Waste anesthetic gases can be found in operating rooms, surgical recovery and other post-anesthesia care units, and research labs, and can come from anesthesia machines, ventilators, breathing systems, and waste-gas scavenging systems. WAG include both nitrous oxide and halogenated anesthetics such as halothane, enflurane, isoflurane, desflurane, sevoflurane, and methoxyflurane (no longer used in the United States).
Non-ionizing radiation in the workplace, if not properly controlled, can pose a health risk to exposed workers. Health effects by electric and magnetic field exposure source are noted in radar traffic devices, wireless communications with cellular phones, radio transmission, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
In the workplace, ionizing radiation can come in the forms of naturally occurring radioactive materials, like radon in mining, in industrial or medical radioisotopes, tracer elements, or from x-ray machines, radar generators, nuclear reactors, or hazardous waste sites.
In this blog post, we define silica, discuss the dangers of silica in the workplace, and introduce OSHA's new respirable crystalline silica standards.
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