Posts by Tony Diamantidis

Chemical Inventory Management -The Benefits of Rules-Based Tracking

Safe, efficient and cost-effective management of chemical inventories at the lab or other places where chemicals are stored and used is essential to every organization’s daily operation. I say daily, because chemicals are ordered, received, transferred, mixed, used, stored and disposed on a daily basis and limiting chemical inventory to static or periodic checks can…

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Is an Electronic SDS Database OSHA Compliant?

This is a question that is often posed by companies that want to move away from SDS binders with paper-based Safety Data Sheets (SDS) that are hard to find, store, manage and update. The short answer to the question is a resounding yes; however, there are conditions that must be met.   The first and…

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e-Manifest Special Promotion

EPA will strongly encourage the use of electronic manifests as these manifests will be the easiest and least expensive way to manage the disposal of waste. Once e-Manifest becomes effective, States will have access to the manifest data in the e-Manifest system.   Benefits of the e-Manifest Benefits of the e-Manifest system include: Cost savings…

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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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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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What does Chemical Safety mean to You?

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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How to Manage a Successful EHS Software Implementation

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 about implementation, and I have been relentless…

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Thanksgiving 1815-1915-2015-2025

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…

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GHS and Safety Data Sheet Compliance Update

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…

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