Environmental, Health & Safety Blog

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

Laboratory Safety: Creating a Policy for University Visitors

Posted by Corinne Johnson on Wed, May 17, 2017

For the purpose of this post, please be aware that a "potentially hazardous work area" is defined as "any area where hazardous substances (e.g. hazardous chemicals, biohazardous agents, compressed gases) or physical hazards (e.g. moving machine parts, extreme temperatures, electrical apparatus) are present." 

During school breaks, it's not uncommon for universities to allow visitors to use their laboratory facilities. This could range from passive tours to active research projects, and even include high schools that have classes held in university labs. In the event that there are visitors using your university's labs, there are important guidelines to establish and recommended best practices to follow to ensure visitors' safety while in potentially hazardous areas on campus.

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Tags: higher education, higher-ed, lab safety, lab safety. laboratory safety, laboratories, lab safety EH&S

4 Ways You Could Be Mismanaging Your Peroxide Formers

Posted by Ted Dubiel on Mon, May 15, 2017

Peroxide forming compounds are volatile materials that, if handled improperly, can result in explosion, injury, and added expenses to your facility. Unfortunately, many organizations dealing with these compounds are handling them incorrectly. Watch the video below to take a look at four ways you could be mismanaging peroxide formers...

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Tags: chemical, peroxide former, life sciences, technical services, peroxide formers

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