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Safety info on the health effects of various substances, from ammonia to Western red cedar dust

Oregon OSHA
Ammonia

Ammonia [PDF]
This concise guide includes exposure limits, storage recommendations, and protection.

Safety and health topics: ammonia refrigeration (OSHA)
The OSHA eTool helps you identify and control ammonia refrigeration hazards.

Safety and health topics: ammonia resources (NIOSH)
A web page full of links to resources on ammonia safety

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide [PDF]
A brief guide to testing, limits, and injury prevention, with links to more information

Fact sheet | Carbon monoxide (OSHA) [PDF]
Tips to protect you from carbon monoxide poisoning 

Carbon monoxide hazards from small gas engines (CDC) 
Recommendations and links to the worker notification program and other publications

Chlorine

Chlorine [PDF]
A guide to testing, limits, and injury prevention, with links to more information

Chlorine (NIOSH)
A web page full of links to resources on chlorine safety

Ethylene Oxide

A guide that covers all aspects of ethylene oxide use, including sampling methods, monitoring, protective equipment, emergencies, and hazard communication.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde [PDF]
A comprehensive guide that includes exposure limits, compliance, protective measures, and much more

Controlling formaldehyde exposures during embalming (NIOSH) [PDF]
A brief guide featuring information on local exhaust ventilation

Fact sheet | Formaldehyde (OSHA) [PDF]
Quick facts on formaldehyde, including what employers need to know and how to protect employees

Formaldehyde (OSHA)
OSHA web page on formaldehyde standards, recognition, evaluations, and solutions

Formaldehyde (NIOSH)
NIOSH web page with a pocket guide, safety cards, analytical methods, and resources

Hexavalent chromium

Hexavalent chromium [PDF]
An extensive safety guide, including highlights of the general industry hexavalent chromium standard

Fact sheet | hexavalent chromium (OSHA) [PDF]
Tips on hexavalent chromium

Small entity compliance guide for hexavalent chromium standards (OSHA) [PDF]
Designed to help small businesses comply with HC standards

Hexavalent chromium (OSHA)
Topic page

Hexavalent chromium (NIOSH)
Topic page

Hydrofluoric acid

Hydrofluoric acid
Hydrofluoric acid: emergency preparedness and response (CDC)
Web page includes an overview, toxicology Q&A, medical management guidelines, and detailed information for first responders. 

Recommended medical treatment for hydrofluoric acid exposure (Honeywell) [PDF]
Booklet describes first-aid and medical treatment for hydrofluoric acid burns, including preventive measures and a quick reference guide.

Lead  

Lead [PDF]
An extensive safety guide, including highlights of the occupational lead standards

Lead (EPA) 
Website that focuses on residential and commercial lead testing

Lead poisoning prevention program (Oregon Health Authority)
Emphasizes household lead poisoning in Oregon, plus related resources

Lead (OSHA)
Web page including exposures, controls, enforcement, standards, and highlighted links

Work-related lead poisoning (Oregon Health Authority) 
An overview on lead, plus a link to a lead fact sheet

Workplace safety and health topics for lead (NIOSH/CDC)
Information about workplace lead and what workers and employers can do to lower exposure

Methylene chloride

Hazard alert | Methylene chloride hazards for bathtub refinishers (OSHA/NIOSH)
Methylene chloride can be particularly dangerous when used in small rooms with no ventilation.

Booklet | Methylene chloride (OSHA) [PDF]
A booklet including standards, monitoring, exposures, protection, and training

Methylene chloride (OSHA)
Web page including exposures, controls, enforcement, standards, and highlighted links

Methylene chloride (NIOSH) 
Web page with a pocket guide, safety cards, analytical methods, and resources

Selecting safer chemicals

A guide that walks businesses through the process of reducing chemical hazards by transitioning to safer chemicals.

Transitioning to Safer Chemicals: A Toolkit for Employers and Workers (OSHA)
This OSHA eTool provides employers and workers with information on using informed substitution in the workplace.

OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox
A compilation of resources relevant to chemical substitution and alternatives assessments.   

Silica

Silica safety guide [PDF]
Learn about controlling exposures to respirable crystalline silica, including what rules apply to your business and how to protect worker safety and health.

Small entity compliance guide for the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction (OSHA)
This guide assists small businesses protecting their workers from respirable crystalline silica in construction while providing an overview of the silica standard.

Silica (NIOSH)
A topic page full of resources 

Engineering controls for silica in construction (NIOSH)
Specific guides for jackhammers, cut-off saws, tuckpointing, and concrete grinders

Work safely with silica (Centers for Construction Research and Training) 
An easy-to-use microsite that includes recognizing and controlling silica hazards, plus training

Western red cedar/asthma

Western red cedar asthma [PDF]
An overview of the effects and occupational exposure limits, plus links to other resources

Western red cedar asthma (WorkSafe BC) [PDF]
This short guide answers common questions related to western red cedar risks.

Asthma and Western red cedar (Washington SHARP)
What it is, prevention strategies, control methods, and links

Video library

DVD (no streaming available)

  • Respiratory protection: a breath of fresh air | OCCUPAT-13 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    19 minutes | This vital program thoroughly details OSHA standard 1910.134 and will … Read more
  • Anhydrous ammonia | HAZMAT-10 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    | Ammonia plays a crucial role in the manufacture of many of life's nece … Read more
  • Hexavalent chromium awareness | HAZMAT-02 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    17 minutes | Workers exposed to hexavalent chromium are at risk for lung cancer, pe … Read more
  • Radiation safety: The basics | HAZMAT-07 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    | Radiation exposure—direct or indirect—causes skin lesions, tumors, can … Read more
  • Chemical handling safety: The basics | HAZMAT-09 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    | The simplest formula for safety is knowledge. This program teaches emp … Read more
  • Chlorine Emergencies: An Overview for First Responders | HAZMAT-15
    22 minutes | This program helps you prepare to act in those critical 15 minutes: wh … Read more
  • ANSI material safety data sheet | HAZMAT-1
    13 minutes | This program has been specifically created to educate employees about … Read more
  • Chlorine emergencies: an overview for first responders | HAZMAT-15
    22 minutes | This program was developed to help you prepare to act in those critica … Read more
  • Chemical safety | HAZMAT-16 (English) HAZMAT-17 (espanol)
    8 minutes | This program covers chemical hazards at home and work. It complements … Read more