Indoor Air Quality from Morgue to Funeral Home, the Danger of Formaldehyde Exposure

They are called funeral directors, morticians, undertakers, mortuary custodians, and funeral service professionals. Those soft-spoken individuals who counsel grieving family members and help plan the service after a loved-one dies, are likely also the ones who handle the technical aspects of preserving the deceased so that family and friends can say goodbye in a less clinical setting than a hospital or nursing home. Unfortunately, part of this job – the embalming part – can create toxic fumes that pose health hazards for the professional.

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Industrial Hygiene & Indoor Air Quality Concerns

In the early 20th century, public awareness of occupational- related illnesses was not yet a reality, but advocacy for the safety of US laborers, was beginning to grow. Physicians, research scientists and medical experts began documenting worker health problems. Pioneers of the labor-advocacy movement led efforts to improve industrial hygiene after finding conclusive evidence linking Read More

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Thermoset Plastic Manufacturing and PAH Exposure

Upon entering the kitchen and flicking on the light, little thought is likely given to where or how that light switch was made, any more than thought is given to the countertops on which the food is prepared or the pot handles of the vessel used to cook the food. Those who work in the thermosetting plastics industry, however, think about these products all the time. It’s what they do.

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IAQ Can be Affected by VOCs From Wood Finishing Products

Are Santa’s Elves at Risk? In the fairytale workshop of holiday toys, Santa’s bustling elves are depicted crafting, assembling and painting items of Christmas splendor. In this imaginary world, nary a thing could go wrong. But in the real world of woodworking, significant – even deadly – health risks exist everyday as a result of Read More

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Saving Mona Lisa: Eliminate Indoor Air Pollution

In the art conservation industry, professional painting conservators will tell you that regardless of the monetary worth of your artifact, indoor air pollution will, at some point, negatively affect the intrinsic value of the piece. In fact, as soon as an artist finishes his or her creation, aging and deterioration begin.

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Welders’ Occupational Risk

It has long been known that “hot work” jobs come with occupational risks. Hot work is any work that involves burning or using fire- or spark-producing tools, such as one does when welding. Welding, the act of heating surfaces together to the point of melting, creates great potential for hazards to occur. Fire, explosions and exposure to toxic fumes and gases are top risks for hot work welders.

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