Potential Tools to Help Protect Against the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On Wednesday, March 11 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a pandemic (Ref. 1). In order to prevent the spread, everyone must practice increased hygiene and social distancing. As an added protection, certain air filtration systems and containment hoods can aid in combatting the spread of this infectious disease. General Protection Tips Against… Learn More

Chip Off Forensics

Chip-off Forensics Respiratory Hazards

  Chip-off forensics enables law enforcement and forensic laboratories to recover and interpret data on flash memory devices such as mobile phones and hard drives (Ref. 1). After unsuccessful attempts of data extraction from other conventional methods, forensic experts can use the chip-off technique as a last resort data recovery procedure (Ref. 2). Chip-off forensics… Learn More

diacetyl coffee production

Respiratory Hazards of Diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione Exposure in the Coffee Roasting Industry

During coffee production of both flavored and unflavored coffee, production employees become exposed to dangerous VOCs resulting in irreversible lung damage (Ref. 1). The most hazardous VOCs released from flavorings and naturally from roasting coffee beans are diacetyl and 2,3-pentanedione. Exposure to even small amounts over time or large concentrations over a short period of… Learn More

Cosmetic Manufacturing Line

Respiratory Hazards in Cosmetics Manufacturing

Cosmetics manufacturing poses many respiratory health risks to employees. The loosely regulated industry of cosmetics uses numerous ingredients that may present harmful side effects exposure occurs in large and continual doses. These ingredients have been shown to be safe for consumer use, but during manufacturing, employees become exposed to large amounts of particulate causing safety… 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

inorganic lead exposure

NIOSH Re-evaluating Inorganic Lead Standard

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced in August 2018 that the agency intends to re-evaluate and possibly update the recommended exposure limit (REL) for inorganic lead (Ref. 1). NIOSH currently recommends the same exposure level for inorganic lead as OSHA, 50 µg/m3, which was set in 1978 and has not been changed… Learn More

Benefits of Mist Collectors

Benefits of Mist Collectors

  Benefits of mist collectors include reducing maintenance and downtime, as well as safeguarding overall shop safety and employee health for CNC machine shops. Government organizations, such as OSHA, legally require employers to meet exposure limits. Machining, milling, and grinding processes produce oil mist when metalworking fluids come in contact with tooling components and become… Learn More

Hazards of Welding Fumes

Welding produces hazardous fumes that must be controlled to safeguard employee respiratory and overall health. Welding exposes metals to high levels of heat creating gaseous fumes and nano-particles. The hazards of welding fumes depend on the contents of the metal, the type of welding process, and the frequency of welding. Fume extractors must be utilized… Learn More

IV Bag Preparation

IV Bag Preparation Best Practices Utilizing ISO Class 5 Laminar Flow Hoods

Medical professionals and naturopathic/holistic doctors have utilized IV vitamin/nutrient therapies for many years as a more natural approach to treating chronic conditions in patients. As opposed to oral medications or supplements that travel through the body’s digestive system, whereby diminishing absorption capabilities, IV therapy delivers optimal levels of the necessary vitamins/supplements directly to the bloodstream;… Learn More

Fire Station Diesel Exhaust Fume Control

  Diesel exhaust fumes pose health risks to firefighters. Diesel powered firetrucks emit harmful diesel exhaust when entering and leaving the fire station. These fumes must be properly controlled in order to prevent continuous exposure to firefighters1. Without proper diesel exhaust fume control, the hazardous fumes may enter living quarters at the fire station increasing… Learn More