Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Featured Resources provide the latest information on workplace safety, health and well-being. Additional information can be filtered by topic in the supporting navigation to the left of the article content.

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Feb 27, 2017
NIOSH Science Blog: Occupational Exposures to New Drycleaning Solvents

This blog discusses the use of newer solvents in drycleaning, and current exposure assessments.

Source: NIOSH

Jan 15, 2017
National Inhalant Prevention Coalition

Types of Inhalant abuse, huffing, sniffing, snorting inhalants include many different products that contain solvents. This site provides educational information to prevent inhalant abuse.

Source: NIPC

Jan 15, 2017
Scorecard: Xylene Chemical Profile (Mixed Isomers)

Environmental and health hazard information provided by Scorecard, the pollution information site, on xylene.

Source: Scorecard

Jan 15, 2017
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.

Source: NCBI

Jan 15, 2017
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.

Source: OSHA

Jan 15, 2017
Solvents and the Workplace

Solvents in the Workplace Presentation provided by the International Labour Organization on July 2014.

Source: ILO

Jan 15, 2017
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.

Source: OSHA

Oct 01, 2013
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

Aug 01, 2013
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

Aug 01, 2013
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.

Source: OSHA