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NIOSH Science Blog: Occupational Exposures to New Drycleaning Solvents
This blog discusses the use of newer solvents in drycleaning, and current exposure assessments.
Scorecard: Xylene Chemical Profile (Mixed Isomers)
Environmental and health hazard information provided by Scorecard, the pollution information site, on xylene.
Chemical exposure and hearing loss
This article also addresses the limitations of pure-tone air-conduction audiometry when assessing chemical-induced hearing loss and proposes a more complete approach to evaluate the auditory neurosensory hearing receptor and the neural pathways involved in the stapedial reflex.
Methylene Chloride Small Entity Compliance Guide Fact Sheets
These fact sheets discuss monitoring requirements, suggested engineering and work practice controls, substitutes, respirator use, protective equipment, and compliance schedules for various small businesses.
Solvents and the Workplace
Solvents in the Workplace Presentation provided by the International Labour Organization on July 2014.
OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Solvents
Solvents share many chemical, physical, and biological properties that warrant national attention be directed to them as a group. In addition, many solvent groups or individual substances have special properties requiring more specialized control measures. Access information on hazards, standards, exposure concerns and recommended protective measures.
Oregon OSHA Fact Sheet Plus: Flammable Liquids
The general industry standard, 1910.106, Flammable Liquids, is complex and covers many work environments and situations. This fact sheet covers only the basic storage, transfer, and transport requirements.
Source: Oregon OSHA
Oregon OSHA Hazard Alert: Methylene Chloride — bathroom fixture refinishing
One worker died and another became sick after an exposure to methylene chloride while performing bathroom fixture resurfacing projects. Oregon OSHA urges employers to train their employees to take precautions and avoid exposure. Methylene chloride is very dangerous.
Source: Oregon OSHA
OSHA/NIOSH Hazard Alert: 1-Bromopropane (PDF)
1-Bromopropane (1-BP) is a solvent that is used in degreasing, dry cleaning, spray adhesives, and aerosol solvents. Controls and personal protective equipment are available to protect workers from 1-BP exposure.