OSHA Fines Manufacturer for Exposing Workers to Respirable Hazards
EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides air testing services and monitoring equipment to identify workplace exposure risks and to keep companies in regulatory compliance.
Cinnaminson, NJ, October 28th, 2016 Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that a New York manufacturing company was facing over $100,000 in proposed fines for exposing workers to unsafe airborne levels of cancer-causing chemicals.After a complaint was filed, OSHA initiated an inspection and cited the company for 17 serious violations. Included in these violations, OSHA found the employer:
Exposed employees to airborne cadmium, lead, nickel and respirable crystalline silica.......[Read More]
New Rule Proposed by HUD to Help Children Exposed to Lead
EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides environmental lead testing services to identify exposure risks to protect children and the public from exposure hazards.
Cinnaminson, NJ, October 27th, 2016 Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed lowering their threshold of lead in a child’s blood to match the one used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HUD’s proposed new reference level for lead in a young child’s blood would be lowered from 20 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood (µg/dL) to 5 µg/dL. The new rule would also mean that HUD would continue to be aligned with the CDC’s recommendations.......[Read More]
School Closes for the Semester Due to High Levels of Benzene and Carbon Dioxide
EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and monitoring instrumentation to identify indoor air quality issues.
Cinnaminson, NJ, October 26th, 2016 A school in Wyoming has reportedly been closed for the entire semester due to indoor air quality (IAQ) safety concerns. According to media reports, students and faculty complained of gas-like odors at the end of the last school year, prompting an investigation.The school and town are surrounded by an oil field. Air samples taken in May found high carbon dioxide levels in the school, while one classroom had benzene levels many times over what is considered to be safe. In response to the test results,.......[Read More]
Officials React to Bacterial Infection Outbreak at Texas High School
EMSL Analytical, Inc. offers environmental surface testing services to identify microbial pathogens and to confirm disinfection procedures are effective.
Dallas, TX, October 25th, 2016 Last month, the Mineral Wells Index published several stories about athletes from a local high school who developed contagious skin infections. The culprit, impetigo, is easily spread and is typically caused by Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).According to the articles, the school district responded by issuing a public notice as well as hiring a company to disinfect the athletic department and its equipment. These disinfection.......[Read More]
New Legionella Species Has Been Identified
Legionella clemsonensis recently discovered through whole genome sequencing.
Cinnaminson, NJ, October 24th, 2016
Recently, students at Clemson University identified a new species of the bacteria Legionella, named Legionella clemsonensis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked with the students to identify the species that originated from a patient in Ohio. According to the CDC, Legionella clemsonensis was analyzed by whole genome sequencing and declared not to be Legionella pneumophila, the most common pathogen in the group. Another differing factor was that when the strain of bacteria.......[Read More]
Entire Housing Complex Advised to Move Due to Soil Contamination
EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides testing services to identify lead, arsenic and other hazardous materials to protect people from exposure hazards.
Indianapolis, IN, October 24th, 2016 Recently, residents of an apartment complex in Indiana received a letter from their mayor advising them to relocate from their homes. Approximately 1,000 individuals lived in the housing complexes that were being asked to relocate due to high lead and arsenic levels that were found in the soil around their homes.The affordable housing complex was built within the US Smelter and Lead Refinery Superfund site. In 2014 and 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took soil samples from.......[Read More]