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Environmental, Health & Safety Blog

OSHA Respiratory Protection: What Employees Need to Do BEFORE Using a Respirator

Posted by Pete Schooling on Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Several OSHA regulations require the use of respirators, including OSHA's Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.134. Respirators are used to protect employees from harmful dusts, smokes, mists, and other materials or hazardous atmospheres. While these protective devices are necessary in certain circumstances, OSHA prohibits their use until certain requirements have been met to prove that employees know how to use them properly. Continue reading to learn some of OSHA's requirements for using respirators.

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Tags: higher education, OSHA, respiratory protection plan, respirators, respiratory protection, healthcare, industrial, life sciences

EH&S Compliance: Is Your Back to School Checklist Complete?

Posted by Corinne MacDonnell on Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Is your university ready in terms of safety and compliance for students to come back from summer break? Your EH&S program should be ready to help you minimize liability, keep people safe, reduce your cost of managing waste, stay compliant, and protect your school's reputation and brand. That's a lot to think about with school right around the corner.

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Tags: higher education, eh&s, EHS training programs, university, lab safety, EHS compliance, college, lab, Education, ehs outsourcing

Emergency Responders? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Responders!

Posted by Doug Graham on Mon, Jul 31, 2017

OK, here's the scenario: Our hypothetical employer (factory, institution, research facility, hospital, take your pick) makes an executive decision to "out-source" all hazardous chemical emergency response actions to an outside contractor. All employees are instructed that in the case of a chemical spill, they are not to respond, but to call the internal emergency contact person, who will then call the outside spill response service provider. Hands off, nice and neat, no internal hazmat response team, no need for emergency spill response (HAZWOPER) training of employees, it's all good, right?

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Tags: Emergency Preparedness, emergency response, OSHA HAZWOPER training, EHS training programs, training programs, HAZWOPER emergency response team

Shipping Hazardous Materials by Air: Simply Trained vs. Trained, Qualified, and Competent

Posted by Doug Graham on Mon, Jul 17, 2017

In the EH&S world, there are many disciplines that require training, such as the shipping of hazardous materials and the management of hazardous waste. The training is required so that employees tasked with those functions are presented with, and be provided an explanation of, specific regulatory requirements which they must meet.

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Tags: Doug the Trainer, training, trained employees, shipping hazardous materials, trainings, DOT Hazardous Materials Shipping Regulations, hazmat training, train your employees

Partner Spotlight: MilliporeSigma and Biopharma Recycling

Posted by Mike Farrell on Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Here at Triumvirate Environmental, we work with our partners in environmental, health, and safety to promote environmental protection and sustainable development. Today, we would like to focus on one of our life sciences partners who has gone above and beyond to put a focus on corporate responsibility and recycling, MilliporeSigma. Read below to learn all about MilliporeSigma, single-use technologies, and their role in biopharma recycling.

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Tags: sustainability, environmental sustainability, biopharma industry, higher education, recycling, healthcare, life sciences, biopharma

5 Steps to Properly Managing Your Industrial Wastewater System

Posted by Craig Sasse on Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Wastewater system operation and maintenance (O&M) is a complex process; one that is pivotal to facility compliance and the successful treatment of wastewater before it is discharged into the environment. Industrial wastewater is a product or byproduct of industrial and commercial processes, and is separate from domestic sources of wastewater.

This type of wastewater includes runoff and leachate from areas that receive pollutants associated with industrial or commercial storage, handling, or processing facilities. If your company discharges industrial wastewater, you must ensure that you treat it as needed before it enters the sewer system or otherwise leaves the facility.

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Tags: wastewater compliance, wastewater O&M, wastewater, industrial

5 Consequences of Mismanaging Hazardous Waste

Posted by Schuyler Stuart on Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Managing a waste program is complicated. With so many moving parts, keeping every project up to standard can seem impossible. If your organization is managing waste internally, make sure your team is following state and federal regulations to ensure compliance and avoid the five consequences of mismanaging hazardous waste listed below. 

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Tags: hazardous waste, higher education, hazmat, higher-ed, hazardous waste management, Haz-Waste management, hazmat management, hazmat handling, healthcare, healthcare industry, life sciences, life science company

5 Steps to Take Before Relocating Your Lab

Posted by Ian Lanza on Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Rapidly evolving biotech, pharmaceutical, and research companies and departments require constant organizational changes and facility resizing. This is often achieved through entering into strategic leases and moving into different spaces that are appropriately sized.

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Tags: lab cleaning, higher education, higher-ed, healthcare, lab relocation, life sciences, life science company, lab decontamination, lab decommissioning, laboratory relocation

Lab Decontamination: Common Scenarios and Challenges for Facilities

Posted by Nikki Young on Mon, Jun 05, 2017

Managing and maintaining the integrity of laboratories is challenging, and nothing can be more daunting to an organization than environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) compliance liabilities that can exist when cleaning and decontaminating a facility. Due to the complicated and costly nature of laboratory cleanouts, it is critical for your organization to be able to identify risk and find solutions to complete the project efficiently and cost effectively.

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Tags: higher education, higher-ed, healthcare, lab relocation, life sciences, lab decontamination, lab decommissioning

OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard: Is Your Facility Affected?

Posted by Rick Foote on Tue, May 23, 2017

It's no secret that OSHA has been busy when it comes to monitoring facilities with highly hazardous chemicals (HHCs). Since 2010, OSHA has issued more than 69 enforcement cases regarding Process Safety Management (PSM), and a recent safety and health fine was just issued for $264,000. The problem is, many organizations don't understand OSHA's PSM standard or realize if it even applies to them. Read below to learn all about the Process Safety Management standard and find out whether or not the rule is applicable to your facility.

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Tags: Industrial Consulting Services, manufacturing, OSHA, chemical manufacturers, hazardous chemical, hazardous chemicals, chemical safety, industrial, industrial companies