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3 Reasons Your HPLC Waste SAA Is Putting Your Organization & Employees at Risk

Posted by Ian Lanza on Tue, Feb 09, 2016

Many solvent waste systems used in pharmaceutical, healthcare, and higher education research do not appropriately address the safe or compliant collection of hazardous waste. In fact, many of these “systems” aren’t much of a system at all. In most cases waste collection is non-compliant, not easy to handle, and unsafe.  If your solvent waste systems looks anything like either of the pictures on the right, you’re probably out of compliance and endangering employees.

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Tags: solvent waste, HPLC

4 Tips to Keep Your Wastewater Pretreatment System in Tip-Top Shape

Posted by Darrell Interess on Mon, Feb 08, 2016

Properly operating and maintaining your industrial wastewater pretreatment system is key to efficient, successful, and compliant operations. Though many EH&S employees understand this, few have a concrete idea of what proper maintenance entails. Are there other steps you can take on a proactive basis to operate your system even more efficiently with less downtime and emergency calls? Absolutely. Here four tactics we use at Triumvirate Environmental.

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Tags: wastewater O&M, wastewater

Disposing of Sodium Azide Solutions: What You Need to Know

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Tue, Feb 02, 2016

Sodium azide (NaN3) is extremely toxic and potentially explosive under certain conditions. This azide compound is frequently used as a preservative in many reagents and stock solutions that are utilized in healthcare facilities. Here’s what you need to know about drain disposal of sodium azide as well as other solutions.

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Tags: hazardous waste, sodium azide

Major Environmental, Health and Safety Survey Finds Staffing and Safety as Top Concerns for 2016

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Wed, Jan 27, 2016

Triumvirate will detail findings and implications of the 2016 State of EH&S Survey in a webinar on January 28, 2 p.m. ET. Registration is open at: bit.ly/EHSwebinar

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Tags: eh&s

Winter Safety Tips for Storm Jonas

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Fri, Jan 22, 2016

With winter storm Jonas set to deliver heavy snow across the east coast, here are some winter safety tips for this weekend. Stay warm!

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Tags: safety

7 Necessary Components of a Highly Effective Lab Safety Program

Posted by James Ciccone on Thu, Jan 21, 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

How to Make Your Satellite Hazardous Waste Accumulation Areas Work for You

Posted by Pat Doyle on Wed, Jan 20, 2016

Setting up a series of satellite hazardous waste accumulation areas (SAAs) is a great way to maximize efficiency at your business while helping to cut down on the regulatory red tape associated with a main hazardous waste accumulation area. While the regulatory framework surrounding these areas is less stringent than for a main accumulation area, there are still some important rules surrounding them, but rather than being a nuisance, these can help you to place your SAAs around your facility in the most efficient manner possible. Here are some tips for making sure you get the most out of your SAAs without landing in hot water with the EPA.

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A Comprehensive Walkthrough of OSHA's New Online Injury Reporting Site

Posted by Pat Doyle on Wed, Jan 13, 2016

As part of OSHA’s recent drive to make injury reporting easier for employers, the organization has recently rolled out a streamlined website that allows an injury report to be filed in a matter of minutes. Here’s a walkthrough of the new site, as well as what you need to know about injury reporting.

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Tags: OSHA

What Do the Patriots Have in Common With Your Biotech Start-Up's EH&S Operations?

Posted by Pat Doyle on Mon, Jan 04, 2016

Think about this: The Patriots special teams comes onto the field after the coin toss to kick off against the Broncos. Then, for the first play of the game, the Raiders defense comes out for a few plays before the Patriots special teams fields the Broncos punt. After that, the Cardinals offense comes out to try and find a hole in the Broncos defense. You can imagine that this setup wouldn’t bode well for our Franken-team, but time and time again many new biotech companies mistakenly choose this route for managing their EH&S responsibilities.

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Tags: EHS compliance, EHS management

Four Ways to Put Information Technology to Work on Your Wastewater System

Posted by Darrell Interess on Tue, Dec 29, 2015

With new smartphones, home security and automation and entertainment options at our fingertips, technology is constantly changing. While not always as flashy as the latest apps, wastewater treatment technology has become just as useful. With our time and resources being stretched thinner with each passing day, putting technology to work for your wastewater treatment system makes a world of good sense. Keep reading for four ways to bring your wastewater operations into the 21st century.

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Tags: wastewater