Asbestos in Concrete

June 21, 2017

Under section 61.145 of the asbestos NESHAP, operators and/or owners of facilities are required to conduct a thorough inspection prior to any demolition or renovation operation.  A thorough inspection includes all suspect materials, including concrete, that are part of the…

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Recognizing Bias in the Occupational Safety and Health Professional

June 2, 2017

A recent case involving Sea World and a Cal/OSHA inspector has highlighted the challenges of personal bias influencing our work as Occupational Health and Safety professionals.  The issue was centered on a Cal/OSHA inspector citing Sea World with as much…

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Proposed Changes to Cal/OSHA Regulatory Setting Requirements

May 10, 2017

SB 772 sponsored by Connie Leyva (D-San Bernardino) would if passed, have significant impact on the Cal/OSHA rule-making process.  The bill would specifically exempt Cal/OSHA from the Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment (SRIA), prior to regulations going into effect.  The SRIA…

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Cal/OSHA’s New Silica Standard for Construction and Problems

April 19, 2017

Although a couple weeks ago, Fed OSHA announced a three month delay in the commencement of the Silica in Construction Standard that is not the case with Cal/OSHA. Cal/OSHA’s standard will begin on June 23, 2017.  The Standards Board is…

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Controlling Silica Dust with Vacuum-Equipped Tools

March 29, 2017

On June 23, 2016 Fed OSHA adopted a new silica standard that reduced the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.  Compliance for the new standard…

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ACGIH Releases TLV and BEI Changes for 2017

March 22, 2017

ACGIH has released their annual report for the year 2016 which includes adopted changes to TLVs and BEIs for 2017.  The report also outlines notices of intent to change (NIC) current TLVs and BEIs, and notices of intent to establish…

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Congressional Review Act – OSHA Recordkeeping

March 15, 2017

We have discussed in recent blogs and the newsletter the new Fed-OSHA rule on recordkeeping.  The United States House of Representatives has recently voted to repeal a portion of that rule.  It seems likely the Senate will take the same…

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Is Household Dust a Problem?

March 8, 2017

We are often asked to evaluate the indoor air quality of a workplace, and from time to time, we may even evaluate the indoor air of a home or apartment.  Most of our testing has been centered around mold. We…

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