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COST-EFFECTIVE TOOLS FOR STAFF AND FREE TOOLS FOR STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS By Tony Diamantidis, Sr. Director Chemical Safety Software Managing chemicals in colleges and universities poses some unique challenges.  Rapidly changing lab projects and a never-ending pass-through of students and visiting educators complicates lab safety and chemical safety training.  This, coupled with budget pressures and

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By Tony Diamantidis, Sr. Director, Chemical Safety Software, www.chemicalsafety.com WHAT IS AN SDS, WHAT IS A GHS LABEL AND HOW TO READ AND UNDERSTAND H-CODES, P-CODES, HAZARD AND PICTOGRAMS A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a document created by the manufacturer or supplier of a chemical or chemical product that primarily describes the hazards, handling,

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Environmental Health and Safety – EHS – technologies for Lab and Production                                                    Safety, Efficiency and Compliance By Tony Diamantidis, Senior Director, Chemical Safety Software Safety first, safety first, safety first. 

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By Mary Diamantidis Finding a cost-effective Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) management systems software to fit your company’s needs is not the easiest thing in the world to do. Every organization is different in some way, and invariably needs at least some customization to properly use the right EHS software. Customizing such software to fit

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Safer Choice helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment. What do you know about the Safer Choice Label? Finding cleaning and other products that are safer for you and your organization is what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed and it’s called the

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SIMPLIFYING YOUR EHS MANAGEMENT PRACTICES By Tony Diamantidis, Sr. Director, Chemical Safety Software   What chemical safety means and how it has been interpreted by different organizations at different times has been the subject of much debate since OSHA and EPA in the US, and similar agencies worldwide came to be.  Every entity that is

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By Tony Diamantidis, Sr. Director, Chemical Safety Software Chemical Safety Software works around the clock to make our EMS chemical management software as user-friendly as possible-often resulting in great improvements in how hazardous data is managed and maintained.  But how do you get started? I have worked with many companies in virtually every industry sector

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Workplace Safety and Chemical Management using tablets and smartphones By Tony Diamantidis   Working with chemicals in the workplace often happens in places where computers are not within reach and where immediate access to information is essential.  Web-based applications are already offering easy access. iPhones, Android phones and smart tablets are readily available and can

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How to Improve Workplace Safety, Regulatory Compliance and Efficiency By Tony Diamantidis The earlier version of this article, which I wrote a couple of years ago, has been read and commented on by many people involved in EHS at all levels.  This is not surprising to me: we’re all looking for the best possible way

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Online and Mobile Solutions for GHS Labeling and SDS Compliance The upcoming OSHA and global deadline for GHS labeling compliance has created unprecedented demand for solutions that can help employers comply with the new storage location and chemical container labeling requirements. According to the OSHA compliance calendar, June 1, 2006 is the deadline for employers

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By Tony Diamantidis, Senior Director, Chemical Safety Software The world’s most innovative automotive, aviation, research, pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies, as well as many of the world’s top universities, are moving to software-as-a-service (SaaS) for chemical and waste management, GHS compliance and lab safety. Enterprise Class Software at a Fraction of the Cost Two years after

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How Will Technology Impact Our Most Precious National Holiday In The Future? My friend and mentor, Peter Diamandis, just sent me this blog and, as always, asked that I share it with all of you. Please read it and send me your comments at tonyd@chemicalsafety.com. “This might be a controversial blog”. My Thanksgiving was one

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December 1, 2015 Deadline Affects Chemical Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors, and Employers The new global GHS hazard communication standard requires chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors to provide hazard information to employers and workers by putting a standardized set of labels on containers and preparing universally uniform safety data sheets. The GHS requirement provides a single set

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A primer for the industry’s most complete and cost-effective SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) tool . This is the next in a series of blogs focusing on EHS technological advances that are thought and action provoking. Technological progress is exponential in every facet of our lives, at work and at home and this applies to effective Waste Management

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Chemical Safety software is key to improving Lab Safety This is the next in a series of blogs focusing on EHS technological advances that are thought and action provoking. Technological progress is exponential in every facet of our lives, at work and at home. This applies to Environmental Compliance and Safety at the lab as

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Waste Minimization Reporting At-a-Glance Given this month is the reporting deadline for organizations subject to the SB14, I’d like to recap and update the blog I published early this year and highlight points of interest. Under California law, the primary goal of the SB14 and its amendment SB1018, is to encourage those entities that produce

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The recent hazardous materials explosion accident in Tianjin may have been unavoidable, but the emergency response and subsequent escalation of the catastrophe may have well been reduced or totally avoided if adequate information on materials stored at the vicinity, safety and firefighting procedures for the materials on site, and more comprehensive training of emergency personnel

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Tesla Motors selects SFS Chemical Safety’s EMS software for Waste Management at it’s Fremont, CA manufacturing plant. If you haven’t been paying attention, Tesla’s taken the world by storm as the first successful car company to launch in the US in more than 70 years.  And if you haven’t heard of Elon Musk and his

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The data is in and it’s Indisputable! This is the next in a series of blogs on focusing on EHS technological advances that are thought and action provoking. Technological progress is exponential in every facet of our lives, at work and at home and this applies to Environmental Compliance as much as any other industry.

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Tesla, the World’s Most Innovative Car Company, to Implement Chemical Safety’s SaaS Chemical Tracking Software. San Francisco, CA – Bay Area based SFS Chemical Safety, Inc. announced today that Tesla Motors has selected its flagship mobile and cloud-based EH&S software, Environmental Management Systems (EMS), to manage its chemical inventory tracking and waste disposal activities. “Tesla

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Fast Access To Accurate SDS’s at the Office and On the Go Can Make All the Difference More than 7 million facilities in the United States handle chemicals regularly and more than 100 million workers are exposed to hazardous chemicals in the workplace. In an effort to promote the safe handling of hazardous chemicals, OSHA

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This is the first in a series of SFS Chemical Safety articles focusing on EH&S technological advances. Rapidly evolving software, hardware, and mobile technologies have fundamentally changed the EH&S technology landscape in recent years. Despite this, the vast majority of corporations in the United States are only now starting to leverage the benefits of these

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What is GHS? GHS is an acronym for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, a framework that standardizes the classification and labeling of chemicals worldwide. Its goal is to establish criteria for the classification of health, physical and environmental hazards, and specify what information should be included on hazard labels as

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The State of California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, entered into an agreement this week with China to control carbon emissions and impact climate change. This type of agreement, usually entered into by two nations, marks a new way to make climate progress without involving Washington and its headaches. This relationship should be good news for both

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Given the dangers in the oil and gas industry, the need for implementation of an effective Occupational Safety and Health Management System is paramount for improving health and safety. A recent ExxonMobil refinery accident in Torrance, CA injured four workers, sent smoke and ash into the air, and forced OSHA to shut down plant operations.

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The International Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) mandates that chemical manufacturers must communicate a chemical’s hazard information to chemical handlers by providing a Safety Data Sheet (SDS). Safety data sheets were formerly referred to as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDS’s. The following is a short guide to understanding the new SDS standard. What is the

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Under California Law SB14 and its more recent amendment, California SB 1018, hazardous waste generators are required to seriously consider source reduction as the preferred method of managing hazardous waste. According to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), “source reduction is preferable over recycling and treatment options because source reduction avoids waste generation

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By Tony Diamantidis, Sr. Environmental Consultant Mike Pereira looks like a nice man. He dresses well, speaks with dignity and when called upon to explain a referee call on the football field, he does so methodically, sometimes mechanically and always without the emotion of a sportscaster or a sports fan. For those of you who

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Self-service IT Eliminates Risk and Reduces Cost as Well as Implementation Time By Tony Diamantidis, Principal, SFS Chemical Safety, Inc. Cloud computing (also known as “The Cloud”) for business applications has gained momentum over the past several years for organizations of all sizes. It has taken the world by storm…if you will. This is neither

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When certain hazardous chemicals are stored or mixed together, violent reactions may occur because the chemicals are unsuitable for mixing, or are incompatible. Classes of incompatible chemicals should be segregated from each other during storage, according to hazard class or other specifications. However, no single method of determining chemical compatibility is perfect. This helpful Chemical

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For cost savings, regulatory compliance and environmental responsibility By Tony Diamantidis If you ask industrial and laboratory operations managers about their biggest challenges, the answers you’ll hear most often relate to environmental regulations and the management of chemicals. And the concern permeates the whole organization as well — according to Accenture and the Conference Board,

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Accolades from the SF Business Times The San Francisco Business Times named SFS Chemical Safety, Inc to their annual list of Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies.  The Fast 100 is a publication about entrepreneurs — their ideas, grit, stumbles and triumphs — as much as it’s about their companies. The Fast 100 list is based

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OSHA Adopts New Chemical Labeling Standard On March 23, 2012, OSHA adopted a new Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard. This “new” standard is part of the 20-year-old world-wide effort to standardize the way chemical hazard information is communicated. It is known as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). You can view the Fact Sheet here and read all

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