Tag: Occupational Health

A History of Respirators

Throughout history, air pollution has been a problem.  Not only smog but fumes from excessive coal use in households as well as dirty air released from manufacturing, mining and increased emissions from industrial processes.  Respirators were invented. Londoners even coined a phrase, “pea-soupers,” because, since the 14th Century, London has been affected by thick smog. Read More

Silica: A Brief History

From the day we’re born, taking a deep breath is something we all take for granted.  Silica in an industrial environment is common place. Adults breathe 12 – 20 times a minute when they are resting. As humans, we take between 17,000 – 30,000 breaths a day, and the total length of the airways in Read More

OSHA Wants Your Opinion on Silica

OSHA put out a Request for Information (RFI) to ask for additional information regarding the respirable crystalline silica standard.  OSHA revised the silica standard March 25, 2016, and launched an industry compliance effort on September 23, 2017, with full enforcement of the October 23, 2017 standard.

OSHA Publishes Silica Standard FAQ

Ever since the new OSHA regulation for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica went into effect in 2017, OSHA has been trying to clear any questions concerning compliance. Last week, the administration released a brand-new silica standard Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) to offer some clarification. The new FAQs were created after talking to the general industry and industry stakeholders.

Coal Mines Make Black Lung

Black Lung is still around.   This last week the National Public Radio (NPR) collaborated with  PBS investigative series Frontline on an article titled:   “An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands of Coal Miners.  Regulators Could Have Stopped It.”  The multiyear investigation by NPR and Frontline found that these coal miners are part of an unfortunate, tragic, discovered outbreak Read More

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