Occupational Safety and Health (OSHMS): Making Safety a Top Priority

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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Guide to Understanding Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

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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California SB14 Hazardous Waste Reporting Requirements for 2015 – Chemical Safety

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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EH&S Compliance Regulations vs NFL Rules: Which one is more complicated?

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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Cloud Computing for EH&S Software is the Most Cost-effective Solution

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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Chemical Management: Are Your Chemicals Stored Safely?

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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Best Practices For Chemical Management

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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Chemical Safety Recognized by the SF Business Times

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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GHS Compliance

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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