OSHA’s Hazard Communications-GHS (2012) Regulation is slated for its five-year review and several changes are proposed. If you have suggestions on how to better synchronize or clarify the OSHA HazCom and/or DOT Regulations with the Global Harmonized System (GHS) Standard, OSHA and PHMSA is requesting your input. OSHA is scheduled to lead a public meeting
We are pleased to share this article with you which was published in the Industrial Safety and Hygiene News July 24, 2017: The spring regulatory agenda released last week by the Trump administration showed the president making further inroads into dismantling a regulatory environment that he described during his campaign as “burdensome” to business. The agenda,
How does your Waste Management Plan measure up? Use our checklist below to score your plan and find gaps that may be discovered by an EPA audit. Please note: This checklist assumes that you are a Large Quantity Generator and generate more than 2200 pounds of hazardous waste in any month during the year. If
The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the comment periods for two proposed rules on the toxic chemical trichloroethylene. One proposed rule would ban use of TCE as an aerosol degreaser and for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities. The comment period for the rule has been pushed back to March 16 from Feb. 14, according to a notice published
In the Fall CTI Newsletter, I had developed and shared a 2017 Health and Safety Compliance Calendar with our avid readers, recommending some advanced thinking and planning for the health and safety portion of a 2017 Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) compliance calendar. Many of you also wear the hat of “environmental compliance manager” or some similar
Did You Know – TSCA Is No Longer Only About New Chemicals? While the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act has been long overdue (bipartisan reform has been 40 years in the making) and contains many promising benefits related to chemical safety, there is always a “cost factor” to consider too.
As the last two months of 2016 are upon us, we wonder how we got here so quickly. Is there a way to avoid being so busy and enable us to make some of that time available for other things? One way is to take the anxiety out of missing deadlines by using a compliance
By June 1st, all employers were to update alternative workplace labeling to GHS compliant labels on all chemicals in storage, update their Hazardous Communication (HazCom) programs and re-train employees to understand GHS pictograms and hazard warnings. However, if your program is not 100% compliant yet, you are not alone. According to a recent study conducted by
Emergency lighting, including exit signage, is subject to a 30-second test every month and an annual 90-minute test to ensure that the system will function correctly in the event of an emergency.
IF IT IS SO SIMPLE, WHY ARE THE STATISTICS SO SCARY? This post is based on an article written by David Kennedy which originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Occupational Health & Safety. Based on OSHA statistics, almost two workers are killed each week in confined space-related accidents. That’s 92 deaths and nearly