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New Environmental Lead Hazard Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)  declared a new, firmer guideline for lead in dust on floors and window sills to protect children from possible hazardous effects of lead exposure. EPA is reducing the dust-lead hazard standards from 40 micrograms of lead per square foot (µg/ft 2 ) to  10 µg/ft2  on floors and from 250 µg/ft 2 to  100 µg/ft2 on window sills.

Children exposed to lead-contaminated dust caused from deteriorating or disturbed lead-based paint experience irreversible and prolonged health issues, according to the EPA. Remodeling professionals who are renovating a home built prior to 1978 will need to closely adhere to the safety practices put in place by the Lead, Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) regulation.

For more information, please contact Gary Schwartz at (973) 597-0750.

Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Form

OSHA is advising employers in states that are covered by federal OSHA to submit their 2018  OSHA Form 300A . (Certain low-risk  establishments are exempted). The recording deadline for calendar year 2019 is March 2, 2020. Check with your state requirements to see if you are covered by a state program.

Any questions, please contact Gary Schwartz at (973) 597-0750.


Revised Method for Asbestos Analysis 

NIOSH released an improved process for analysis of airborne asbestos and other fibers using phase-contract microscopy (PCM) to their Manual of Analytic Methods. The newly added process provides alternative practices for counting fibers and preparing and mounting asbestos samples on microscope slides. 
PCM is a technique that distributes the visible changes in light waves as they pass through the collected particulate. NIOSH states, t he standards guiding which objects seen through the microscope should count as asbestos fibers continue to be unchanged.

PHASE Associates is EPA/AHERA certified to conduct asbestos inspectionsFor further information, please contact Gary Schwartz at (973) 597-0750.
UPCOMING EVENT

OSHA HAZWOPER Training - 8 Hour Refresher 
 
Instructor: Gary P. Schwartz, CIH, CSP, CMC

WhenSeptember 12, 2019 - 8:30am - 4:30pm


Location:  Rutgers University - Eco Complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505
  
A Certificate of Training and a wallet card will be provided to each participant who completes the course.

About PHASE Associates:
PHASE Associates offers a comprehensive range of environmental, health 
and safety services within Industrial Hygiene & Safety, Indoor Air Quality, Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Training, Construction & General Safety 
and Environmental Management/Hazardous Waste Operations. We customize a specific solution that is tailored specifically for you and your company.
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