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Welders Exposed to Manganese in Welding Fumes Display Neurological Illness

For many years, SGS Galson has recognized and discussed worker exposure to manganese in welding fumes. We have analyzed, and continue to do so, tens of thousands of samples for manganese over more than 45 years. Once again, this issue is making significant news as new research at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis concludes that welders exposed to airborne manganese at estimated levels below federal occupational safety standards exhibit neurological problems similar to Parkinson’s disease.  The study says that current safety standards may not adequately protect welders from dangerous exposure to manganese in welding fumes. More details on the Washington University study is here. Read more from SGS Galson on manganese exposure in welding fumes here and here. SGS Galson offers you the experience to assure your analysis is timely and accurate. For more information, or...

11/21/2016 Additions to SGS Galson SAG

The SAG has been updated to add the following: Hydrochloric Acid, Hydrobromic Acid and Nitric Acid by IC analysis using Method NIOSH 7907 This addition will be reflected on today’s online SAG...

SGS Galson’s Ed Stuber Earns ROH Credential

Ed Stuber, Industrial Hygiene Services Business Development Manager for SGS Galson has added ROH to his credentials, which already include CIH. Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) is the Canadian equivalent of Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) in the United States. Conferred by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH), a national, not-for-profit organization, Stuber is now authorized to provide oversight for certain Canadian projects that require an ROH. Attaining the ROH credential requires a science degree, five years of practical work experience and passing an exam. The oral exam is conducted by a panel of three ROHs each asking a series of questions. “You must answer them fully and think somewhat outside the box,” Stuber said. “To maintain your credential, you must compile points earned by working in the IH field, attending technical conferences, teaching, and attending professional development courses, and be reviewed every...

October 2016 SAG Updates

The following updates were made to the SAG yesterday: Furfuryl Alcohol by GC/FIG method NIOSH 2505, the LOQ has been lowered from 10ug to 5ug using sampling collection volume of 6-25L.  This is to meet the 2016 ACGIH Notice of Intended Changes. Nitrogen Dioxide by in-house method WT-SOP-14 (Colormetric) has been noted as “protect samples from light” and “ship overnight refrigerated” Silica, crystalline by NIOSH 7500 – al methods have been noted as the preferred method over the IR method (NIOSH 7603). These changes are now reflected on today’s SAG...

SGS ACQUIRES AXYS ANALYTICAL SERVICES LTD., CANADA

SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of AXYS Analytical Services Ltd. (AXYS), Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. AXYS is the North American leader in ultra trace analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), Contaminants of Emerging Concerns (CECs) and the early development stages of the fast growing metabolomics business. AXYS holds multiple analysis and matrix accreditations with American (NELAC) and Canadian (CALA) national bodies and is ISO 17025 accredited. It provides analytical testing services to research organizations, regulatory bodies, consultants and industry. Founded in 1974 and privately owned, it employs around 100 experts and is expected to generate 2016 revenues in excess of CAD 12 million. “This acquisition complements the service offering of our recent Accutest acquisition, as well as enhancing our existing environmental network,” said Frankie Ng, CEO of SGS. For further information, please contact: Jean-Luc de Buman Corporate...
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