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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 ...

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    Ruth, I lost the thread on this. What was the question? Thanks, Gary Bangs, CIH ------Original Message------ Here's the link I got from our state hazardous waste bureau. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/40/262.232 LII / Legal ...

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    Here's the link I got from our state hazardous waste bureau. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/40/262.232 LII / Legal Information Institute 40 CFR § 262.232 - Conditions for a generator managing hazardous ...

  • RE: Floor loading

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    Excellent. Many thanks. -- Robin

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    Robert - I'm a CSP, but didn't feel quite equal to this one. So I asked the smartest engineer I know. Here's what he said:  Mom - look at  https://bct.eco.umass.edu/ publications/articles/ understanding-loads-and-using- span-tables/ First off, the ...

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    My CSP recently took a position outside the university or he would handle this - until I hire another CSP it's all on me. And since safety isn't my forté and since we don't seem to have an OSHA specific CoP, I'm just going to leave this here. We have ...

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    Hi All,  For conference the Industrial Hygiene Community of Practice will be Presenting IH 201.  As part of this presentation we will be taking a look at equipment and discussing the uses along with some pros and cons associated with the equipment.  ...

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    Jonathan, I heartily agree with your comments about lead exposure. Often we have seen contamination of areas adjacent to firing ranges, such as break rooms. Tables and counters where food is prepared or consumed can be contaminated with lead. Tracking ...

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    Paul- We use an outdoor range. ------------------------------ Shaundree Davis Senior Program Manager - Industrial Hygiene Princeton University Princeton NJ 609-258-6256 ------------------------------

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    There's good amount of pre-existing gunfire noise monitoring data out there.  You can even find it categorized by caliber.  Our policy is if they fire one round they're in the HCP program.  They're also exposed to sirens, fire alarms and their radios ...

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    We've had to close two indoor ranges a few times due to contamination.  We have range maintenance SOP's, require HEPA vacuums, etc. and still problems.  Wet cleaning does work as long as they change water VERY often and use some type of cleaning agent ...

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    Hi Shaundree, Was the shooting at an inside or outside range? For all of us potentially trying to measure this noise, below is a passage out of a NIOSH document: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2011-0069-3140.pdf. "Noise dosimeter microphones ...

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    Shaundree, We've rented the OHD Quantifit before and have also piggy-backed with the local fire department during their fit-test events using it.  It's hands down way more accurate in leak test detection because of the controlled negative pressure technique.  ...

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    Hi Jon-  Thanks for the follow-up.  In additional to personal and area sampling, we also conducted wipe testing in the areas you mentioned to help us target our lead hygiene training with the officers and assess the overall level of contamination at the ...

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    Jonathan, I heartily agree with your comments about lead exposure. Often we have seen contamination of areas adjacent to firing ranges, such as break rooms. Tables and counters where food is prepared or consumed can be contaminated with lead. Tracking ...

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    Hi Shaundree, You can get "tactical" or electronic ear muffs that are made for shooting.  The cups are curved / angled on the bottom to acommodate gun stocks.  We reqiure them to wear ear plugs and muffs during training.  One instructor complained that ...

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    Hi Shaundree, On the potential for lead exposure from shooting, cleaning, loading, being in the range, etc., I wondered if you did any assessing in addition to personal air monitoring? BLLs? Hand wiping? Footwear? Other? I did ...

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    We have conducted noise monitoring for our commissioned police officers and found their exposure to exceed both the OSHA  PEL and impulse noise limits, which has placed them in our Hearing Conservation Program.  We utilized dosimeters and a sound level ...

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    Many thanks to everyone who responded to my inquiry about the TSI PortaCount.  If we decide to continue to qualitatively fit test our N95 users, we are also considering the OHD Quantifit to conduct fit testing on our elastomeric devices. Has anyone had ...

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    We have three that we have used for several years for fit testing of N95 and elastomeric respirators.  It works well, but some things to keep in mind is that your workflow will be reduced unless you're running multiple machines at once, whereas with qualitative ...

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    We have one and it works well for us. Probe placement can be a bit tricky, but once you figure out the best place for the probe, as long as you remember to have something to support the hose so it doesn't weigh down the mask it should work well. In the ...

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    We purchased it about a year ago here at Auburn and the N95 feature works great! ​ ------------------------------ Mollie Struzick Industrial Hygienist Auburn University Auburn AL 334-844-4870 ------------------------------

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    Hi Shaundree, We have more than one TSI PortaCount, as do our affiliate medical institutions. All of us use them for N95 fit testing throughout the year, and find they do a good job and provide a welcome alternative to Bitrex. The PortaCount allows ...

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    We have rented one several times to use as a quantitative fit tester. It worked well, but departments complained about the waste of masks (for every person you fit-test, a mask is destroyed; departments have to purchase their own masks). It was also ...

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    Yes, we use and works well.  Not all N95's fit equally though.  For cases where we are fitting N95's, we use 3M's that have some limited sealing surface (e.g. not endorsement).  This is administered by our Occupational Medicine group as part of occupational ...

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    Here at Eastern Virginia Medical School, we have two TSI-PortaCounts.  Using the PortaCount is much less messy than quantative fit testing and in the end saves time.  After years of fit testing chaos, we have arrived at the well-oiled machine we are today.  ...

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    We have 2 and have used them for a number of years.  But TSI wants $1,000 per instrument for an annual calibration, which seems kinds of pricey to me.   Do you all calibrate annually? ------------------------------ [Jeff Throckmorton, CIH, MSPH Sr. IH ...

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    Hi, We utilize the Portacount here at NCSU.  No issues to report.  Feel free to reach out. Best Regards, ------------------------------ Kim Sebastiani EHS Professional North Carolina State University Raleigh NC 919-515-8658 ----------------------- ...

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    We do and have for years. Works a treat. -- Robin

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    Hi Shaundree, We utilize the TSI 8038 Portacount here at Cornell for N95 fit testing and have good luck with them. Please feel free to call with any questions, or post the questions here and I will answer to share with the group. Best, ...

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    Greetings, We are considering the purchase of the TSI PortaCount Model that will enable us to conduct quantitative fit testing on our N95 respirators users. I'm reaching out to see who has used this device for this purpose and is willing to share their ...

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    We require hearing protection at 85. Logic being if it's loud enough for hearing testing, training, etc it's loud enough for HPD's. But we haven't worked with Music Dept yet. One good thing is the plugs won't need much of an NRR so maybe that will ...

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    For us the levels are above the OSHA action level for inclusion in the HCP but below the PEL that requires the use of hearing protection. ------------------------------ Justin Newnum, MS, CIH, CSP Occupational Safety Specialist – Industrial Hygiene The ...

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    Its been hit or miss. The second part of the study is looking at the different types of ear plugs and the musicians preference. So hopefully after that we will have a better idea on what it takes to get every one using the ear plugs. https://musicianshpd.lab.uiowa.edu/hearing-protection-devices ...

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    Ah got it. We used to be in that place but then OSHA realized we were only state "related". Before I used state workers comp law as a reference and best practice. It was about 25 years ago but I think it referenced OSHA and potential claims were / ...

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    Well, it depends on the state you live in. I do not share this with the faculty or staff here unless really pressed on it, but OSHA regs do not apply to state agencies in Arkansas. I apply OSHA regs in all of my plans as the minimum standard and I have ...

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    Good point about students. More of these issues should be part of their formal education regardless of discipline. ------Original Message------ Hi Michael, At this point, all we have done is given the entire music department the opportunity to review ...

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    Considering OSHA standards do they have a choice about PPE? I think our rehearsal rooms are acoustically treated but need to confirm. ------Original Message------ How did this group feel about being asked to wear hearing protection? Were they ...

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    Hi Michael, At this point, all we have done is given the entire music department the opportunity to review the plan and give comments, concerns and objections. I do this with almost every plan I write; that way if they balk at wearing required PPE I ...

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    How did this group feel about being asked to wear hearing protection? Were they receptive? I am sure they have had emeritus colleagues that much to their horror have suffered hearing losses due to exposure. ~ Michael Burgess CSP, RSO ...

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    We partnered with our college of public health to sample our school of music. you can see their poster form AIHce here https://i3hsa.org.uiowa.edu/sites/i3hsa.org.uiowa.edu/files/wysiwyg_uploads/crawford_aihce_2018.pdf . ------------------------------ ...

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    The dose estimation pages are enlightening... I failed to consider our music employees exposures *sigh* back to the slave pit for me. Definitely interested where this goes, sorry not as savvy as I would like to make a contribution. ------------------------------ ...

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    I would be happy to discuss offline how our Hazardous Waste group has changed its work practice and downgraded their respiratory protection/PPE when bulking hazardous waste due to a rather ingenious use of a flammable liquid recovery vacuum. The change ...

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    Hi everyone! I have a new EHS Specialist that I am training and he recently developed this document for our music department. I would love to have some comments and suggestions for improvement from some of the more seasoned IH folks in this group.  Many ...

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    Hi everyone! I have a new EHS Specialist that I am training and he recently developed this document for our music department. I would love to have some comments and suggestions for improvement from some of the more seasoned IH folks in this group.  Many ...

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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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    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 ...