Posts by Cristina Kazazaki

Customizable off the Shelf Software (COTS): What is it and what is the benefit for organizations?

EH&S software is not a new concept, in fact, it’s being around for almost 30 years. There are numerous software applications for SDS record keeping and management, chemical inventory tracking, container transactions, waste management, workplace safety, OSHA reporting, audits, and inspections.   Most of these applications contain features that software vendors have designed to automate…

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EPA Adopts Changes To The Waste Biennial Reporting

The EPA Waste Biennial Report (BR) must be submitted to the authorized state agency or EPA regional office by March 1, 2018, and must include hazardous waste generation activities from the calendar year 2017.   It is important to take the time to carefully review your facility to determine the quantity of waste generated during…

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Environmental Management Systems (EMS) 6.3 New Features

Chemical Safety Software just released version 6.3 of its Environmental Management Systems (EMS). The new version offers significant enhancements to the software following requests and recommendations from our customers, as well as keeping abreast with the changes and requirements imposed by numerous federal agencies. EMS 6.3 also includes many new features and tools, including an…

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2018 CERS Reporting Update

Significant Changes to 2018 CERS Reporting for California: Are You Ready?   Effective December 28, 2017, CalEPA will replace the existing five (5) federal hazard categories available in CERS used for the completion of chemical inventories as part of the annual hazardous materials business plan submittal with twenty-four (24) new federal hazard categories adopted by…

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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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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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THE EPA SAFER CHOICE LABEL – CHOOSING SAFER PRODUCTS

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…

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EHS Management Apps – Technology Breakthroughs in Managing Safety

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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GHS Labels… In your pocket.

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…

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