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A Permanent Ban on Asbestos Use and Importation?

By: Tony Etherington, OHST, CIHM With the latest update to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) making it easier for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review new and existing chemicals, it looks like the United States is moving forward to uphold the ban on asbestos. On June 22nd, 2016, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical … Continue reading A Permanent Ban on Asbestos Use and Importation?

OSHA Recordable Injuries: What Would You Do?

The Situation Your employee is under subcontract to another company to provide on-site safety support during operations. The subcontract is officially in place, your employee has been reporting for duty at the site for a week, and she is under the supervision and safety program of the contracting company. However, your employee is still completing … Continue reading OSHA Recordable Injuries: What Would You Do?

Radon in Natural Gas

“A Sea of Radiation” As Dr. Dade W. Moeller used to say: “We live in a sea of radiation.” The sources of this radiation include cosmic rays from outer space, terrestrial radiation from naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) found in the rocks and minerals around us, and man-made radiation from sources including global fallout or … Continue reading Radon in Natural Gas

The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About NORM and TENORM

1. What is Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)? NORM is natural material that contains primordial radionuclides, typically those associated with uranium and thorium. For example, Uranium-238 has a half-life of about 4.5 billion years, or approximately the age of the earth, and Thorium-232 has an even longer half-life of about 14 billion years. These radionuclides … Continue reading The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About NORM and TENORM