Articles & Publications

Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing 2012

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Second Edition, July 2012. Atrium completed and delivered the Second Edition of the HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing. This work included technical editing, compiling tables, illustrations and exhibits, layout and formatting for the final document of over 900 pages.


Guide for Team Leaders to Help Disaster Victims Get Back to a Healthy Home

This guide is intended for volunteer team leaders, project managers and supervisors who assist in recovery and rebuilding after various types of natural disasters. This guide will help you understand the key principles that make up a healthy home, and how to apply them following a natural disaster.


Important Information for Volunteers in Helping Disaster Victims Get Back to a Healthy Home

This guide is intended for volunteers and professionals who assist in recovery and rebuilding after natural disasters. This guide will help you stay safe and make sure the work you are doing is effective.


Two Views on the New Manganese TLV

“Two Views on the New Manganese TLV” is an article by Dan Chute in the November 2013 issue of The Synergist.


Industry-Wide Survey for Hexavalent Chromium (CrVI) Exposures in Shipyard Operations

In February 2006, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated an expanded health standard for workplace exposures to hexavalent chromium (CrVI). This new standard became effective November 27, 2006 for large employers. This new standard has significant impact on the shipbuilding industry. In order to promote a practical and well-directed compliance effort, the shipbuilding industry determined the need to collect and review existing historical objective CrVI exposure monitoring data. This survey was designed to be a resource that characterizes exposures by activity; and, if necessary, identifies those activities where additional monitoring may better characterize exposures.

Noise from Track Angle Grinder

Noise Control Methods for Shipbuilding

Noise control has always been a big issue in shipyards. OSHA regulations for Occupational Exposure to Noise in 29CFR 1910.95 define specific requirements for shipyard employment, including surveillance, audiometric testing, training and use of approved PPE for exposures exceeding 85 dBA over a full shift. Experience has demonstrated that uncontrolled exposure represents a major loss-control issue by contributing to Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), citations, lower productivity and costly compensation claims.

HUD Rebuild Healthy Homes

Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home

When disaster strikes, you’re eager to restore your home and life quickly. So many things depend on being able to resume living in your home. Unfortunately, that eagerness often ends up putting property before people in the haste to get the work done as soon as possible.

This guide was developed to help homeowners, volunteers and other workers to restore damaged homes in a way that puts people first. It includes how-to methods, tips and improvement ideas for safe restoration that result in not just a livable dwelling, but a healthy home that offers even more than before.

Sound Measurement at Exhaust Discharge

Noise Control for Portable Ventilation Blowers

Portable Ventilation Blowers (PVB) used in shipboard construction and repair present many noise control challenges. In addition to the noise generated by motors, fans and air movement, noise control in this work environment is complicated by noise and vibration-conductive mounting surfaces on metal hulls and deck plates, equipment that is mobile with possible relocation on a daily or weekly basis, rugged handling and maintenance.


Ventilation for Painting in Enclosed Spaces

The purpose of this research has been to collect new data that is representative of current industry conditions in order to develop a predictive tool to better estimate and establish some ventilation performance metrics for effective control of potential airborne hazards to health during shipyard painting processes. Many physical challenges influence the performance of such ventilation solutions including irregular size and configuration of work areas, distance and obstacles between staging areas for air movers and the painting work and variable composition and application of coating methods, coupled with the technical challenges encountered in the use of effective air sampling and test methods for reactant materials with very low short-term exposure limits.

Personal Air Sampling for Total, Inhalable and Respirable Manganese

Reduction of Weld Fume Risk in Naval and Commercial Shipyards

The goal of this project was to perform side-by-side testing of Total, Respirable and Inhalable Mn exposure in operator breathing zones and general areas of shipyard welding operations to determine if air monitoring of representative tasks could be used to establish estimated or predictable ranges of exposure. This data would be beneficial to the industry to reduce both the labor and expense burden on individual shipyards and to provide a more timely impact analysis of these proposed changes.