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May 22, 2008
Whether noise is encountered on the job or in the community, most people are at risk of hearing loss if they don’t take precautions. The occupational and environmental health and safety professionals of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) believe that noise exposure is an omnipresent issue in our communities and workplaces. Noise in the Workplace: A Pervasive Hazard For millions of...
March 15, 2008
The standard way to test for toxicity in individuals who have been exposed to heavy metals is to take a blood sample and analyze it in the laboratory by plasma mass spectrometry, an expensive and time-consuming procedure. Now, a portable instrument that can do the same job in the field in 2 – 5 min, for one-tenth the cost, has been developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL, Richland...
December 15, 2007
A gas analyzer suitable for hazardous areas Now approved by ATEX and CSA-C/US certifications, the X-Stream flameproof process gas analyzer is suitable for Class I, Zone 1 and Group IIB + H 2 hazardous areas without the need for pressurization systems. The device’s single- or dual-channel analyzer can be configured to read any two gases specified by the end user from over 60 readable compounds. Its...
July 1, 2007
    Traditional pressure-relief devices are, at times, unable to protect vessels at the elevated temperatures experienced during fires. As witnessed by numerous examples throughout history, loss of containment and the subsequent explosions that may occur with an over-pressurized system can lead to catastrophic results in terms of equipment damage, monetary loss, environmental impact and even...
March 1, 2007
    Occupational dangers in the chemical process industries (CPI) are many, with falls, respiratory hazards, and explosion risks confronted daily. One hazard, however, causes no pain nor visible scars. Its effects accumulate with each overexposure and can go unnoticed, often for decades. If statistics are any indication, it is the most common permanent and preventable occupational injury at the...
October 1, 2006
    The need to maintain and increase safety is ever-present in the chemical process industries (CPI), but what exactly constitutes safety equipment? This roundup of products covers a broad range of equipment, from data buses to non-slip footwear, whose main function is to increase plant safety. Not included here are general-purpose equipment, such as temperature sensors, that can be used in...
March 1, 2006
Phosgene is widely used for making fine chemicals, pharmaceutical intermediates, and polymers such as isocyanates, polyurethanes and polycarbonates. But phosgene is highly toxic, and although gas detectors are required to monitor for dangerous leaks, they cannot determine if workers have been exposed to low (below-threshold) concentrations over long periods of time, says...
March 1, 2006
    A direct link between the size of particles and their potential for causing health problems is what has the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.; concerned about particulate matter (PM) that is 10µm in diameter or smaller. Renewed concerns have prompted the chemical process industries (CPI) to seek out more efficient dust-control systems that can handle...
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