The Phylmar Group. Inc. Newsletter
August 2016, Issue #79 (Version 2)

We sent out a different version of the August e-newsletter earlier in the month, but wanted to revisit the report from EPA regarding the alarming lead contamination levels in water.

We also present the newest vlog where the Phylmar Group talks to Doug Parker, former chief of the EPA's criminal investigation division. Enjoy the helpful resource on safety engineering controls from NIOSH and don't forget that all of this information is available on our Phylmar Blog

Mark Katchen, CIH
Managing Principal 
The Phylmar Group, Inc.

Check Out The New Phylmar TV Video
Phylmar Group's Mark Katchen talks to Doug Parker, former Chief of the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division about the Department of Justice's involvement with EHS. Check it out on YouTube:

Lead in Your Water: Investigative Report Finds Excessive Lead Levels in Nearly 2,000 Water Systems Across the U.S.
Summary of selected portions of article series by Alison Young and Mark Nichols, "Lead in Your Water," USA Today , March, 2016

A USA Today Network investigation examining EPA enforcement data has identified almost 2,000 water systems where testing has shown lead contamination levels exceeding the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb).

The water systems span all 50 states and collectively supply water to 6 million people. At least 180 of the contaminated water systems failed to notify consumers as required by law. There were 600 more water systems in which tests at some taps showed lead levels topping 40 ppb, or more than double the action level.

A water sample at an elementary school in Ithaca, N.Y., tested at an alarming 5,000 ppb of lead, the EPA's threshold for "hazardous waste."

Click here for a full summary of this article and tips for checking tap water sources.
NIOSH's Engineering Controls Database

Excerpts from article by Brennan Lockwood and Trudy McCleerly, NIOSH Science Blog, July 20, 2016

The hierarchy of controls shows us that well-designed engineering controls can protect workers by eliminating or reducing hazardous conditions to acceptable exposure levels.  Controls generally do not interfere with worker productivity or personal comfort and make the work easier to perform rather than more difficult.  The new NIOSH Engineering Controls Database provides information on effective engineering controls.  You can search by occupation or work process to find a solution that may work to control the exposure in your workplace.

Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was established in 1970, NIOSH has been developing valuable information, best practices and guidance on engineering control technologies tested during laboratory and field research.  These control technologies have been published in a variety of reports, publications and journal articles, but never in a single repository.  To make the control information more accessible, a database was created to collectively house all the engineering control material.  The database is simple to search, and the control pages are easy to read and understand.

The database contains summaries and schematics/pictures of the controls and details about their effectiveness.  The objective of the database is to provide basic information on engineering control technologies as well as deliver information to users who need engineering control solutions.  The database contains only previously published material authored by NIOSH researchers.  All database entries have been reviewed and edited by subject matter experts for accuracy.
To view the full article click here or visit the NIOSH Engineering Controls Database .

For additional information on topics contained in the database, use NIOSHTIC-2 to search all NIOSH publications.
Upcoming Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Events
SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) 2016, San Francisco, CA, September 13-16, 2016

EHS Today's Safety Leadership Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 19-21, 2016

Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry, Las Vegas, NV, September 19-21, 2016

ABSA International 59th Annual Biological Safety Conference, Grapevine, TX, September 30 - October 5, 2016

AIHA Fall Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 24-25, 2016

ACGIH's Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation and Practical Applications of Useful Equations, Cincinnati, OH, October 31 - November 4, 2016

Sustainable Brands' New Metrics, Boston, MA, November 14-16, 2016

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