Exposure Monitoring Blog
Benzene: A Sweet Smelling Hazard

Benzene: A Sweet Smelling Hazard

by Amanda Sandidge Engstrom, CIH, CSPSenior Consultant Evaporating quickly and heavier than air, benzene is a colorless sweet-smelling liquid found naturally and in a variety of manufactured products. From volcanoes to cigarette smoke, this aromatic hydrocarbon is ranked in the top 20...

As Summer Heats Up Protect Your Workers From Heat Stress

As Summer Heats Up Protect Your Workers From Heat Stress

by Lars Aamoth, CSPManager, Charlotte Operations Across the country this week, temperatures are forecasted to reach record highs in many areas. Heat stress may be thought of as a summertime safety issue; however, it is present indoors year-round due to environmental ambient conditions...

Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses on the Jobsite this Summer

Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses on the Jobsite this Summer

As record heat waves continue to scorch throughout the U.S this summer, it is important to know the dangers and warning signs of heat stress. While temperatures climb during the summer months, the increase risks of heat-related illnesses or HRIs, increase as well. According to a study by...

The Effects of Crystalline Silica on Workers

The Effects of Crystalline Silica on Workers

Silica is one of the most abundant and complex naturally occurring minerals and the main component of sand.  Quartz is the stable crystal form of silica, while tridymite and cristobalite are less stable crystalline forms.  Crystalline silica becomes the biggest threat when it...

OSHA Final Rule on Silica to Go into Effect this Fall

OSHA Final Rule on Silica to Go into Effect this Fall

Later this month, OSHA's final ruling on respirable crystalline silica in construction will go into effect. Among other provisions, the final rule will reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline over work shifts and health screenings to monitor highly exposed...

Compliance with the Beryllium PEL

Compliance with the Beryllium PEL

by Phillip C. Fincher, CIH, CSP Senior Vice President OSHA lowered the permissible exposure limit (PEL)  for Beryllium in General Industry from 2 µg/m3 to 0.2 µg/m3 in 2020. The rule requires employers to measure workers’ exposures to beryllium, limit their access to areas where...

Heat Stress: Tips to Protect Your Workforce This Summer

Heat Stress: Tips to Protect Your Workforce This Summer

I just finished sending an email to our property manager to let them know the HVAC unit supplying air to my side of our office building is on the fritz.  Typing with sweaty palms. Ugh.  Tangible reminder today that summer is officially here (well, the summer solstice isn’t until June...