only involved in the medical clearance process. ...

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    We are currently reviewing our clinical respiratory protection program to determine if there is an opportunity to improve.  Feedback on the following questions will be greatly appreciated. 1.) Who oversee clinical respiratory protection in your organization ...

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    Good morning CSHEMA Members! The University of Arizona is hiring a Research Health & Safety Manager, to work within our Research Laboratory & Safety Services department. Please see our website for more information, and let me know if you have any questions! ...

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    I've got jury duty, but if that is over by the time of the meeting, I'll be there. -- Robin

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    Hello All, Our next meeting is rapidly approaching. Please mark your calendars. If you use Outlook, it's pretty easy to set a recurring appointment. We meet on the second Thursday of every even numbered month. WHAT: Industrial Hygiene Community ...

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    Good morning all! I have always believed that REALLY advancing occupational health and safety can only happen if we ingrain the basic tenants of safe workplace habits in our youth.  Since the mid-2000's, progress has been made in this area on many local ...