Common Environmental Health and Safety Acronyms

EHS, ESH, HSE?  You say potayto… In our peculiar and sometimes perplexing world, coming to a consensus on as simple a task as unifying an acronym seems to be much harder than it should.   The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OHS) was America’s initial attempt to address workplace safety. An estimated 14,000 workers…

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Tier II Reports To Be Submitted in March 2018

Purpose of Tier II Reports Tier II reports must be submitted by March 1st to your State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and local fire department(s). Each violation of EPCRA Section 312 may result in civil penalties of up to $25,000. The purpose of this form is to provide State, local…

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OSHA To Adopt New GHS Labeling Rules

The United Nations GHS Purple Book is updated every two years. The 7th revised edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling (GHS Rev 7) was published in July 2017. This revision is of particular significance as OSHA already stated that it intends to update the HazCom 2012 standard to incorporate the changes…

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Free Safety Data Sheets and GHS Labels

Is a Free SDS and GHS Label database a useful tool for your organization? Chemical Safety has spent the better part of this year building, maintaining and updating a database of Safety Data Sheets by the largest manufacturers and suppliers of life science and specialty chemicals. From those SDSs, we have extracted GHS information that…

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Tools for Tracking, Managing and Corrective Actions

Effectively managing noncompliance and corrective/preventive actions (CAPA) related to chemicals spills and incidents in the lab or workplace is an integral part of an organization’s continual improvement plan. Non-compliance and corrective/preventive action management software for iOS and Android enables organizations to capture, track and maintain accurate information. Through the use of EH&S mobile applications (see…

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The History of the Hazardous Waste Manifest

The Regulation of Hazardous Waste In the United States: 1634 to the Present By: Victor Johnson, PE, Engineering Pathways   The sophistication today of computerized Hazardous Waste Management systems like Chemical Safety’s EMS software is amazing. These systems allow environmental professionals a wide range of tools to help assure environmental protection and personnel safety when…

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Checklist for Managing Chemical Storage and Disposal

Effectively managing chemical inventories can prevent many of the headaches that plague health, safety and environmental professionals who oversee HSE (EHS) management systems.   Examples include, but not limited to: • Non labeled containers on site • Inadequate storage and ventilation for hazardous chemicals • Storage of incompatible chemicals • Excessive hazardous chemical inventory  …

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Ways To Improve Safety, Efficiency And Reduce Costs

Effectively managing chemical safety is good not only for protecting workers from hazards, it is also responsible business. Womb to Tomb, an alternative industry term for cradle to grave. From creation or entry of chemicals into the workplace, to disposal this term is used to reference personal safety, health and environmental impact associated with all…

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ISO 45001 For Workplace Safety

According to the International Standards Organization (ISO), Over 6300 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases – that’s nearly 2.3 million every year. The related costs to employers and the economy are also significant, with work time losses, lawsuits and increased insurance premiums.   The ISO 45001 standard, currently in development by a…

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Chemical Approval in the Lab or Workplace

Today’s EHS technology provides efficient and effective methods to acquire (purchase) and access (transfer or share) chemicals for use in the workplace. EHS technology will also assist organizations to comply with occupational safety and environmental federal, local and state requirements for managing a chemical inventory list and to have most current safety data sheets (SDS)…

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EPA should prevent chemical disasters than threaten local economies

I found the article below interesting and worth sharing with the group. Chemical disasters can be devastating to local economies. Just ask West Virginia businesses whose economy lost $19 million per day after the Elk River spill in 2015. The US House of Representatives recently approved new chemical safety rules designed to overhaul federal regulation…

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How Technology Eliminates Risk and Creates Sustainability

One thing is certain in the environmental, safety and health management world: EHS software technology has made regulatory compliance more efficient. This is especially true for managing chemical inventories and safety data sheet (SDS) for workplace and lab safety. The need of mile high and mile long excel spreadsheets to manage your chemical inventory are…

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House Passes Sweeping Chemical Safety Bill

The US House of Representatives last Tuesday approved new chemical safety rules designed to overhaul federal regulation covering thousands of chemicals in daily use. The bipartisan bill (you read correctly…), a major rewrite to federal chemicals safety, passed by a vote of 403 to 12, and is expected be passed by the Senate and signed…

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Lab Management & Safety Software for Colleges and Universities

Cost-effective Chemical Inventory Tracking Software for Educators and Students 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 limitations,…

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TRAINING – FINDING AND UNDERSTANDING SDS AND GHS LABELS

WHAT IS AN SDS, WHAT IS A GHS LABEL AND HOW TO READ AND UNDERSTAND H-CODES, P-CODES, HAZARD AND PICTOGRAMS By Tony Diamantidis, Sr. Director, Chemical Safety Software, www.chemicalsafety.com   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,…

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Chemical Safety Software and the S.E.C initiative

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.  Chemical Safety’s SEC initiative begins with S for safety. In this busy world where most everything is measured by performance, sometimes safety takes the…

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How to choose the right EHS Software

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 specific requirements can…

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