Environmental, Health & Safety Blog

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

Q&A Series: 4 Important Emergency Response Questions and Answers

Posted by Kevin Coulon on Tue, Feb 07, 2017

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.

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Tags: ER, emergency response, safety, lab safety, spill, spill kits

11 Tips to Pass Your OSHA Inspection

Posted by Rick Foote on Mon, Jan 30, 2017

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.

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Tags: OSHA, compliance

RCRA Training Requirements: Know Them or Risk Fines

Posted by James Ciccone on Mon, Jan 23, 2017

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.

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Tags: RCRA, RCRA Training, compliance

Why Safety Culture Is More Important than You Think

Posted by Jim Holland on Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Safety should be universal, but many organizations find themselves falling short. The key difference? A clear and consistent safety culture.

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Tags: safety, safety culture