Website moved to new host

Today the website was moved to a new host, which should improve speed and make it easier for us to implement the changes we would like to make as we move toward a not-for-profit model for the organization. If you notice any unusual things such as links that don’t work, we would appreciate your emailing […]

ALARA Update

The ALARA Update is essentially a blog where we will talk about issues of importance to the wider occupational hygiene community as well as those of specific interest to our consulting clients and the participants in our professional development courses. This section of the site is intended as a spot where we can update visitors […]

ALARA has discontinued all course activity

ALARA has discontinued offering our classroom courses. We have “retired” from full-time occupational hygiene consulting and in addition to terminating our in-plant hygiene sampling activities, we are discontinuing our professional development courses in their present classroom style. We may continue to offer specialized training in these areas, but are still investigating the most cost […]

ALARA has discontinued occupational hygiene field surveys

ALARA has decided to stop offering fields surveys for assessment of occupational exposure to chemical and physical hazards. We are also rethinking our approach to our occupational hygiene teaching activities. We are presently not offering any of our intensive courses as we have been involved in other endeavours. We may continue to offer some of […]

14th Report on Carcinogens released

On November 6th, 2016, the National Toxicology Program of NIH released its 14th Report on Carcinogens.

The Report on Carcinogens (RoC) is a US science-based, public health report that identifies agents in the environment that pose a carcinogenic risk.

Substances are listed in the RoC following a multi-step process with several opportunities for scientific […]

New NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (5th Ed)

NIOSH has just released an updated version of the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods. NMAM is a collection of methods for sampling and analysis of contaminants in workplace air, surfaces, and in the blood and urine of workers who are occupationally exposed. These methods have been developed or adapted by NIOSH or its partners and […]

Potential problem for users of datalogging equipment

Today I read a TechRepublic article that reveals a potential problem for occupational hygienists using older direct reading instruments that connect with their computers using the RS-232 (serial) interface. This interface was used on older occupational hygiene equipment and used a cable to connect to a 9-pin or 25-pin serial port on the computer. It […]

Cancellation of IEQ Course – Nov 5-6, 2015

The ALARA course Evaluating Indoor Environmental Quality, scheduled for November 5 – 6, 2015 has been canceled due to insufficient enrollment. Because of the need to cancel room bookings, we normally cancel a course if we do not have sufficient enrollment 4 weeks before the course is scheduled. We apologize to those individuals who wanted […]