Eyewash and safety showers are essential safety features in any setting where dangerous chemicals are used. It is rare to walk through a laboratory without coming across at least one, and with good reason: Any time a person comes in direct contact with a dangerous chemical, the response in the first 15 seconds after exposure is critical to preventing serious injury. While proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and process engineering can mitigate the risk of exposure, you still need to make sure your eyewash and safety showers will work if they need to be activated. It is not enough to simply install them at your site and move on. Rather, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure they are ready for use if an emergency occurs.
Environmental, Health & Safety Blog
It’s uncomfortable. It’ll be quick. I forgot. Just a couple excuses employers hear every day when it comes to not complying with safety regulations.
While the ER coordinator serves as the point person during an emergency, it is important to prepare your entire facility for a possible emergency in order to streamline the response and control the situation. Practicing different spill scenarios and other emergencies is the best way to identify procedural flaws and potential issues that could exacerbate an already dangerous situation. I recently delivered a webinar on this topic and provided answers to some of the most common questions received.Read More
In August 2016, OSHA's fines increased for the first time since 1990, making violations even more costly than before. In an effort to avoid expensive penalties due to fall protection, hazard communication and other leading violations, companies are boosting compliance effectiveness by training all employees in hazard prevention and mitigation.Read More
RCRA civil penalties can be as high as $37,500 per violation, per day.While employee training is one of the most frequently cited RCRA violations, once you have a clear understanding of the requirements it’s also one of the easiest to avoid. Like many generators, you probably know you are responsible for training employees but may be confused as to who needs to be trained and how much training is necessary. Add another layer of state-specific programs and you have a recipe for compliance issues. This post provides clarification around: who needs RCRA training, Federal and State-Specific Training Requirements, and what steps to take next.Read More
Safety should be universal, but many organizations find themselves falling short. The key difference? A clear and consistent safety culture.Read More
Section 312 of the Emergency Planning Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 states that Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reports, also known as Tier II Reports, must be submitted annually by March 1st to your State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and local fire department(s). Failure to comply with Tier II reporting requirements can cost your organization. Each violation of EPCRA Section 312 may result in civil penalties of up to $25,000. Each day a violation continues constitutes a separate violation.
This past October, the EPA signed the final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule to provide greater flexibility to hazardous waste generators and clarification around certain components of the hazardous generator program in an effort to improve compliance and environmental protection. Some revisions appear to be more lenient than existing regulations, while others are more stringent. I recently delivered a webinar on this topic and provide answers to some of the most common questions received.
Winter officially begins this week and with sub-freezing temperatures settling in for much of the country, we'd like to share some safety tips for the upcoming season. Stay warm out there!Read More
It’s not uncommon to group molds into very broad categories like “common mold” or “black mold”. This fails to address the reality that molds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and pathogenic qualities. This failure to address the differences in molds or even recognize that you might have mold can result in failure to properly treat them. For this reason it’s important to have a working knowledge of the different types of molds, where they are found, and how benign or dangerous they are.Read More