Customer Service

 Customer Survey

LABConnect™ - Online Results & More

Tutorial | Create Account | Login

Industrial Hygiene Testing Services

Category Press Release
Publish Date 5/21/2021
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Identifying Occupational and Environmental Exposure Risks to Phenol and Other Chemicals
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides industrial hygiene and environmental testing services, sampling supplies, and personal protective equipment to identify chemical exposure hazards.

Cinnaminson, NJ, May 21st, 2021

Phenol is described by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) as both a manufactured chemical and a natural substance that is solid when pure, but the commercial product is typically a liquid. Due to its many applications, millions of tons of phenol are produced each year and used in several industries.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that exposure to phenol may harm workers depending on the dose, duration, and work being done. Routes of exposure include inhalation, oral, and dermal. Exposure may irritate the skin, eyes, nose, throat, and nervous system. Some symptoms of exposure may include weight loss, weakness, exhaustion, muscle aches, and pain. Severe exposure can cause liver and kidney damage, skin burns, tremors, convulsions, and twitching.

According to NIOSH, phenol is used for medicine as a slimicide, antiseptic, and disinfectant, and to manufacture many products. Some examples of workers at risk of being exposed to phenol include:
 
  • Workers in the petroleum industry
  • Workers in plants where nylon is manufactured
  • Workers in plants that manufacture epoxy resins
  • Workers in plants that manufacture herbicides


“To better protect workers from phenol exposures, there are published workplace exposure limits in place,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “For the general population, people living near a hazardous waste site may be exposed to elevated levels of phenol, according to ATSDR. The agency also lists cigarette smoke as a source as well as some throat lozenges, mouthwashes, antiseptic lotions, and toilet/floor disinfectants and cleaners that contain it.”

To detect phenol and other chemicals, EMSL Analytical offers industrial hygiene, environmental, and material testing services. Testing can be instrumental for keeping companies in regulatory compliance. EMSL provides all of the sampling supplies needed and has sponsored an educational video about phenol and potential exposure risks that can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/yPGD6Uuvp7k.

To learn more about this or other industrial hygiene, air quality, environmental, health, safety testing services, sampling supplies, and products, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com.


About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

Ann Arbor, MI (LAB 08) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-4Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Edmonton, AB (LAB 50) - NVLAP Lab Code 600321-0EMSL Canada - Markham, ON (LAB 66) - NVLAP Lab Code 600317-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Long Island City, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Santa Clara, CA (LAB 47) - NVLAP Lab Code 600318-0Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Syracuse, NY (LAB 73) - NVLAP Lab Code 600283-0Tacoma, WA (LAB 74) - NVLAP Lab Code 600324-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0Wallingford, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0
Sorry, this function is disabled.