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Thermal stress

Thermal stress includes both heat and cold stress. These conditions arise when temperatures become too extreme for the body to handle and try to compensate for. The body’s temperature will decrease in the case of cold stress, causing a potentially life-threatening condition called hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when a person’s body temperature drops below 95° F [...]

Thermal stress2018-10-27T03:40:49+00:00

Respiratory Protection

When chemical or biological agents are being used and there is not another means of protection, respirators can provide an effective method to protect and clean the air we breathe. Respirators come in many shapes and sizes that cover a wide variety of applications. They may be used to filter out many different chemicals and [...]

Respiratory Protection2018-10-27T03:40:49+00:00


Lead is a common element found throughout the environment in many different sources. It poses a significant health risk if too much enters the body. The risk is especially high for pregnant women and young children. In recent years, media attention has focused on the potential dangers to children from lead in and around the [...]


Reproductive Hazards

Dealing with reproductive hazards in the workplace is an increasing concern. Chemical and biological reproductive hazards affect both men and women. Material safety data sheets are one source of information regarding reproductive hazards of a particular substance. Information on specific chemicals and organisms is available in a booklet from EH&S. The office also provides [...]

Reproductive Hazards2018-10-27T03:40:50+00:00


A common chemical used in many labs as a preservative and disinfectant. Also a strong irritant, skin sensitizer, and potential carcinogen. [...]



Carcinogens are hazardous chemical substances that cause cancer. Material safety data sheets (MSDS) are a good resource to identify carcinogenic chemicals in the workplace and can provide valuable information on how to protect workers. EH&S can sample to determine exposure levels to carcinogens in laboratories and other spaces where they are used. Training is available [...]



This chemical is used in many organic chemistry laboratories. It is also used as an industrial solvent, fumigant for grains, and even a fresh fruit preservative. It is a central nervous system toxin and a carcinogen (cancer-causing). There is an OSHA requirement that exposures be evaluated. Call EH&S for free monitoring of worker exposures. Our [...]



Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material. It is mined and milled in various parts of the world to produce many different products. There are three main types of asbestos found in most of these products, chrysotile (white asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos) and crocidolite (blue asbestos). Asbestos fibers are a health hazard because small fibers [...]