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Environmental, Health & Safety Blog

Pharmaceutical Controlled Substances: What You Need to Know About Disposal Options

Posted by Mike Albert on Tue, Aug 16, 2016

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on September 8, 2014, released their final rule on Pharmaceutical Controlled Substances and what options there are now for disposal. This final rule, took effect October 9, 2014, has expanded the program to make the disposal of pharmaceutical controlled substances simpler and safer. Here’s what you should know about the ruling.

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Tags: DEA, DEA drugs, pharmaceutical waste collection

5 Ways to Ensure Your Radiation Exposure PPE Is Up to Snuff

Posted by Pat Doyle on Tue, Aug 09, 2016

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3 Things to Know About Lithium Batteries in Hazmat Transportation

Posted by Doug Graham on Fri, Aug 05, 2016

Lithium batteries are the hottest topic in hazmat transportation today and the Federal Aviation Administration is aggressively enforcing penalties against employers who incorrectly offer them for transport (up to $77,114 per violation). To make matters worse, the shipping regulations are notoriously convoluted and confusing, and since their inception, have been continually changing. 

Keep reading to learn more about the regulations and how you can stay compliant.

Why Are Lithium Batteries Regulated?

Lithium metal batteries if damaged can cause spontaneous fires from lithium exposure to the moisture in the air.

Lithium metal batteries often contain chemical electrolyte that creates toxic and/or corrosive vapor when exposed to air- these can be released if the battery is damaged.

The temperature of a lithium metal fire exceeds the melting point of aluminium (the material of which most aircraft is composed).

For more on the potential harms of lithium batteries, register for our webinar here.

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Tags: lithium batteries

Is Compliance Worth It? New OSHA Fines Point Even More Urgently Towards “Yes”

Posted by Pat Doyle on Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Many businesses view the issue of compliance as merely a nuisance, and the fines that result simply as the cost of doing business. However, in a couple of weeks, this “cost of doing business” is going to nearly double, thanks to a new regulation put in place by President Obama last November. The new rule, technically referred to as the “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015” allows OSHA to increase fines in keeping up with the rate of inflation. Even though annual inflation may only be 2% or so, OSHA hasn’t been able to raise their fines since 1990, so the organization is now catching up to the current value of the dollar to the tune of a 78% penalty increase, effective August 1. That said, let’s look at the age-old question, “Is compliance worth it?” a little more closely.

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Waste Management Tactics 101: Guide to Compliance (

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Hazardous waste management is regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) under the EPA. Below the federal level, each state is authorized to adopt all the federal RCRA requirements or make their own state specific hazardous waste management regulations that are more stringent than the federal regulations. State regulations cannot be less stringent than the federal regulations. It is very important to understand the difference and follow your specific state regulations.

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Tags: waste management

Regulatory Penalties Increasing Soon! What  You Need to Know (Article Round Up)

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Wed, Jul 06, 2016

Keep reading for a round up of articles that will tell you what you need to know about upcoming penalty increases for major regulatory bodies.

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Tags: EPA, OSHA, PHMSA, compliance

6 Reasons to Outsource Environmental, Health, & Safety

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Whether you’re a large healthcare institution, a small research & development venture, an industrial manufacturing powerhouse, or somewhere in-between, outsourcing environmental, health, and safety operations has immense benefits for your organization. Outsourcing EH&S allows an organization to focus on its goals, while leaving the demanding safety, compliance, and health tasks to
 environmental experts.

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Tags: compliance, ehs outsourcing

[INFOGRAPHIC] Safety Statistics To Help Your Organization's Safety Culture

Posted by Derek Cuneo on Thu, Jun 23, 2016

Safety month is here! Check out these safety statistics to learn more about the importance of safety culture at your organization. For more on safety leadership in the workplace, check out our on-demand webinar here.

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Tags: safety, safety culture

5 Tactics to Get EH&S Employees Safety Compliant

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Wed, Jun 22, 2016

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

7 Necessary Components of a Highly Effective Lab Safety Program

Posted by James Ciccone on Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Last week, Triumvirate Environmental hosted a webinar with Dr. James Kaufman of The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI). Throughout his presentation, Dr. Kaufman highlighted the ten most critical components of a lab safety program and how to be more effective when planning and implementing. Check out some of those components below and be sure to download the full presentation for more insight and examples:

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Tags: lab safety

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