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True or False: OSHA 29 CFR states that employers must use only respirators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to protect employees from dust produced during abrasive-blasting operations and that abrasive-blasting respirators shall be worn by all abrasive-blasting operators.


The U.S. Department of Energy issued a mandate to cut emissions from new or newly renovated __ to reduce pollution, improve air quality and adopt energy-efficient equipment.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released how much in funding to reduce lead-based paint and other residential health hazards for low-income families?


Volunteers in Bengaluru, India, are applying a cooling coating to what to help provide protection from unusually high temperatures?


True or False: Because of interference from construction on the River Thames, London authorities had to shut down the “super sewer” tunnel, which would have been 16 miles long at completion.


A Slovenian startup created a new security system with integrated real-time facial recognition and “game-changing” ___ for home safety.


A study from the University of Michigan has found that storing chemicals, including paint, in a home garage may be associated with an increased risk of what disease?


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration recently issued a final rule to protect miners from exposure to what?


A new novel sensor with an electrochemical surface coating can detect dangerous what in food production?


True or False: In April, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule for lead paint removal meant to address current contaminations through investigations and cleanup efforts.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule that aims to reduce toxic air pollution from chemical plants used to make organic synthetic organic chemicals, polymers and resins, which is expected to reduce EtO and chloroprene emissions by how much?


President Joe Biden’s Administration issued the first-ever national, legally enforceable drinking water standard to protect communities from exposure to what?


The Association for Materials Protection and Performance published a guideline for ___ safety that aligns with new regulations from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.


A new analysis of ___ paints internationally revealed that some of these paints contain volatile organic compounds and other chemicals of concern, despite being labelled as containing zero to low-VOCs.


The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released a new report that suggests proper pipeline decommissioning on federal lands is hindered by insufficient ___, data limitations and ambiguous requirements.


In the first rule finalized under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prohibited the use of the only known form of what currently used or imported into the country?


Chemists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a sensor to detect tiny quantities of what found in drinking water and other coated products?


A management contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded $1.2 million to Stony Brook University researchers for testing on __ prevention.


A team of scientists from the University of Maine recently developed a ___ surface as part of a coating system that could positively impact healthcare and environmental conservation industries.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would be starting a $3 billion Clean ___ Program, meant to fund zero-emissions equipment and infrastructure to help improve air quality.


Researchers tested the efficacy of three insecticide paints formulations, finding that these paints can eradicate disease-bearing insects for how long?


The American Society of Safety Professionals issued the first national voluntary consensus standard to address what for construction and demolition workers?


Researchers from the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology created a surface coating to protect passengers and crew from what?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved a Clean Air Act permit for Empire Offshore Wind LLC’s Empire 1 and Empire 2 projects, which could power over how many homes each year?


A team of scientific experts have been selected to review the 2023 Draft Risk Evaluation for ___, which is used in paints and coatings, aerospace applications, fabrics and textiles, foam seating and construction materials.


A research team is developing a new coating to repel what in places from household water tanks to thermal power stations?


True or False: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized amendments to improve health and safety precautions that include a 23% increase in the total program cost for Toxic Substances Control Act implementation.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed new efforts to protect communities and the environment from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances by modifying the definition of what?


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission published a petition requesting a new rulemaking to mandate testing and labeling regarding what for flooring?


A team from Mercer University reported that it has created a faster, less expensive method to identify and quantify what in new paint?


Researchers have begun testing a new coating for the walls of the International Experimental Thermonuclear Reactor (ITER) to find a substance to withstand damage caused by what?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that chemical solutions company Chemours has agreed to perform sampling for what at its Washington Works facility in Washington, West Virginia?


To improve health and safety, the City of Las Vegas will be offering free ___ assessments and remediation.


International construction services company Turner Construction is working to better understand the effects of what on the health of construction workers?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began the process to prioritize how many additional toxic chemicals for risk evaluation under the Toxic Substances Control Act?


At the end of 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its second annual report highlighting the objectives that were achieved under its ___ Strategic Roadmap.


True or false: Although the term “sandblasting” is still often used to describe abrasive blasting industry, sand contains free silica and due to its classification as a carcinogenic, is widely banned for blasting purposes.


The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration unveiled its annual top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2023, with __ taking the top spot.


The Biden-Harris Administration announced a proposal to its Lead and Copper Rule, with the goal of replacing all lead service lines within ___ years.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal to strengthen rules that protect people from exposure to two toxic chemicals, phenol, isopropylated phosphate and what?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published proposed updates to which standard, which helps consumers and purchasers for facilities find products made with chemical ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment?


At the beginning of November, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a commitment of more than $211 million in funding to enhance ___ safety efforts across the U.S.


Today, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is holding a meeting of the Maritime Advisory Committee, which will, in part, provide updates on the OSHA __ standard rulemaking initiative.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a proposal to ban all uses of __ to protect against serious health risks for workers.


The Royal Society of Chemistry is reportedly asking the U.K. government to reassess current drinking water standards as it aims reduce the levels of what in Britain’s drinking water?


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers launched a $7.5 billion credit assistance program for ___ safety projects.


Emergency Management Planning and Assistance researchers are developing what, which can be repaired and recycled, as well as flame-retardant and mechanically strong?


True or False: Under the new rule proposed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, regulator stations are not required to be designed with secondary pressure relief valves.


If passed, a Florida heat standard would require construction and agriculture companies with five or more employees to give them 10-minute breaks in the shade every two hours on days when the heat index hits __ degrees Fahrenheit.


A recently published study has concluded that young Black children living in racially segregated U.S. neighborhoods face a heightened risk of potentially brain-damaging exposure to what?


The Alexandria Fire Department in Virginia issued a public warning about a __ spill that had contaminated waterways.


New York residents are calling for lab testing for what, which have been falling off the elevated subway station at Brighton Beach Avenue in Brooklyn, New York City?


Catalyst-coated ___ have been designed to transform indoor air pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds, into harmless composites.


Under the Toxic Substances Control Act section 5, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is required to review new chemicals within how many days to assess the potential risks to human health?


True or False: Because per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances do not vary widely in structure and physical-chemical properties, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would not require additional testing on PFAS.


A team of polymer chemists developed a sustainable, ___ method for removing per- and polyfluorinated substances from water.


True or False: Engineers at the University of Bath in England developed a new kind of polymer-coated membrane that can separate chemicals for air purification.


The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy announced that the City of Flint has met requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act for ___ years straight.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $58 million grant program to protect children at school and childcare facilities from lead in what?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to protect workers from exposure from what?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a revised risk determination for ___ through the Toxic Substances Control Act, evaluating it as a whole chemical substance.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to protect workers from exposure from what?


A study conducted by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment reports to have found that some coatings for what can potentially be harmful to the environment?


The International Maritime Organization announced that they have adopted a new strategy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, with a goal of reaching net zero emissions from international shipping close to what year?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to strengthen requirements for the removal of what hazards to protect against childhood exposure?


The U.S. Geological Survey reported that at least how much of the nation’s tap water is estimated to have one of more types of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a final rule to require comprehensive reporting on all six fiber types of what under the Toxic Substances Control Act?


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into the potential impacts of a workplace what on small business?


Parts of Broward County, Florida, were placed under quarantine after a __ that can harm building exteriors, including plaster, stucco and paint, was spotted in the area.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to update the Toxics Release Inventory chemical list to identify how many additional per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances subject to reporting requirements?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed risk management ban on most uses of what?


In May, California air regulators voted to ban the use of what in a variety of applications due to high toxicity?


A study examining the presence of metals in what common West African meal recently led to the investigation of corrosion?


A new, thin film made of __ has been developed to mitigate the transfer of pathogens on high-traffic objects.


A Harvard study found that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule Revision annually generates ___ in health benefits.


Researchers from the University of Houston have created a new site monitoring system to enhance what at job sites?


True or False: Workers Memorial Day, which honors workers whose jobs claimed their lives, began in 1970.


Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a ban on most uses of what, used in both industrial and commercial settings, under the Toxic Substances Control Act?


Samples from a creek and estuary in Sidney, British Columbia, show what is believed to be a __ spill.


A bill sponsored by Illinois State Senator Linda Holmes would establish a program to safety dispose of what in the state?


A recent report from the International Energy Agency found that the global energy sector produced nearly ___ million tons of methane emission in 2022, an increase from the year prior.


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that responds to how many petitions?


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that responds to how many petitions?


An international conference will return for its second year this September in Sweden to discuss challenges, solutions and approaches toward __ prevention.


A research group found that proton-form __ have an excellent inactivation effect against influenza and COVID-19.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the final rule amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for what types of facilities?


The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced a proposal for first-ever national drinking water standard for how many per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances?


True or False: The U.S. Army Corps discovered severe corrosion to a pump in the New Orleans flood protection system.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a memorandum emphasizing the need for states to assess the potential __ risks at drinking water systems to protect public drinking water.


France is appealing the annulment by the European Court of Justice regarding the classification of what?


The European Commission released two proposed directives to improve the protection of works from health risks linked to exposure to lead and what?


After __ years of construction, a new water treatment facility has opened in the City of Wausau, Wisconsin, making water for residents free of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.


In Australia, a delivery truck lost control and rolled over onto its side, spilling six tons of what onto the highway?


A proposal from the California Air Resources Board would ban the use of what in decorative plating by 2027?


A report from national transportation research nonprofit TRIP showed that which state’s transportation system is still in need of road and bridge improvements, as well as safety and capacity upgrades?


The Singapore Government is considering issuing limits on ___ emissions in building products and household furnishings.


Researchers at Bournemouth University developed and patented a new ___ sensor to improve safety and reliability of large structures.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to strengthen key national ambient air quality standards for what?


The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently awarded a $125,000 grant for the development of a standardized method to characterize the release of ___-based coatings.


Abrasive products and brushes manufacturer Weiler Abrasives recently expanded its SPOT Safety Training Program for how many focused training modules?


True or false: In abrasive blasting work, 100-micron-sized dust particles are respirable and therefore dangerous to health.


An unnamed manufacturer sent its antimicrobial coating to EMSL Analytical Inc. for testing and found that the coatings remained effective for how long?


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited a metal coatings company at its New Jersey manufacturing site for how many violations?


The Environmental Protection Agency announced its approval of the Standard Test Method to Measure Volatiles from radiation curable ___ monomers, oligomers, and blends and thin coatings made from them.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it has finalized a revision to the risk determination for which pigment?


Which state has the lowest percentage of bridges on the National Highway System classified in “poor” condition?


Viaducts along Central Park in Chicago have been water blasted after testing found high levels of what?


True or False: The National Infrastructure Advisory Council was established in 2008.


In August, what type of 10-year-old bridge collapsed in Norway?


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that it was providing training scholarships to increase the number of certified individuals to remove what?


Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reportedly developed a biodegradable system to replace __ found in agricultural products, paints and cosmetics.


Construction engineering company SK ecoplant is working with CMD Group to produce low-carbon construction materials by recycling what?


An Iowa public pool closed earlier this year because of what type of paint defect?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed an update to its cleanup plan for the Cosden Chemical Coatings Corporation Superfund site, which would inject what directly into the aquifer?


A farmer in Norfolk, England recently used what to whitewash the glass roofs of greenhouses?


The Christchurch City Council in New Zealand recently found that ___, coming from the Bromley Wastewater Treatment Plant, has affected lead paint on nearby properties.


True or False: 15 of the 25 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. reported in 2020 were the positions in the construction industry.


To address heat-related illness and death among construction workers, the Construction Injury Prevention Act in Texas would require at least one paid 15-minute rest break every __ hours.


New York legislature recently passed a bill for the ___ industry, with the goal of better protecting workers.


California’s recent legislation to protect employees from ultrahigh heat lays out specific workers’ rights regarding outdoor work in temperatures exceeding __.


In July, the Canadian government published a renewed agenda that focuses on what types of emissions to improve air quality?


While construction is currently halted due to safety concerns, when finished, the estimated $1.1 billion Harbor Bridge will span ___ miles.


Street crews and city officials recently applied the first-ever cool pavement coating in _____________ as part of a $1 million project to combat heat and address heat-related illness and death.


Decorative paints company Coral, an AkzoNobel-owned brand, has recently developed a _________-repellent coating to fight against dengue fever in Brazil.


What color were the paint flakes found in a Maryland neighborhood from work on a nearby television tower?


True or False: Recent medical studies on workplace lead exposure show that adverse health effects could occur in adults at higher blood lead levels than what was previously recognized.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced $520 million in funding available to protect low-income households from ______________.


True or False: A recently scrapped red, white and blue paint job proposal for Air Force One from former President Donald Trump would contribute to excessive temperatures on the plane.


Which of the following companies was not a recipient of the first test order for the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act under the National Testing Strategy for PFAS substances found in commercial firefighting foam and other uses?


What is the non-abrasive cleaning method used where laser energy is focused and absorbed by the surface to produce favorable modifications?


The European Space Agency is studying titanium oxide materials for what kind of coating on the International Space Station?


At the end of May, a mural artist in Florida was rescued from the ___________ he was working on after the motor on his lift equipment failed.


Scientists have modelled a polysulfide coating made from waste products to absorb what kind of pollution from water?


Established in 1993, what is the “safe” blood lead level value specified under OSHA’s Lead Standards?


Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have developed a nontoxic coating for medical implants that uses what metal?


True or False: 29 CFR 1910.146 is the OSHA standard that regulates work in permit-required confined spaces, including the use of plural-component spray application equipment.


A research team from Northwestern University developed a sponge to clean polluted waters and can absorb ___ times its weight in oil.


According to a recent study, city streets are safer for pedestrians when the asphalt roadways are painted with art, reducing the rate of car crashes involving pedestrians or cyclists by what percentage?


What color paint was recently spilled by a truck on Kelly Avenue in Edmond, Oklahoma?


The New York City Department of Buildings reports that building construction-related incidents in the city have dropped what percentage compared to 2020?


The newly launched National Emphasis Program requires OSHA inspectors and compliance assistance specialists are to engage in proactive outreach and technical assistance on days when the heat index is above what temperature?


The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently released a report on the commercial availability and current uses of ________ found in various paints, coatings and varnishes.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule to prohibit ongoing uses of the only known form of _______ currently imported into the United States.


True or False: The First Judicial Department of the New York Appellate Division ruled that Lloyd’s of London and other insurers were not liable to pay over $100 million into a California abatement fund regarding the sale of Dutch Boy lead paint by NL Industries.


A broken pipeline in Edwardsville, Illinois, leaked roughly how many gallons of crude oil last month?


True or False: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently proposed a new regulation to set maximum containment levels in drinking water for two forms of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid.


This year, the American Society of Civil Engineers released a new evaluation framework regarding _______ damage and potential fire ignitions.


A team of researchers from Texas A&M University recently presented a new type of coating that could limit the __________ of wood used in construction.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will oversee the cleanup of how many total acres of the Beck’s Lake Superfund site?


In 2019, Cleveland City Council passed a law mandating the obtainment of _____-safe certificates fore rental properties, landlords and property owners by March 1, 2023.


Last month, the Biden-Harris Administration announced the launch of a new program to improve _____ quality in buildings.


A condominium in south Minneapolis experiencing cracks in the hallways and common areas between the third and tenth floors is made up of two former _________.


An additive developed by a research team from the Korea Institute of Materials Science increased a resin’s antibacterial properties by 99.99% and its antiviral properties by more than how many times?


A recent study published by the Swiss-based Environmental Action has found that paint accounts for what percentage of microplastics in the world’s oceans and waterways?


An estimated ____ gallons of waste product associated with the manufacture of paint was spilled by truck hauling company, Action Enterprise, while leaving a coatings plant in Illinois last month.


Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was requested to reconsider its final risk evaluation regarding:


True or False: Leaseholders will have to pay for costs associated with cladding work from the United Kingdom’s Building Safety Bill.


During a winter storm last month in Texas, what kind of energy was used to provide additional power to the state’s grid?


A final ban for consumer and residential uses of lead-based paints was issued in what year?


The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently issued a Consolidated Notice, allotting funding for ________.


Researchers from the University of Waterloo discovered that by applying a thin-film ___ coating, SARS-CoV-2 could be more easily inactivated or destroyed.


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are currently investigating Tesla regarding complaints about the company’s ___.


A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration prioritizes heat-related interventions on days when the heat index exceeds what?


True or False: Software firm Trimble recently announced the release of a robotic dog with a 3D laser scanner, which would help users navigate challenges in the environment.


The October 2021 California oil spill incident resulted in at least ____ gallons of oil, or 3,000 barrels, to be released into the ocean.


True or False: Following the derailment of Amtrak’s Empire Builder train, railroad safety experts believe it is unlikely that the accident was caused by human error.


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published an emergency temporary standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees implement a COVID-19 vaccination by which 2022 date?


According to a JPCL author, this modification to a sewage environment is the most widely used method of corrosion protection:


In September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new training initiative that teaches safe work practices for what?


True or False: An explosion in Ohio earlier this year led to the loss of roughly 30% of all alkyd resins.


In California, homes and businesses are responsible for how much of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions?


True or False: Building emissions in the U.S. currently make up 43% of the nation’s total emissions.


When is the NSF/ANSI/CAN 600: “Health Effects Evaluation and Criteria in Drinking Water” standard scheduled to take effect?


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced recently that it would grant $11.6 million in grants, marking the __ year that the grant money increased.


The Boston City Council recently approved a new ordinance that requires all buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to eliminate carbon emissions by when?


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a temporary emergency statement requiring employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workforces are either fully vaccinated or that unvaccinated employees provided negative COVID-19 tests how often?


The EPA recently announced its plan to better protect public health and the environment through the regulation of what type of pollution?


What type of protection violations for workplace safety standards have been at the top of the safety violation list for the past decade, prompting the recent “Weekend Work” initiative in Colorado?


After a truck crashed into a pedestrian bridge in Washington, D.C., a fuel leak led to how many gallons of diesel fuel to spill into nearby drains?


In June, a 1.5-million-gallon water tank exploded at which water facility in Lemoore, California?


The Washington State Department of Ecology is scheduled to propose its decision on whether to prohibit PCB levels in paint in:


On May 20, the National Association of Home Builders hosted the first-ever:


True or false: A recently published study linked paint-stripping chemical methylene chloride to less deaths than what has previously been acknowledged by the Environmental Protection Agency.


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently released this free tool to help researchers, employers, workers, practitioners and policymakers understand and improve workers’ health:


According to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, of the 85 deaths tied to paint-stripping chemical methylene chloride that researchers examined, what percentage of them took place in the workplace?


In April, the Yenkin-Majestic Paints plant experienced an explosion, resulting in one fatality and numerous injuries. Where is the plant located?


What state recently became the sixth in the nation to create a worker protection unit?


In the wake of a recent extension, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will now be seeking public input on the Revised Lead and Copper Rule until:


In March, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a national emphasis program focusing on _________ efforts for companies that put the largest number of workers at risk of contracting COVID-19.


According to the 2021 Dangerous by Design report recently released by Smart Growth America, the number of pedestrians struck and killed by drivers nationwide over the last decade has increased:


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the dates for this year’s National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The eighth annual event is slated to take place:


Earlier this year, China REACH went into effect, which aims to streamline the registration process for new _______ going into the country.


True or false: A report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Inspector General issued in February revealed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration did not provide the level of oversight needed to keep workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Construction employment numbers in February fell by about 61,000, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors America of new government data released in March. The AGC cited continued weakness in new nonresidential projects and what else as a primary driver?


USDOL’s OSHA recently revealed its annual top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2020. What was the year’s most frequently cited standard?


What is the MUC for an employee wearing a half-mask air purifying respirator (APF=10) in an atmosphere full of sulfur dioxide gas (PEL=5 ppm)?


True or false: All respirator filters and cartridges used in the workplace must have a “TC Number.”


True or false: In offshore oil and gas platform projects, ATEX 138 is the directive for workplace safety.


True or false: California’s AB 685 law identifies and defines three jobsite COVID-19 triggering events and provides notification requirements for each.


Physiological monitoring platform Kenzen is testing out a new, wearable smart device to monitor the following except:


How many lives were lost in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill off the U.S. Gulf Coast?


What is the OSHA standard dictating requirements for respiratory protection, including guidelines for respirator selection, fit, testing, maintenance, care and more?


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final risk evaluation for n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), showing that there are unreasonable risks to workers and consumers in _____ out of 37 conditions of use.


True or false: California’s AB 685 law allows for state regulators to shut down jobsites should Cal/OSHA determine that the workplaces pose a risk of an “imminent hazard.”


The U.S. Department of Labor has recently made adjustments to the Occupational Safety and Health administration’s civil penalty amounts, increasing maximum penalties for serious and other-than-serious violations from $13,494 per violation to?


What state recently launched a state-wide emphasis program to reduce employee exposures to respirable crystalline silica and prevent silicosis?


True or false: At the end of December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released for public comment a proposed set of updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act’s Fees Rule.


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its annual reminder to specific employers to submit the required injury and illness date for 2020 by:


Throughout FY 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted how many inspections in response to worker complaints, injuries and fatalities, and referrals impacted by COVID-19?


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report for 2019, the construction industry saw how many fatal injuries?


In a new study by the University of Oregon’s Institute for Health in the Built Environment, a team of academics and industry partners are looking at how mass timber could be used in what type of construction?


What pigment did the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently release a revised draft risk evaluation for?


What U.S. university was recently awarded a $1.8 million grant to develop a safer ladder?


Spray painting in a shipyard environment presents which hazards?


A study found that which areas are the most impacted of an overtired worker?


True of false: HAPS stands for "health analysis protocols."


Fumes from aluminum and other metals and their alloys generated during thermal spraying are unpleasant to smell and could cause flu-like symptoms for hours or days. What is this condition called?


In what region are scientists developing anti-viral surface coatings to combat COVID-19?


True or false: An analysis of safety data sheets (SDS) for both polyurethane coatings and coatings classified as being non-isocyanate-containing revealed that there was no substantial difference between personal protective equipment requirements in the SDSs for the two types of coatings.


True or false: OSHA issued two new protocols for respirator fit testing in the Fall of 2019.


True or false: Breathing grade compressed air (Grade D, as specified by the Compressed Gas Association) must contain 23.5-25% of oxygen by volume.


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is a unit of what larger organization?


True or false: OSHA cannot issue a citation unless one of its regulations has not been violated.


What substance was being discussed when a PaintSquare reader wrote the following: “Abrasive blasting creates inhalation hazards for the blaster as well anyone within the zone of influence no matter what kind of media you use"?


True or false: According to the EPA, the national level of inhalable particles in the air, based upon monitoring at 121 sites, has decreased 26% between 1990 and 2018.


True or false: With respirator use during abrasive blasting, the approved air hose from the respirator manufacturer must be used.


True or false: For work in hazardous environments, OSHA requires work practice and engineering controls to mitigate the hazards before respiratory protection is employed.


What organization offers the Spanish-language manual, Manual De Seguridad Y Campo De Salud?


True or false: The breathing air of a supplied air respirator can be a potential inhalation hazard to abrasive blasters.


True or false: Recently, the European Commission officially decided to classify titanium dioxide in its powder form as not suspected of causing cancer to humans.


True or false: Particles of concrete dislodged from a concrete substrate by abrasive blasting do not pose any inhalation hazards.


Among these workplace hazards, which one is not one of OSHA’s “Fatal Four?”


Of 8,400 classrooms for 3-K through first grade in New York City, how many were found to be contaminated with lead paint during inspections in 2019?


What organization conducts research on safety and health issues and provides technical assistance to OSHA?


True or false: In fiscal year 2018, OSHA investigations of whistleblower complaints decreased from complaints investigated in the previous year.


True or false: Some of the toxic health effects of methylene chloride can occur after a very short, acute exposure.


True or false: Abrasive blast workers are not regularly exposed to noise in excess of 120 dBA.


True or false: Bitrex can be used for respirator fit testing.


In a private survey of architects and hospital administrators, what was the least important attribute of wall coatings for hospitals?


Who said: “There was some pining for the old, forgiving lead-based paints, but the data clearly shows that modern coatings outclass the old technology and certainly have achieved and even exceeded environmental and worker-safety goals that initially seemed so challenging.”?


True or false: European authorities are studying the possibility that titanium dioxide may be a carcinogen to humans.


Opacity observations of air pollution emissions are sometimes reported using what rating system?


True or false: While OSHA’s Construction Industry standards require that abrasive blasting respirators be worn during abrasive blasting operations, its General Industry standards do not have this requirement.


In a recently published guidance document, the American Industrial Hygiene Association named and described four, often chronic, construction site health hazards: high temperatures, air contaminants, noise and what fourth hazard?


True or false: NIOSH is the organization that defines the content of Grade D breathing air, required in CFR 1910.134 for supplied air respirators.


True or false: Saccharin is not accepted by OSHA as an agent for qualitative fit testing of respirators.


True or false: Abrasive blasting of concrete substrates can produce silica sand inhalation hazards.


True or false: OSHA's Construction Industry Fall Protection Standard requiring controls for fall hazards is not invoked until work is conducted at a height of 10 feet or higher.


True or false: All dust is dangerous to breathe and abrasive blasting, whether it is wet abrasive blasting or dry abrasive blasting, generates dust above the PEL recommended by NIOSH and enforced by OSHA, says a JPCL writer.


How are the number of OSHA’s field inspections expected to change in the next two years?


Ventilation is what form of control to mitigate the hazard of air pollutants in the workplace, according to NIOSH?


Among the top 10 violation types in 2018, where on the list did "personal protective and lifesaving equipment—eye and face protection” place, according to an OSHA announcement?


According to NIOSH, the hierarchy of hazard controls considers which one of the following to be the least desirable?


True or false: According to a PaintSquare blogger, respiratory protection plans are usually properly implemented.


True or false: According to OSHA, the “Fatal Four” leading causes of construction industry fatalities are falls, electrocution, being struck by an object and crushing.


True or false: According to OSHA, inhalation hazards that can be derived from a concrete substrate when abrasive blasting include asbestos and silicates but not silica sand.


True or false: OSHA has been petitioned to create a standard on worker exposure to high heat.


True or false: Abrasive blast cleaning workers are regularly exposed to noise in excess of 120 dBA.


True or false: OSHA can issue a citation even if one of its regulations has not been violated.


True or false: Workplace fatalities increased slightly in 2017.


True or false: Neither the irritant smoke test nor the banana oil test are quantitative fit test methods for air-purifying and supplied-air respirators.


True or false: OSHA requires the use of personal protective equipment before an employer can use administrative or engineering controls to eliminate or reduce the workplace hazard of contaminated air.


True or false: According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, “occupational skin diseases are the second most common type of occupational disease.”


True or false: The maximum level of carbon monoxide allowed by OSHA for breathing air used in air-supplied respirators is 10 ppm.


Which of the following causes of construction worker fatalities is not among the top four, according to OSHA statistics for 2014?


True or false: According to a write-up on PaintSquare, failure to ensure that Grade D breathing air is supplying a blast hood is the top failing in implementing a respiratory protection plan.


True or false: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that male construction industry workers are the least likely to commit suicide among all industries.


True or false: Manufacturers of supplied air respirators must acquire approval for these products from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


What is an example of an engineering control, according to OSHA, during cleaning or painting operations in an enclosed space?


True or false: For a supplied-air respirator, OSHA requires Grade D air with an oxygen content of 19.5 to 23.5 percent.


True or false: A recent Durability + Design poll found that 90 percent of respondents said the painting industry is properly educated on the potential of hearing loss caused by solvent exposure, as described by OSHA.


True or false: Threshold limit values on exposure to chemical substances are legally binding limits.


True or false: HAPS is an acronym for hazardous air particulates.


True or false: ANSI/NSF 61 addresses the health effects of coatings for potable water tanks but not coatings performance issues.


True or false: The anhydrous calcium chloride test for measuring moisture in concrete slabs is a quantitative rather than a qualitative test.


True or false: NIOSH announced on Aug. 22 that it posted on its website FAQs and training videos offering guidance on OSHA’s new silica rule.


True or false: Lyndon Johnson signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, establishing OSHA.


True or false: Non-sparking tools can produce sparks.


A high-efficiency particulate air filter removes over 99 percent of particles larger than what size?


True or false: NIOSH conducts research on health and safety and provides assistance to OSHA.


True or false: UHP technology has been modified to create specialized firefighting equipment.


True or false: Opacity observations of air pollution emissions are sometimes reported using the Kasmirsky Scale.


True or false: Tests determined that the cladding panels—aluminum sheets with a polyethylene core—were the only possible cause of the rapid flame spread during the Grenfell Tower fire in London.


True or false: According to NIOSH, hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the construction industry.


True or false: Exposure to solvents used in paints can cause hearing loss.


True or false: The maximum level of carbon monoxide allowed by OSHA in breathing air for supplied-air respirators is 50 ppm.


True or false: SHAPP is the abbreviation for the emission standard set by the EPA to cover exposure to hazardous air pollutants in steel fabrication and paint shops, among other facilities.


True or false: The number of worker fatalities declined by more than half from 1971, when OSHA was established, to 2016.


True or false: According to an EPA risk assessment, the dangers of methylene chloride exposure include death; certain cancers; and liver, kidney and reproductive toxicities as a result of both short, acute exposure and years of occupational exposure.


True or false: A recent NIOSH study concluded there is a definitive correlation between occupational noise exposure and heart disease.


True or false: In abrasive blasting work, 100-micron-sized dust particles are respirable and therefore dangerous to health.


Which of the following entities has filed a lawsuit against OSHA over the issuance of its beryllium rule?


True or false: NIOSH conducts research on safety and health issues and provides technical assistance to OSHA.


True or false: OSHA’s Construction Industry Fall Protection Standard is invoked when a worker operates at a height of 10 feet or greater.


True or false: Whether you are wet blasting or dry blasting, you must use a Type CE supplied-air respirator.


True or false: Of seven problems with air-fed respirator usage, the one listed first in a recent PaintSquare blog is not ensuring that the respirator is being supplied with Grade D breathing air.


What organization publishes the Supervisor’s Safety Manual for painting contractors?


True or false: There are three broad sources of potential inhalation hazards from abrasive blasting, according to a JPCL article.


True or false: OSHA requires every supplied-air respirator user to understand the hazards the respirator protects him or her from, but it does not require the user to understand how to maintain the respirator.


In abrasive blasting work, how small do dust particles have to be to make them respirable and therefore dangerous to health?


True or false: Replacement parts for air-supplied respirators, if they are not from the original manufacturer, must be approved by NIOSH.


Which of the following alternatives is an engineering control for an air-contaminant workplace hazard?


True or false: According to a recent JPCL article, over 350 workers die each year as a result of falls when working at heights.


True or false: OSHA has extended the date of enforcement of its respirable silica exposure rule by six months.


What is an example of an engineering control, according to OSHA, during cleaning or painting operations in an enclosed space?


Respirators must be approved by what agency?


Where do many toxic and oxygen-displacing gases accumulate in confined spaces?


True or false: According to a recent D+D In Depth article, there are no standards for durable color performance of field-applied coatings with bright colors, such as Safety Red.


True or false: A recent decision by a state supreme court has established that companies are not liable if members of an employee’s household are sickened by secondhand asbestos exposure.


True or false: As of 2016, hazard communication lapses dominated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's annual list of the most frequently cited federal workplace safety violations in the U.S. for five years in a row.


Which of the following types of contaminants, introduced in the vicinity of a person wearing a half-mask respirator to determine if it fits properly, are allowed by OSHA for quantitative fit testing?


Which of the following alternatives is an engineering control for an air-contaminant workplace hazard?


What is the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims, according to a safety association cited in a D+D article?


True or false: The health effects of exposure to titanium dioxide (TiO2) have recently come into question in a study carried out by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


True or false: Sick building syndrome is the same as “building-related illness.”


True or false: Accelerated testing of exterior coatings containing nanoparticles, conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has produced data about the release of nanoparticles into the environment that may help in assessing the health and environmental impacts from these releases.


True or false: A study published in The Lancet estimated that 4,600 deaths worldwide were caused by silicosis in 2013.


According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the hierarchy of hazard controls considers which one of the following to be the least desirable?


According to the EPA, what is the diameter of particles that are respirable?


True or false: Permissible exposure limits and threshold limit values are legally binding limits.


True or false: Abrasive blast workers are regularly exposed to noise levels of 90-100 decibels.


What instrument would you use to measure a floor's traction?


True or false: The new OSHA action level for exposure to crystalline silica has been reduced from 100 micrograms per cubic meter to 25 micrograms per cubic meter, time-weighted average in an 8-hour period.


In abrasive blasting work, how small do dust particles have to be to make them respirable?


True or false: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for developing and enforcing mandatory job safety and health standards.


Recommendations in SSPC-Guide 12 on lighting of industrial coating projects, formerly derived from the now defunct ANSI/IES, Practice for Industrial Lighting, have been replaced with recommendations from what state’s specification on bridge construction?


What is the abbreviation for the emission standard set by EPA to cover exposure to hazardous air pollutants in steel fabrication and paint shops, among other facilities?


What is the name of the provision in OSHA standards that is used in inspections where there are no specific standards applicable to the particular hazard involved?


True or false: OSHA estimates that its new “Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction” standard will save over 600 lives and prevent 900 new cases of silicosis each year.


True or false: OSHA’s new Construction Industry Standard on exposure to crystalline silica establishes a PEL of 100 micrograms of silica per-cubic-meter of air at an eight-hour time weighted average (TWA).


True or false: A body belt with a lifeline connected to a secure anchorage is accepted as a safe personal fall arrest system by OSHA.


What is the new permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica, in micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift?


True or false: A person hanging in a harness after a fall can die from suspension trauma if the rescue is delayed.


What organization conducts an annual assessment of structurally deficient bridges in the U.S.?


Five painters died and three were injured in a 2007 confined space accident in what type of facility?


According to OSHA's recent announcement, what was the most cited safety violation to date in 2015?


True or False: Federal agencies are not required to comply with the same health and safety standards as private-sector employers.


The National Floor Safety Institute makes what claim about slips and falls in the workplace?


True or false: The American Industrial Hygiene Association conducts research on safety and health issues and provides technical assistance to OSHA.


In what waters did an offshore platform disaster occur, resulting in the death of 167 men?


According to a study published in The Lancet, how many deaths worldwide were caused by silicosis in 2013?


True or false: Persons designated as Program Administrators of a company’s respiratory protection program must be trained and certified by OSHA.


True or false: OSHA’s General Duty Clause requires employees to comply with safety standards and regulations.


True or false: According to the American Chemistry Council, OSHA is regulating the permissible exposure limits of 99% of the 8,300 chemicals used in significant amounts in the workplace.


True or false: More than 95 percent of OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) on hazardous chemicals in the workplace were updated in 2013-2014.


True or false: OSHA’s Fall Protection Standard is invoked when workers are at heights of 6 feet or greater.


True or false: If a coating has 50 grams per liter or less of VOCs, it is said to be HAPS-free.


All respiratory protection equipment used in the workplace must be approved by what organization?


True or false: According to a recent Applicator Training Bulletin in JPCL, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 lists and describes the responsibilities of both employers and employees for safety in the workplace.


True or false: If ventilation is used on a worksite to mitigate safety hazards, it is classified by OSHA as personal protective equipment.


The approval of what agency is required for supplied-air respirators?


The revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, which went into effect in May 2012, requires training of employees on new label elements and safety data sheet formats by what date?


True or False: Polished concrete, when properly processed, will meet or exceed the slip-coefficient of friction requirements of ANSI/NFSI.


What is the name of the collection of northeastern states and the District of Columbia working together to reduce ground-level ozone?


LEED v4 makes its official debut at the Greenbuild Show in November. What was the previous version of LEED called?


Why is crystalline silica sand more likely to cause silicosis when it is used for abrasive blasting, as opposed to when it blows around on a beach?


True or false: OSHA’s 2008 National Emphasis Program on Crystalline Silica explicitly identified abrasive blast cleaning as a high-exposure activity.


What organization recently issued recommended exposure limits to carbon nanotubes and nanofibers?


Which of the following alternatives is an engineering control for an air-contaminant workplace hazard?


What agency is in charge of testing and certifying respirators?


True or false: Working at a height of 6 feet invokes OSHA’s Construction Industry Fall Protection Standard (29 CFR 1926 Subpart L).


What organization tests for the health effects of coatings in contact with potable water?


True or False: Federal agencies must comply with the same health and safety standards as private-sector employers.


Five painters died and three were injured in a 2007 confined space accident in what type of facility?


Breathing grade compressed air (Grade D, as specified by the Compressed Gas Association) must contain what percentage of oxygen by volume?


True or false: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for developing and enforcing mandatory job safety and health standards.


What is the most important reason for a lanyard to be flexible when it is used with a lifeline and safety harness?


Manufacturers of supplied air respirators must acquire approval for these products from what agency?


Where are you most likely to find oxygen-deficient air?


True or false: The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health prepares and publishes standards on safety in the workplace.


According to OSHA, what is the primary problem with this marine scaffolding assembly?


In abrasive blasting work, how small do dust particles have to be to make them respirable and therefore dangerous to health?


What is the source of the specification for Grade D breathing air?


If you are using a supplied-air respirator for protection during abrasive blast cleaning, when is it OK to take it off?


True or false: Federal law requires that Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), also know as a Product Safety Data Sheet, be published by coating manufacturers for their products, and that employers have these data sheets on hand in the workplace.


What is the minimum oxygen content of air suitable for breathing?


Skylights on roofs that do not meet OSHA regulatory requirements for hole covers need to have what OSHA-mandated safeguard?


What organization conducts research on safety and health issues and provides technical assistance to OSHA?


What safety precautions does OSHA require when work is conducted from swing stages 10 feet or more above the ground?


An individual using power tools to remove lead-containing paint is wearing a full face respirator with P100 (HEPA) filters and has been fit-tested using the banana oil method. What is the allowable lead exposure level for this worker, according to OSHA Standards?

Arnold Ferguson, CIH, CSP


 
 
   

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