Some Examples of How It Works

  1. After a spill of acetone in an enclosed space, what is the potential air concentration? Is this concentration above or below the odor threshold, the TLV, the IDLH, the RD50, and the LC50?
  2. What chemicals are used as disinfectants, and which ones can cause occupational asthma?
  3. Solvent exposure—what are organic solvents? In which processes are they used?
  4. What diseases are linked to carpenters and cough?
  5. What chemicals can cause toxic pneumonitis?
  6. Hazardous job tasks for workers in medical or dental services;
  7. Welding hazards;
  8. Hazardous job tasks of manicurists;
  9. Hairdressers may be exposed to what chemicals?
  10. Hazardous job tasks for hypersensitivity pneumonitis;
  11. Jobs with high-risk job tasks for lead exposure;
  12. What processes are associated with carbon monoxide exposure?
  13. What is the biological Exposure Index (BEI) for cadmium?
  14. Which "ketones" are in the database?
  15. What hazards are associated with metalworking fluids?

Hints for Each Example

  1. Type "acetone" and click the Agent icon. Vapor pressure (VP) is a measure of the chemical's volatility at standard room temperature (68 deg F). VP X 1300 = saturated concentration ppm of the chemical after a spill in a confined space (Sullivan & Kreiger, 2001, p. 34) The definitions of odor threshold, TLV, IDLH, RD50, and LC50 are in the Glossary.
  2. See "Using Disinfectants" in Processes. Search "By Processes and Adverse Effects."
  3. Find ORGANIC SOLVENTS by searching for "classes." See the Processes and Activities associated with organic solvents. Also search for "solvents" and click icons for Agents, Diseases, Job Tasks, and Processes.
  4. Under "Occupational Diseases" click "By Jobs and Symptoms." Find "Carpenters" in the dropdown list and check the "cough" checkbox.
  5. Find the disease "Pneumonitis, toxic" and see associated chemicals.
  6. See the Job Tasks category, "Medical or Dental Services."
  7. Search for "welding." Look at the category "Weld" in processes and the category "Heating, Machining, or Welding Metal" in Job Tasks.
  8. Search for "manicurists" in Jobs.
  9. Search for "hair." Find "Dressing Hair" under Processes. Find "Hairdressers" under Jobs.
  10. Look in the disease category "Pneumoconiosis" and find "hypersensitivity pneumonitis."
  11. Type "lead" in the search box, and click the Disease icon. Look at the high-risk job tasks. For each job task, look at the jobs.
  12. Find "carbon monoxide" in Agents, and look at associated processes.
  13. Type "cadmium" in the search box, and click the Agent icon.
  14. Click "By Types of Agents" under "Hazardous Agents." Then click "Solvents" and then "Ketones."
  15. Search for "metalworking" and look under Agents (Oil mist, mineral), Diseases, Job Tasks, and Processes.


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