|NIOSH Evaluates Exposures to Aerogel Insulation Particulate
During a recent health hazard evaluation of aerogel insulation particulate at a union training facility, NIOSH staff found that airborne exposures for amorphous silica, a component of aerogel insulation, approached calculated occupational exposure limits.
AEGLs for Six More Chemicals Are Now Available
The 19th volume of Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals covers the acute exposure guideline levels (AEGLs) for six of the approximately 400 extremely hazardous substances that have been identified by EPA.
NPPTL Provides Update on Respirator Certification Standards
The National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory has provided an update regarding an interim final rule that extends the transition period for a 2012 final rule establishing new standards for the certification of close-circuit escape respirators.
AIHA Formaldehyde Resource Center
Formaldehyde is a naturally-occurring organic compound that can be in gas or liquid form. In widespread use, formaldehyde's toxicity, and volatility make exposure a significant consideration for human health. AIHA provides the following resources.
OSHA to Gather Information to Help Protect Tower Workers
In response to a significant increase in worker deaths in the communication tower industry, OSHA has issued a new request for information to collect public input to be used in determining necessary measures to prevent worker injuries and fatalities.
OSHA to Lead Second Safety Stand-Down in May
OSHA's second annual national safety stand-down will take place May 4–15. The safety stand-down is a voluntary event intended to raise awareness about fall hazards in the construction industry.
NIOSH Documents Promote Road Safety
A new NIOSH fact sheet on preventing work-related motor vehicle crashes provides recommendations for keeping workers safe and guidance for creating a successful motor vehicle safety program.
NIOSH to Host Webinar on Combination Unit Respirators
On March 5, the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory will host a webinar for stakeholders to discuss the development of a NIOSH standard for performance requirements of combination unit respirators.
Canada Adopts GHS
The Canadian government has passed the final regulation to adopt the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in its national hazard communication standard, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.
New NIOSH Web Page Focuses on Engineering Controls
A new NIOSH Web page collects resources, tools, and information related to engineering controls, including a list of hazards where engineering controls are effective and a list of related topic pages.