Environmental, Health & Safety Blog

12 Common Missteps Resulting from Decentralized Hazmat Programs

Posted by Doug Graham on Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Compliance issues with hazardous materials transportation can cast a wide net across an organization and impact many people and departments. It's not unusual for compliance in this area to be decentralized and not fall completely under an EH&S department's or manager's responsibility.

Here are 12 associated problems that often pop up when EH&S doesn't own the hazmat program.

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Tags: DOT, IATA, DOT Training, hazmat, EHS training programs, DOT hazardous materials regulations, DOT hazardous materials, hazmat employees, DOT hazardous material, hazmat management

Earth Day 2017: Sharing Triumvirate's Dedication to Sustainability

Posted by Steve Todisco on Mon, Apr 17, 2017

In celebration of Earth Day this Saturday, April 22nd, the Triumvirate team wanted to take a moment to share the story of one of our biggest sustainability initiatives, our Red2Green solution for regulated medical waste disposal!

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Tags: sustainability, environmental sustainability, RMW disposal, healthcare, healthcare industry, life sciences, life science company

Pregnancy in Research Laboratories: Keeping Your Facility Safe and Aware of Exposure Risks

Posted by Melanie Magnan on Mon, Apr 03, 2017

Pregnant and nursing laboratory workers are at increased risk for development of infectious diseases, pregnancy complications, and fetal birth defects. This includes personnel who do not directly work with potential pathogens or chemicals, but may have exposure because they share the same laboratory space where the infectious agents or chemicals are studied. To minimize the possibility of an injury or harmful situation, the right steps need to be taken to ensure safety for all in the lab.

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Tags: higher education, lab safety, laboratory personnel, laboratories, lab safety EH&S, life sciences

Planning Your Industrial Hygiene Program

Posted by Mark Liffers on Tue, Mar 28, 2017

"Industrial hygiene is a science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and wellbeing, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community." - American Industrial Hygiene Association

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Tags: industrial hygiene, chemical materials, industrial

External EH&S Partnerships: 5 Common Concerns Addressed

Posted by Jim Holland on Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Despite well-defined requirements, procedures, and targets, many organizations still struggle with delivering exceptional EH&S compliance programs. Regardless of best intentions and expectations, the dragging factors of increasing regulatory complexity, hard to maintain skill sets, and operational misalignment continue to plague organizations, resulting in poor EH&S outcomes.

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Tags: partnerships, environmental consulting, EHS compliance, industrial, ehs outsourcing, life sciences

Challenges with Pharmaceutical Waste Management in the Healthcare Industry

Posted by Steve Todisco on Mon, Mar 13, 2017

For more than a decade, the healthcare industry has grappled with confusing regulations around pharmaceutical waste management. These regulations can vary widely from state to state and have a big impact on organizational compliance. As regulations are constantly changing and nursing staff and other similar departments have other focuses, keeping everyone in-the-know is challenging.

This educational gap is rooted in one of the country’s largest areas of workplace turnover, where key players are tasked with keeping our fellow citizens healthy, strong, and in some cases, alive.

By improving our understanding of these departments – how they learn, why they fail, and ultimately what makes them excited to be a part of a solutions driven team, EH&S professionals can close the pharmaceutical compliance gap.

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Tags: hazardous waste management, pharmaceutical waste, healthcare, pharmaceutical waste management, healthcare pharmaceuticals, healthcare pharmaceutical waste collection, hazardous pharmaceutical waste

7 Things You Need to Know Before Moving Your Lab

Posted by Ian Lanza on Fri, Mar 03, 2017

There are a lot moving parts when it comes to completing a lab relocation. You have to pack and label chemicals, decontaminate your lab thoroughly, and transport everything to the new lab, all while remembering every regulation associated with the move and making sure you’re in compliance with all of them. 

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Tags: Field Services, lab pack, lab safety, lab move, lab relocation, Education, life sciences, lab decontamination, technical services

[VIDEO] 10 Most Common Clean Air Act Violations

Posted by Rick Foote on Mon, Feb 27, 2017

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Tags: Clean Air Act, industrial, technical services, CAA

4 Best Practices for Maintaining Your Eyewash and Safety Showers

Posted by Jonathan Park on Tue, Feb 21, 2017

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.

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5 Ways to Get Your EH&S Employees Safety Compliant

Posted by Rick Foote on Mon, Feb 13, 2017

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.

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Tags: safety program, safety in the workplace, safety compliance, OSHA, safety, safety culture