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Effects of Disinfectants and Cleaners on Materials

Follow along with the audio article by clicking the video, or read the article as normal below. While we are wiping and spraying surfaces in public spaces both at work and home, we are probably not considering the possibility of negative interactions with the surface materials. This article defines cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing, explores the …

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Podcast #8 – Establishing a Safety Culture

In this podcast, KTA Corporate Safety and Health Officer, Chris Peightal, discusses how to establish a safety culture. Most companies have safety procedures that they’ve written and train employees on. Chris discusses how to develop a strong safety culture, why it’s important to do so, and how having a strong culture can save lives and …

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PPE Requirements for Polyurethanes Versus Non-Isocyanate Coatings: Is There Really a Difference?

AS SEEN IN June 2019 JPCL Magazine Isocyanates are reactive chemicals often used in foams, elastomers, fibers and polyurethane paints. Exposure to isocyanates has been reportedly linked to irritation of the mucous membranes of the eyes, gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. More serious health effects include asthma and inflammation of the lungs. In the protective coatings …

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Lead Paint Management Issues in Shipyards

Introduction Occupational lead exposure continues to be an important health concern in the United States.  Based on the number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations over recent years, there appears to be significant issues related to lead paint management, as well as other safety and health concerns at shipyards across the country.  In …

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Disturbing Asbestos Containing Materials on Bridge Structures

Introduction Because of its properties, asbestos was a widely used raw material, primarily in the commercial building and automotive industries.  In the commercial building industry, asbestos could be found in vinyl floor tile and the associated mastic, thermal system insulation, roofing materials, ceiling and wall plasters, and fireproofing.  In the automotive industry, asbestos was commonly …

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Abrasive Blast Cleaning Hazards

Introduction Abrasive blast cleaning refers to the operation of forcibly propelling a high-pressure stream of abrasive material against a surface to remove existing materials and impart a surface profile. There are several variants of the process such as bead, sand, or shot blasting. Abrasive blast cleaning systems typically include an abrasive hopper (blast pot), a …

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Making a Case for Environmental, Health & Safety Special Provisions

Many facility owners, particularly public agencies, have a standard specification for lead paint removal projects that has stood the test of time, and that likely went through a rigorous review process to get to the final version of the published document.  Whether it’s for a bridge or a water tank, the owner has likely used …

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Preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Through Ergonomics

Background Ergonomics is a field study that involves the application of knowledge about physical, psychological, and biomechanical abilities and limitations of the human body. This knowledge is applied to the planning, design, and evaluation of work environments, jobs, tools, and equipment to improve worker performance, safety and health. In layperson terms, ergonomics is fitting the …

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