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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

Enhancing inspection process to incorporate new UL certification

Sentry Air Systems is excited to have received UL 61010-1 Laboratory Safety Standard certification on our 300 Series Fume Extractors. As part of this certification, we have added new steps to our quality inspection program to ensure all UL standards are met. UL 61010-1 Safety Requirements for Electrical Equipment for Measurement, Control, and Laboratory Use… Learn More

OSHA’s respiratory protection standard ranks fourth on top 10 list of most cited standards

Each year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases its list of Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards. Since FY 2010, their Respiratory Protection Standard (1910.134) has consistently ranked fourth on this list with violations totaling more than 17,000. In an October article from, author Dave Johnson stated that OSHA penalized employers $1,746,465… Learn More

EPA releases final risk assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE)

In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of 83 chemicals identified for further investigation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Of those chemicals, Trichloroethylene (TCE) received a hazard rating of 3, meaning high level hazard concern for both human health and environmental toxicity. The EPA chose to review TCE because of… Learn More

New National Emphasis Program focuses on reducing isocyanate exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently developed a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus on workplace health issues derived from occupational exposure to isocyanate. Isocyanates are compounds containing the isocyanate group (-NCO); a highly reactive, low molecular weight family of chemicals. They react with compounds containing alcohol (hydroxyl) groups to produce polyurethane polymers…. Learn More

The Hazards of Spray Paint Fumes

Everyone knows that the inhalation of spray paint fumes has negative effects on your health, but just how hazardous are they? What is in Spray Paint? Many standard professional-grade spray paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and include a variety of chemicals, some of which… Learn More

Making Art Can Make You Sick

Silica and risky work habits may endanger the health of ceramics artists, sculptors and metalworkers. Your creativity does not make you immune to health hazards in your studio. Ingredients that fulfill your artistic intent may also be toxic to handle. The danger posed depends on a variety of factors, including what you are exposed to… Learn More

How to File a Complaint with OSHA for Poor Indoor Air Quality at Work

Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Affect your Health and Job Performance Poor indoor air quality can be a common problem in workplaces. Because employees spend a large portion of their day at work, the indoor environmental quality of work facilities can have a noticeable and sometimes chronic effect on employee health. Typical undesirable air quality… Learn More

Fire-Retardant Fume Extraction Products

For those working in industries with high heat intensity, like welding, it is important to choose safety engineering controls that can withstand and protect against the flames and heat. For instance, welders choose heat-resistant personal protective equipment like gloves, sleeves, jackets, aprons, and helmets to protect themselves from heat and stray welding sparks. Respiratory safety… Learn More