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Are OSHA’s Chemical Exposure Limits Outdated?

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is launching a national campaign to help prevent occupational illnesses from harmful chemical exposure. Are Hazardous Chemicals Dangerous for Workers? There are currently tens of thousands of chemicals being used in American workplaces, many of which are considered harmful. Ammonia, a common chemical used for refrigeration, is toxic when ingested, and corrosive to the skin, eyes and lungs. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, meaning it causes cancer. Small fibers can also become lodged in a workers lungs, nose and throat, causing asbestosis or lung cancer. More than 800,000 workers a year experience adverse health effects from chemical exposure. This year, OSHA is working with stakeholders and scientific consultants to confront the problem and research possible solutions. How Does OSHA Regulate Chemical Exposure? OSHA’s permissible exposure limits (PELs) dictate the amount or concentration of a substance allowed in the air to protect workers from…
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Foam Plant Explosion Causes Toxic Chemical Scare

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An explosion in Moonachie, New Jersey injured four workers and rattled the windows of nearby neighborhoods. Public health officials arrived quickly to investigate, due to concerns about a toxic chemical that may have been released during the blast. The Crest Foam Industries plant on Carol Place manufactures a variety of foam products, including microphone covers and air filters. Unfortunately, the facility also uses toluene diisocyanate, a hazardous chemical that is categorized as a likely carcinogen. Short-term exposure to toluene diisocyanate can cause choking, chest pain, vomiting and irritation to the eyes, nose and respiratory system. If the explosion was big enough, people in surrounding neighborhoods could suffer health issues as well. Residents were forced to close their windows and stay indoors for about 90 minutes after the blast, as federal officials tried to determine if the chemical had been released into the air. Luckily, the chemical was not being used…
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Processing Plant Loses OSHA Appeal

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In May 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited MB Consultants Ltd. (also operating under the name Murray’s Chickens) for several health violations, after the company failed to train its employees about hazardous chemical exposure. At MB’s chicken processing plant in South Fallsburg, New York, workers disinfected chicken carcasses with chlorine bleach and Perasafe, an antimicrobial agent containing peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid. Workers complained to inspectors about respiratory symptoms and rashes, which were consistent with Perasafe’s harmful health effects. OSHA requires employers to train their staff on hazardous chemical procedure and provide training to help them avoid exposure, but MB Consultants failed to do so. The processing plant also failed to train workers in OSHA-mandated lockout/tagout procedures, to keep workers from slicing or crushing their limbs by reaching into a machine that is being serviced or repaired. Two employees had already been injured attempting to…
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