This Tech Talk provides a basic overview of 3D printing processes and hazards. Part 2 in this series will provide additional details on exposure assessment methods and results.
Additive manufacturing or “3D printing” is a set of technology platforms used to build 3D objects through the successive addition of material into the programmed shape. Metallic, ceramic, polymer, composite or other objects are made from 3D model data using printer parameters to deposit and join materials, usually layer by layer.
By Mitchell Boyarsky, Shannon R. Magari and Jennifer Mallory
Despite scientific evidence regarding the success of Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines under “Operation Warp Speed,” and a U.S. government thrust to inoculate the public, employers still should exercise care when implementing vaccine policies for the workplace. Vaccine mandates have long been controversial, and unfortunately a uniform public opinion on the necessity of COVID-19 vaccines remains unclear.
Beryllium (Be) is a strong, light metal useful in electronics, aerospace, and for windows in radiation detection equipment. From a worker health perspective exposure to beryllium is linked to beryllium sensitization and Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD), which is incurable, debilitating, and potentially fatal.
Colden Corporation continues to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, following the guidance of public health authorities and taking steps to keep our employees safe and support our clients and partners. We remain open to provide services remotely as well as on-site for critical work functions.
Colden epidemiologist, Dr. Shannon Magari will be leading the Colden teams dedicated to COVID-19 response.
Safety committees bring together a cross section of employee and management representatives who together strive to address the safety issues that arise in any organization. Safety committees serve as a pipeline for all employees to bring to the fore issues creating potential harm.
Colden’s Senior Consultant, Catherine Bobenhausen, recently participated in a task force formed by the President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to address the growing interest in wellness in buildings.