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Environmental, Health & Safety Blog

Here’s What to Do When Your Chemical Inventory Log Doesn’t Match What’s In the Flammables Cabinet

Posted by Pat Doyle on Thu, May 26, 2016

In a perfect world, chemical inventory management is as simple as scanning a bottle at the loading dock, scanning it once or twice while it’s being stored onsite, and scanning it once it’s all been used up and is headed for the recycling bin. Any EH&S manager or lab supervisor will quickly realize that this is almost never the case. Discrepancies arise in even the most stringent chemical inventory management programs, and dealing with these discrepancies can lead to a lot of unneeded stress if you’re unsure of how to deal with them quickly and efficiently. Here are some tips for making sure your business and employees stay out of hot water when it comes to dealing with discrepancies between your chemical inventory log and your physical stock of chemicals.

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3 Steps to EH&S Sustainability with Backend Tactics

Posted by Brian Boissonneault on Tue, May 17, 2016

It is estimated that “avoidable waste” costs businesses up to 4.5% of their annual revenue. Your triple bottom line combats this by creating favorable connections between the economic, social and sustainable aspects of your business. When executed properly, it can positively impact your customers, brand, employees, and budget.

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Tags: sustainability, waste minimization

4 Questions That Stand Between You and a Best-In-Class Environmental Preventative Maintenance Program

Posted by James Ciccone on Wed, May 11, 2016

emergency_responsePreventative maintenance is a crucial, yet underemphasized facet of Environmental, Health & Safety operations. A regular PM program allows you to create, streamline and optimize a preventative maintenance calendar in order to maximize compliance and minimize downtime. Here are four questions you need answered to optimize your PM program to do just that.

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Tags: Field Services, emergency response, facilitycare

4 OSHA Updates You Need to Know About

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Tue, May 10, 2016

Keep reading for more information on the latest updates to OSHA regulations.

Program Management Guidelines

OSHA is seeking to ensure better communication and coordination on multi-employer worksites. To do this, OSHA has added a section to their regulations that emphasizes this. OSHA recommends that host and contractor employers coordinate on work planning and scheduling to ide

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Tags: OSHA, compliance

3 Important Lab Move Questions Answered By Industry Expert, Ian Lanza

Posted by Ian Lanza on Tue, May 03, 2016

Planning and executing a lab move is a daunting and complicated process. Our in-house expert, Ian Lanza will be presenting a webinar on strategies for managing a lab move with a focus on time and cost-effectiveness. Here are his answers to your top three burning questions. 

How long should a lab move take?

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Tags: lab move

5 things to Consider When Setting up Your Hazardous Waste Room

Posted by Schuyler Stuart on Mon, Apr 25, 2016

In the world of environmental health and safety, we are accustomed to constant change and fluctuation. Most of us at one point or another have been part of a company who has either expanded or moved spaces to accommodate changes in need for functional workspace. The expectation from leadership is to make these moves as economically and compliantly as possible.

This can make things very hectic as managing these transitions are often piled onto an already “at capacity” workload. One thing that typically falls to the bottom of the priority list during these changes is the Hazardous Waste program. Particularly the details around setting up an adequate Hazardous Waste room that will maintain program efficiency well beyond the initial installation. It’s often difficult to think “down the road” when so much emphasis on project based costs and timelines are driven by leadership. Taking the time to assess these 5 items will create long term program success and maximize efficiency. The pain/gain curve is well worth the initial effort and will keep from costly retroactive program adjustments and chronic inefficiencies.

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Tags: hazardous waste

Are You Prepared for the GHS Labeling Deadline? 4 Resources to Keep Your Organization Compliant

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Mon, Apr 18, 2016

One of the integral pieces of OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard refers to a standardization of chemical labeling that aims to create global consistency, and promote safety in laboratories, facilities, and process areas. The new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals has sparked an immense amount ofconversation; and many Laboratory, EH&S, and Facility professionals have questions about the impact this revision will have on their processes and systems.

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Tags: GHS

New Video! Industrial Waste Transportation and Disposal

Posted by Derek Cuneo on Tue, Apr 12, 2016

 

 

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At the same time, your ongoing operations  are a top priority. We make sure to provide minimal disruption to any and all of your day to day operations. Our operational services teams are thoroughly trained to understand the intersection between waste services and EH&S compliance.

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Tags: waste management

The Winner of EH&S March Madness Is...

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Tue, Apr 05, 2016

Three weeks and 32 terms later, the winner of the EH&S March Madnes championship has been decided. In a tight race with over 100 voters,  compliance took the championship title over training by just 1 vote!

Keep reading to learn more about these terms, how to maximize them at your organization and what Triumvirate can do to help. 

Training

Many campus EH&S Departments struggle to find a way to address EH&S regulatory training requirements and administer the training program to a very broad, diverse and transient audience. In many cases, an EPA or OSHA program gets developed and one of the components of the program is a training course or materials. After about a dozen of these programs are developed most campus EH&S offices realize the daunting task of providing a dozen training programs to university personnel - many of whom need to attend one or more of these sessions (not to mention annual refresher versions of these trainings or the time requirements imposed by many OSHA regulations).

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Tags: training, compliance

High-Hazard Chemical Safety: Tips for Preventing an Accident

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Mon, Mar 28, 2016

The laboratory is an environment of innovation and discovery, but if risk isn’t managed properly, it can also be a dangerous place where employees are incessantly exposed to possible injury. To maintain health and safety in your labs, energetic materials such as dinitro, trintro compounds, peroxide formers, flammables, organic peroxides, oxidizers, pyrophorics, unstable reactives, and water-reactive solids and liquids must all be managed carefully and ultimately disposed of by high-hazard experts. The improper storage and handling of high-hazard chemicals in laboratories causes accidents to occur – a crystal forms in direct sunlight, or an uncapped bottle is exposed to air, and an explosion happens. An incident like this threatens the lives of your employees, the integrity of your equipment and research, and the liability of your organization.

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Tags: lab chemicals