Newsletter 2016

Vol. VIII, Issue 1; March 2016

Why does a lab need an accurate Chemical Inventory?
There are at least three reasons why a Chemical Inventory should be maintained. Reasons include: Safety of Workers, Regulatory Compliance, and Cost Reduction. Often the Safety of Workers and Regulatory Compliance are the driving forces, and for good reason; but at the same time maintaining an accurate Chemical Inventory can drive cost reduction.

The Hazards of Lithium Batteries
Lithium batteries are everywhere. They can be found in children’s toys, electronics, computers, iPhones and iPads, e-cigarettes, hover boards, scientific instruments, etc. Unfortunately, the incidents involving lithium battery fires are also everywhere.

Machine Shop and Power Tool Safety
A shop is any place where manual and power tools are used to make an object from wood, plastic, glass, or other material for art, science, or engineering. There are many shops throughout the Tufts campuses. These locations have a wide variety of equipment and uses.

Biohazardous Waste in the Research Labs Regulated Medical Waste, Sharps and Liquid Wastes
Research at Tufts University generates Medical and Biological Waste, or Regulated Medical Waste (RMW), and is regulated by the state of Massachusetts and handled by our RMW vendor. The objective of medical and biological waste regulations is to mandate the treatment of all potentially infectious materials and thereby minimize the risk of infection and injury from the mishandling of these wastes to staff, students, solid waste handlers and the public.


Vol. VIII, Issue 2; October 2016

Falling Down on the Job!
In 2008 roughly 1 in every 1,000 office workers experienced a work related accident. The most frequent type (32%) of accident was a fall. With this said, how does the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations protect the office worker?

Does Messiness Count when it comes to a Desk, Cubicle or Office?
In 2011, Career Builder and OfficeTeam sponsored surveys of employers and employees on the subject of messy desks. Many employees attempt to defend their state of organization and clutter by quoting Albert Einstein in that “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what then is an empty desk a sign.”

Deskercise for the Time Challenged Office Worker
The term “DESKERCISE” is the merging of the office/desk and exercise. The adverse health effects associated with sitting at desk for 8-12 hours per day continue to be documented by health scientists.

Never Enough Electrical Wall Outlets: Power Strips and Extension Cords
Unlike electrical standards for homes and apartments, there is no requirement that offices have a specific number of electrical wall receptacles for each 12 feet of wall space. Instead, the number of electrical wall receptacles is determined by the number and type of equipment that needs to be connected to the electrical system in the office.

Office Lighting and the Aging Eye
As the human eye ages, changes occur such as the lens becoming more dense, making seeing in dim light more difficult and the retina which contains light sensing cells becoming less sensitive.


Vol. VIII, Issue 3; December 2016

Hearing Loss – Early Onset and How to prevent it!
Historically, hearing loss has been associated with advanced age and occupation. However, over the last few decades, hearing loss is occurring to younger people in low-risk occupations. Workers in industrial settings such as factories, construction, railroad, shipping, or mining almost accepted the noise hazards associated with those jobs.

Can Flooring Be Hazardous to Your Health?
The consumer is faced with a bewildering variety of flooring products. In the 1950s, the choices were natural linoleum, vinyl tile, hardwood, painted floors, area carpets (wool and synthetic) and ceramic tile. In 2015, choices include natural rubber, bamboo, engineered wood, cork, wall to wall carpet, laminate flooring, sheet vinyl, vinyl tile.

Which is better: Bottled Water or Tap Water?
The Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2004) recommends that we each drink 91 Fluid Ounces / 125 Fluid Ounces (Adult Women / Adult Men) of water per day. That equals a little over 11 cups of water per-day for adult women and a little over 15 cups per-day for adult men.

Winter, Road Salt and Low Salt Areas
Winter is starting to set in, and many of us will soon be seeing sand and salt trucks on our roads working to improve our driving conditions, and reduce the risks of accidents. Beginning back in 1941, the State of New Hampshire began treating its highways with salt. Since then, the number has grown to 26 states, in which crews will apply approximately 22 million tons of road salt annually.

Mold in the home and workplace: How serious is the problem?
Fungi are living organisms. They used to be grouped together with plants but they are distantly related. They are perhaps more closely related to animals than to plants.

Disinfectants: Bad for Microbes, Bad for You
From time to time in the news media we see reports of health alerts regarding the flu, common colds and the ever present Norovirus outbreaks that will want you to run to the nearest market looking for a disinfectant to kill these “bugs”. There are some disinfectant manufactures that make the contemptible claim that their product will “kill ALL germs and viruses” to protect your family.

 

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