Do you have Chemical Inventory Drift at your Facility?

Chemical inventory drift happens when facilities lack a chemical inventory management system and chemicals used in the workplace are set aside, begin to age, and ultimately become outdated and forgotten. Without a chemical management system these stockpiles of old chemicals become a disturbing problem. How does this happen? Universities, military bases, and manufacturing facilities are…

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Assessing EH&S Performance with Audits

Assessing ehs performance with audits

The words “audit” or “inspection” can strike fear in the heart of many Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) professionals. But it shouldn’t if policies and practices include internal, periodic program assessments. That’s all an audit really is, just a feedback tool that shows how well your programs are operating. Audits of any kind must be…

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Is the Tier II Report Giving You Headaches?

Reports sheet

Tier II reports for 2022 is approaching and this year was no different from past years- the volume of support requests spiked in the weeks leading up to the March 1st filing deadline. Why the increase in support requests? We tend to see the same set of issues from multiple customers that are scrambling to…

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Mission Possible! Managing Hazardous Materials in Government Organizations

Hazardous Materials management

Hazardous Materials management in government facilities is so challenging that U.S. government dollars have been allocated to the creation of a fictional character named Hazardous Matt to help industry recognize when the shipment of materials is hazardous. Despite the many clever ways to identify hazmat, (see Do you know the L-TRIC) hazardous material management is…

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Should Universities Look to Policy and Procedure or a Unified Database for Hazardous Materials Management?

Should Universities Look to Policy and Procedure or a Unified Database for Hazardous Materials Management?

When asked to elaborate on their chemical management programs, colleges and universities refer to policies and procedures. The policies promote safety and prevent adverse employee health problems associated with exposure to and use1 of hazardous materials. Hazardous materials in a university setting includes not only chemicals, but also radioactive material and biological agents in the workplace.…

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How To Determine If Waste Is Hazardous

Hazardous apple

Know the L-TRIC How is it determined if the waste from a facility process is a hazardous waste? Hazardous waste is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Companies must determine if they have hazardous wastes at their facility. Hazardous waste regulations can be difficult to navigate, as the regulations establish a complex…

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What is the Definition of a Hazardous Material?

Scientists in lab

Hazardous chemical, hazardous materials, hazardous substance, hazardous waste…oh my! They are all potentially dangerous, but according to their regulatory definitions, they are not all the same things. Q: What is the regulatory definition of hazardous? A: It depends Substances, whether chemicals or mixtures are regulated by different bodies of government and their regulatory agency. There…

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Six steps to a Successful Written HazCom Program

Chemical Barrel

According to OSHA’s 2020 report, for the third year in a row, Hazard Communication is the most cited violation in general industry. This may be surprising to hazardous materials professionals because managing the lifecycle of chemicals onsite can be easily managed with the appropriate steps. In fact, the six steps to a successful HazCom program…

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Bypassing Environmental Regulations due to COVID- 19

Coronavirus Vaccine

Thousands of government facilities, gas operations, and other sites in the U.S. have been permitted to bypass environmental rules and have stopped monitoring hazardous emissions. The US government paved the way for the reduced monitoring on March 26 after being pressured by the oil and gas industry, which said lockdowns and social distancing during the…

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SAFETY FIRST, SAFETY FIRST, CHEMICAL SAFETY FIRST!

Safety Kits

Years ago, in one of the Bay Area’s biggest technology conferences, two industry pioneers that I conveniently can’t remember by name wore a T-shirt similar to the one below: This was good for giggles and laughs back then, and it underlined our collective desire, as technology innovators, to create breakthroughs at all costs. Technology has,…

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Combat the Coronavirus with EPA Recommended Disinfectants

Coronavirus on Keyboard

On March 3rd, 2020 the EPA released a list of SARS-CoV-2 disinfectant products for use against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. According to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, “Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of…

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Best Practices for Chemical Management – Vision 2020

Puzzle Pieces with arrows

Every couple of years I am asked to renew this blog which first appeared many years ago. What have we learned since the last time? How have labs, research and educational institutions, industry and government fared now as compared to the past? As the roaring twenties descend upon us, one key thing that is different…

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Color Coded Labels for Chemical Storage and Segregation

color coded labels for chemical storage and segregation

When storing hazardous chemicals, it’s important to know if the chemicals are compatible with each other. For instance, will they react with each other and cause problems? Segregating hazardous chemicals into storage groups that won’t react violently will improve lab safety and color-coded labels can help. Chemical Safety’s Environmental Management Systems (EMS) supports functionality for printing storage colored code labels for locations and containers

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What are the Benefits of a Chemical Management System for Labs?

chemical management system

What is a Chemical Management System? It is a set of rules and processes, aided by technology tools that support lab safety, environmental compliance and policies. A Chemical Management System for Labs, Research and Educational institutions can help enhance productivity, save time, reduce costs while dramatically improving safety and reducing incidents. Chemical Management Systems include…

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What Does HAZWOPER Mean?

hazwoper

What Does HAZWOPER mean? HAZWOPER is an acronym that stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, and training for it is covered under the OSHA standard of the same name. What Is HAZWOPER? The HAZWOPER standard mandates specific work policies, practices, and procedures that employers must follow to protect workers from exposure to hazardous…

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BREXIT And Chemical Regulations. What’s New?

After the Environmental Audit Committees report, reported last year. The chemical industry in the United Kingdom (UK) remains deeply concerned about, the government’s decision to leave the European single market and customs union. Affecting the chemical industry and businesses associated. The UK chemical industry is the foundation of manufacturing; how the chemical regulation REACH—the registration,…

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Put A Million SDS’s In Your Pocket

Chemical Safety’s free iOS, Android and Windows 10 mobile apps give you access to Safety Data Sheets (SDS) wherever you are.  These tools help maximize workplace safety and allow those who work with and around chemicals know the hazards, handling procedures, protective equipment, and storage requirements. With Chemical Safety’s EMS.GHS, you can also download ALL…

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