Industrial Hygiene

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    Is anyone aware of a good reference or SOP related to design/selection of local exhaust systems for hazardous waste bulking operations? I have some concerns about respiratory hazards for an operation where lab waste will be bulked into 55-gallon drums. ...

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    Hello Mary, I have found the Enmet PPM Formaldemeter htV-m to be a reliable and fairly easy to use portable meter for monitoring and recording formaldehyde concentrations over time. ------------------------------ John Verdi, CIH University of Delaware ...

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    John, I'm sorry that I do not have any suggestions, but would very much appreciate it if you (and anyone else) would share the brand & model of any portable formaldehyde monitors that you have found to be reliable. ------------------------------ Mary ...

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    Thanks Paul, The cards from Acculab are another option. Does anyone use direct-reading fixed instrumentation for formaldehyde monitoring, ideally with local/network alarm when a preset concentration is reached? If not, sounds like a good grad student ...

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    ​Greetings. We have an occupational exposure case involving work on dental prostheses (dentures). Hand tools and a lathe are used. There is also mold making. Has anyone investigated these processes, or monitored dusts or VOCs? I'm still waiting for SDSs ...

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    Robin, We keep Asbestos Blockplans on our website and there's instructions on them. Basically "Call EHS before moving ceiling tiles". These plans are on our Asbestos Requirement webpage: https://ehs.psu.edu/asbestos-management/requirements-guidelines ...

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    Anyone have a written procedure for accessing the interstitial space over a drop ceiling that's under ACM textured ceiling? Care to share? ------------------------------ W. Robert Newberry ES Director Clemson University Clemson SC 864-656-1806 ----- ...

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    Hi John, We use a reader and cards from Acculabs, with no methanol or phenol interferences. We ran some side by sides with tubes and they were very close. acculabstech.com Paul ------------------------------ Paul Hokanson Industrial Hygienist Iowa ...

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    Hello All, We have anatomy labs where a formaldehyde solution is used as a fixative for human cadavers. We have a fixed formaldehyde monitor (manufacturer Aeroqual) that was intended to give the Professors, TA's and students real-time indication of formaldehyde ...

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    Thanks Gary. We also found those online. Our Chemical Safety Specialist contacted a maker who said they don't warrantee it for safety purposes strictly nuisance odors. I'd be curious what filtration they do achieve with their foam filters. It must ...

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    One of our lab safety managers is also a crafts person. She introduced me to these small "smoke eaters" that they use. Just some examples, not an endorsement. For nuisance smoke control. https://www.grainger.com/category/welding/soldering/soldering-fume-extractor-accessories?brandName=HAKKO&filters=brandName&s_kwcid=AL!2966!10!{creative}!dat-2330689773115402:loc-4132&ef_id=XBktiwAAAKemw3rg:20190412214817:s ...

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    Hi all, I got a request for the above.  They're using lead-free solder (confirmed) but we'd still like to remove the fumes.  Does anyone have a reasonably priced model (or a multi-station manifolded set of stations) or even a design you DIY'ed with ...

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    We performed noise dosimeter monitoring of our police officers while qualifying on a range and the TWA levels during both 9 mm and AR-15 use was approximately 100 dB.  The instructor/monitor standing 10-15' away from the qualifier even had a TWA of 90 ...

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    Brandi, We have not done noise monitoring of our Police but we include them in Hearing Conservation Program because they use several types of firearms for extended periods during their annual training. We also have a Sheriff's Academy and ...

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    Hi All,  Thank you to those who attended.  For those who were unable to attend.  Please see the notes below.  What are your IH Questions?!  Please post to the Forum. 4/11/2019 Dennis is stepping down from being Co-Chair of the COP.  Dennis has been ...

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    The lists I've looked at had more than just, electrical panels are unobstructed. I'll remove the rest. My background is HAZMAT I'm slowly learning the rest. Thanks, Ruth Ruth Horowitz HAZMAT/Radiation Safety Officer ...

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    Hi, I'm not sure which lists you have looked at, but I can speak for my department's. The checklist we use, (it is readily available on our website, and it is what we bring on lab audits), has an item that simply says "Electrical panels accessible" ...

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    Seems all the lab inspection lists I've been looking at are wrong. I'll edit mine. Thanks Sent from my Android ------Original Message------ Only our electricians are allowed in the electrical panels. ------------------------------ Patricia Delaney ...

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    HI, We never allow anyone but our Facilities groups into the panels. We have added locks that prevent anyone from going into them. We are more concerned about the safety concerns and possibilities of having our students or faculty adversely affected ...

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    Only our electricians are allowed in the electrical panels. ------------------------------ Patricia Delaney EH&S Officer Bridgewater State University Bridgewater MA 508-531-2751 ------------------------------

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    Hi Ruth, I don't do a lot of lab safety but I'm pretty we only allow electricians into our panels. OSHA Arc Flash, etc. compliance. Unless it's hard wired you can unplug the machine if it starts sparking. ------Original Message------ We have ...

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    We have several old buildings where the electrical panels are consolidated in a room instead of having individual panels next to each lab. This means that lab personnel have no access to their electrical panels if there's an electrical issue the person ...

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    Thanks for your leadership Dennis I appreciate it greatly! As for topics, what are some of the biggest challenges that you all are facing? What would you like some help with? All my best, Jon ------Original Message------ ...

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    Friends, 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 of Practice ...

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    Clemson University Office of Environmental Safety is looking to hire someone to manage the University's occupational safety programs. This position develops, implements, and administers the OSHA Compliance Program for all activities at the University, ...

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    Hi Rebecca, I'm a member of WHWB. Let me know if you'd like to chat. J Jon BaldSafetyGuy@asu.edu ------Original Message------ You're the best, Bill!  No, I didn't get my CIH until 1993 (I had to look at the ...

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    Dear Rebecca; Congratulations on the early-out - good for you! It's always been wonderful talking with you. Time does fly; hope to see you around! -Courtney ------------------------------ Courtney Kerr Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, Virginia ...

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    Thank you!! ------------------------------ Rebecca Seevers Director, Environmental Health & Safety Milwaukee WI 414-955-8293 ------------------------------

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    Rebecca , Great news! I am glad you will still be able to participate! Sincerely, Jennifer Herriges Laboratory Safety Coordinator University Safety and Assurances University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Cell: 414-430-7508 ...

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    Stay in touch Jennifer!  I'll still be involved with CSHEMA (just found out I could join as a "retired" member), so you will still see my tag line occasionally. ------------------------------ Rebecca Seevers Director, Environmental Health & Safety Milwaukee ...

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    You're the best, Bill!  No, I didn't get my CIH until 1993 (I had to look at the certificate I just took off my wall), and we met in 1988 or so.  I had just finished my Master's program. You're right... I always said I wanted to stay "relevant" after ...

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    Wishing you a happy and healthy retirement!  It has been great getting to know someone here in Milwaukee with such a wealth of knowledge.  All the best! ------------------------------ Jennifer Herriges Lab Safety Coordinator University of Wisconsin Milwaukee ...

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    Rebecca, I've known you longer than just about any professional contact I have, 1988! I was fresh out of college, didn't know anything and I thought you were such a big deal at Twin City Testing. My memory betrays me, but you were either a newly minted ...

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    Congrats! ------Original Message------ ​​Hi all, A quick note to let you know that I will be retiring (early) from MCW on April 1.  I have contacted CSHEMA, as I would like to continue my membership in the "retired status" category.  Who knows, I may ...

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    ​​Hi all, A quick note to let you know that I will be retiring (early) from MCW on April 1.  I have contacted CSHEMA, as I would like to continue my membership in the "retired status" category.  Who knows, I may get back into this business by the end ...

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    A newer approach to research space ventilation design moves away from prescriptive air change rates 24/7/365.  Sensors may continuously analyze the ambient air quality and dynamically adjust dilution ventilation volumes (air change rates).   In some animal ...

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    Thanks Dave sounds eye opening, indeed. I was confused by NOA though. I thought, "NOA? Um, not NOAA? No, I'm at sea adrift. Maybe Noah? Haha, but no, ah. NOA doesn't know NOAA. NOA doesn't know Noah (who does, or did?). What does NOA know? ...

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    Thanks Miriam this is a great book! Here's a quote from the final chapter, "A Final Forewarning: Practical Steps to Providing Archaeologists with Safe Working Conditions" by James C. Garman: The beginning of my career as a safety manager ...

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    Got on urban digs. If you're getting into lead paint then OSHA awareness training kicks in. Employees must be provided Appendices A and B of General Industry Standard. ------Original Message------ I would like to plug a book I found on the subject ...

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    I would like to plug a book I found on the subject that is illuminating: Dangerous Places: Health, Safety, and Archaeology by David Poirier and Kenneth Feder With chapters such as: Archaeologists and Parasites: The Real Scoop on Poop (and Other Worries) ...

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    Hi Jon - We had our archaeology team go through an asbestos awareness class along with NOA training.  I was surprised how many artifacts contained asbestos. Thanks Dave ------------------------------ Dave Mathe, CSP EHS Manager Santa Clara University ...

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    I hope you don't mind one more ACM question. Do the researchers get asbestos awareness training? I'd imagine something online, lots of photos as examples, dos and don'ts, etc. along the lines of the OSHA/EPA required awareness training. ...

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    We have urban archaeology research so anything that could be part of a residential/commercial structure is potentially fair game, location dependent.  The one we confirmed was a roof tile. ------------------------------ Miriam Sharp University of Maryland ...

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    Curious what the ACM artifacts are? When think of archaeology I think of bones, pottery, metal :-) ------Original Message------ Since they don't work in areas where they expect asbestos to be present (they come across potential ACM artifacts periodically ...

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    Since they don't work in areas where they expect asbestos to be present (they come across potential ACM artifacts periodically but not frequently) respiratory protection is not required. They have N95s available, but those are voluntary use for nuisance ...

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    Hi Miriam, Great reply and detailed approach. One question on the "potentially hazardous artifact" (possible asbestos-containing material) do they also wear at least a P100 filtering face piece (aka dust mask)? Thanks again for ...

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    Hi, We had a similar situation arise due to an archaeology group bringing in asbestos roof tile, dry abrading it in a lab with no fume hood, then calling us after the fact.  After talking with them about what they were doing and collecting, we suggested ...

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    This is an area that likely does not receive much attention. Perhaps another range of thoughts needs to pre-consider the site. Perhaps some sort of preliminary planning/ pre-assessment as to not only what we may project as hazards, but also hazards ...

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    As nearly as I can tell no one has mentioned some of the other hazards which can be present at archaeological sites: Hantavirus, snakes, scorpions, poisonous spiders, other harmful critters, and physical hazards such as heat stress.  In my part of the ...

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    Hi Dave, Great question! You may wish to cross-post this to the Field Research COP, too. I used to be an environmental geologist and our folks did lots of field work with these and other contaminants. One good thing about the ones you listed ...