Airborne Contaminants

People will smoke in curious places, but this photograph of a large ashtray placed within a few feet of multiple propane tanks suggests that many workers either can’t read the no-smoking signs or don’t realize that they could get smoked if a tank began leaking gas vapors that contacted the ignition sources hanging off the ends of their fingers.

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OSHA recently issued a final rule to protect workers from the health hazards associated with respirable crystalline silica, including lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and kidney disease.

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is warning that workers involved in roasting coffee beans or grinding roasted beans in coffee processing facilities could be at risk for suffering an irreversible lung disease, obliterative bronchiolitis.

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This procedure will help you identify, assess and control combustible dust hazards.

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Train workers to recognize and manage dust explosion hazards.

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The 119 workers killed in dust explosions were real people, not just statistics.

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Here’s a Checklist you can use to ensure that combustible dust housekeeping inspections are carried out effectively at your workplace.

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Train your workers about the dangers of combustible dust.

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Castings co. cited after a furnace worker was fatally injured at the La Crosse-based iron foundry while working alone in a permit-required confined space.

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Although he has almost everything he needs to operate that jackhammer safely, this worker is missing one important piece of PPE.

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