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Safety Facts You Should Know If You Work With Machine Fluids

Machinists are usually well aware of the safety hazards they face working on moving equipment. Less well known are the health hazards associated with the use of machining fluids. For example, in 1981 almost 40% of the workers at a large machining plant developed a severe flu-like illness caused by microbes that grew in the coolants or parts washers of one department and were spread throughout the plant by airborne oil mist. The microbes were related to those that cause Legionnaire’s Disease. Since 1992, there have been at least eight recorded outbreaks of Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis. (Scroll down for information. We apologize, but this is the best copy available.) Read More

Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service (HESIS) Publications

California Department of Health Services, Hazard Evaluation System and Information Service (HESIS) Publications, Occupational Health Branch (OHB). HESIS offers California workers, employers, and health professionals up-to-date practical answers to questions about the health effects of workplace hazards. HESIS publications are available free of charge in limited quantities and may be reproduced for free distribution. You can read or download most of them here, or order printed copies by calling (510) 622-4328 or using the form below. Read More

Environmental Challenges in Farm Management

Comprehensive site that describes the problems and challenges in the management of farms. Topics include pollutions, nitrogen and phosphates and pesticides. Additionally, covered are soil erosion, sustaninable development, conservation measures, stewardship. Read More

OSHA Fact Sheet: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

This two-page .pdf download provides a summary of OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) regulation. It emphasizes training requirements. Read More

Safety and Health Topics: Heat Stress

This OSHA website provides basic information regarding heat stress, and the prevention of this hazard. Read More

Safety and Health Topics: Toxic Metals: Lead

This OSHA webpage provides information on the toxic metal, lead. Information on the recognition, evaluation, control, regulatory compliance and training on lead exposure is provided. Read More

Safety and Health Topics: Asbestos

This OSHA website provides information and links relevant to asbestos. The following questions are addressed: What OSHA standards apply to asbestos?, What are the hazards of asbestos?, How do I evaluate asbestos exposure?, What controls are used to protect workers?, Where can I find information about training courses related to asbestos?, and Where can I find additional assistance? Read More

Safety and Health Topics: Sampling and Analysis

This OSHA website provides information regarding sampling and analysis of chemicals in the workplace. The following issues are addressed: relevant OSHA regulations, information about chemical sampling, sample analysis, and data validation and interpretation. Read More

Safety and Health Topics: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This OSHA website provides links to more information on personal protective equipment and the relevant OSHA regulations. It provides assistance regarding hazard identification and PPE solutions. Read More

Frequently Asked Questions - HAZWOPER

This OSHA website answers many of the more common questions regarding their HAZWOPER regulation (29 CFR 1910.120, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.) It more specifically addresses training concerns. Read More


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