Chemical Health Hazard & Air Sampling Information

December 27, 2013 Dave Weber No Comments

 

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Here’s a link to a website that gives you health hazard information on hundreds of commonly used chemicals.  Just click on the name of the chemical you are concerned with to see detailed industrial hygiene information on that chemical , including:

  • General description  (CAS, RTECS, NIOSH)
  • Exposure limits  (OSHA, ACGIH, NIOSH)
  • Health factors  (carcinogen, IDLH, symptoms, target organs, & other references)
  • Monitoring methods  (e.g. sampling media, air volume, flow rates, wipe sampling, bulk sampling, etc.) used by OSHA .  It lists the detailed sampling methods that the OSHA Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC) instructs their Industrial Hygienists to follow when sampling for airborne contaminants.

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If you are using another laboratory to provide your sampling media and analysis, you may choose to follow their recommended sampling protocol.   However, it is none-the-less worthwhile to be familiar with the official OSHA sampling methods.  Also, the general descriptions, exposure limits and health factors data are of value regardless of which lab you use.

 

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