Category: Health Risks & Safety

Read Content that is centered Health Risks & Safety and how it can be an integral part of your health, environment, and application’s longevity.

Understanding Your Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality _ Vacuum Cleaner

Over the past few years, there has been a growing concern with overall Indoor Air Quality with pollutants being entered into the home and office space more frequently. As research has indicated, people are now spending roughly 90 percent of their time indoors, with a much higher risk of being exposed to health hazards that… Learn More

Mail Processing Safety: Biohazard Control and Containment Hoods

As pathogens, particulate, viruses, and biohazards have become more common to be found in the mail, it is imperative now more than ever to ensure some safety measures and controls are in place to prevent these hazards. By the recommended guidelines of the U.S. Postal Service and OSHA, private mailroom operations that deal with any… Learn More

COVID-19 Air Filtration Solutions for Schools

This year, the start of the school year has a much different climate and routine with schools using varied instructional methods including virtual classrooms, in-person instruction, and a combination of both. In-person instruction can play a vital role in a student’s education, emotional and social development, and mental health support (Ref. 1). Likewise, schools furnish… Learn More

Laboratory Fume Hoods

laboratory fume hoods

Laboratory fume hoods provide operator and environmental protection from hazardous fumes, particulate, and other gases. Through inhalation, harmful fumes directly enter the blood stream and small particles may become embedded deep within the lungs (Ref. 1). A laboratory fume hood reduces exposure by containing the fumes and particulate dispersed during an experiment and a powerful… Learn More

Mesothelioma And The Hazards of Airborne Asbestos Particles

Mesothelioma is a particularly aggressive and dangerous form of cancer that manifests in the interior lung lining of the patient. It can spread at a disturbing rate, overtaking the heart, lungs or chest unless it is met with the appropriate chemotherapy treatment. Direct contact with Asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma, but the particles… Learn More

Carfentanil’s health and safety risks to law enforcement personnel

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has issued a public warning to the public and law enforcement nationwide about the health and safety risks of carfentanil. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid, an analog of the popular synthetic opioid analgesic fentanyl. It is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which… Learn More

Hydrochloric acid health risks: vapor, mist, and fume inhalation

Hydrochloric Acid Synonyms for an aqueous solution of hydrogen chloride include chlorhydric acid, hydrochloric acid, and muriatic acid. History of Hydrochloric acid Hydrochloric acid (HCl) was first discovered around 800 C.E. by the alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan (Geber), by mixing common salt with vitriol (sulfuric acid). Jabir discovered many important chemicals, and recorded his findings… Learn More

OSHA releases final rule on respirable crystalline silica

Original regulation on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica – a known human carcinogen – had not been updated in over 40 years despite years of studies showing its debilitating and often fatal health effects on workers. In most recent years, the use of silica in the workplace has expanded across several new industries and… Learn More

Mineral Dust: Geological Sample Preparation

Crushing, cutting, splitting, pulverizing and dividing. These are all common practices when preparing geological and mineral core samples for further testing and analysis. Breaking down a larger sample via these methods helps reduce volume and/or particle size, creates representative samples, and preps the sample for analyses like specific gravity or bulk density. There are several… Learn More

Workplace exposure: Respiratory sensitizers and Occupational asthma

Respiratory sensitizers are chemicals that lead to hypersensitivity of the airways following inhalation.1 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sub-categorizes respiratory sensitizers within their Hazard Category based on weight of evidence on effects seen in either humans or study animals. Sub-category 1A – Substances showing a high frequency of occurrence in humans; or a… Learn More