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OSHA's Laboratory Standard: Customizing Your Chemical Hygiene Plan

Posted by Nicole Bernard-Rance on Mon, Oct 16, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards for facilities to abide by to assure safe and healthy conditions in the working environment. While their mission is straightforward, sometimes organizations can overlook particular standards and not realize certain regulations exist or who they might affect.

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Tags: higher education, OSHA, chemical, higher-ed, lab safety, chemical labeling, lab safety. laboratory safety, healthcare, life sciences

OSHA Fit Testing Procedures: General Requirements for Test Exercises

Posted by Eric Borecky on Mon, Oct 09, 2017

As part of a company's respiratory protection program, for an individual to be able to use a respirator, they must be initially fit tested and annually thereafter to assure the respirator provides a tight fitting seal. To make sure your organization is performing fit tests appropriately, we've compiled several OSHA requirements from Appendix A to 1910.134: Fit Testing Procedures (Mandatory). Keep reading to see the general requirements for test exercises as described by OSHA

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Tags: higher education, OSHA, higher-ed, healthcare, industrial, life sciences, fit test, fit testing

Lab Training for Faculty and Students at Colleges and Universities

Posted by Corinne MacDonnell on Mon, Oct 02, 2017

Environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) programs within a higher education niche pose unique challenges due to the complexity and ever-evolving nature of colleges and universities. There are several marks of a successful EH&S program, including a comprehensive training program for faculty and students. Today, we are going to share our tips and best practices for creating an effective lab training program that will help your college or university put together a program to minimize the risk of injury or illness to faculty, students, and researchers. Keep reading to learn the steps to creating a successful lab training program.

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Tags: RCRA, higher education, OSHA, higher-ed, lab safety, lab training

OSHA's Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems Final Rule: Quick Facts

Posted by Corinne MacDonnell on Mon, Sep 18, 2017

According to OSHA, falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and death. To better protect workers from slips, trips, and falls, OSHA has issued a final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (29 CFR part 1910, subparts D and I) that updates and clarifies standards and adds training and inspection requirements. By making these changes, OSHA estimates that 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries will be prevented every year. Keep reading to learn some quick facts about the final rule from OSHA.

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Tags: higher education, OSHA, regulations, regulatory, fall safety, industrial

Respirator Fit Tests: Quantitative vs. Qualitative

Posted by Pete Schooling on Mon, Sep 11, 2017

In my last post, I discussed OSHA's Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.134, and what employees need to do before using a respirator. In that post, I promised a follow up detailing the two different types of fit tests, quantitative and qualitative, which is what I am here to review today.

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Tags: higher education, OSHA, respiratory protection plan, respirators, respiratory protection, healthcare, industrial, life sciences, fit test, fit testing

2018 Biennial Report: Who Needs to Submit?

Posted by Matt Teeter on Mon, Sep 04, 2017

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requires large quantity waste generators to submit a report every two years detailing their hazardous waste activities generated in the year prior. This is referred to as a Biennial Report or the National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report.

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Tags: RCRA, hazardous waste, EPA, eh&s, RCRA hazardous waste, large quantity generators, biennial reports, biennial reporting, reporting, biennial report

OSHA's Multi-employer Worksite Policy: Overseeing Contractors and Employees

Posted by Michael DeRosa on Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Do you work at a site with multiple employers? Are you responsible for overseeing contractors on a worksite?

If so, you've come to the right place! As you know, OSHA governs the employer to employee relationship. But wait, does that just apply to your own employees? Let discuss that for a minute. Relationships as they relate to multi-employer worksites fall into four categories:

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Tags: OSHA, environmental consulting

OSHA Respiratory Protection: What Employees Need to Do BEFORE Using a Respirator

Posted by Pete Schooling on Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Several OSHA regulations require the use of respirators, including OSHA's Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.134. Respirators are used to protect employees from harmful dusts, smokes, mists, and other materials or hazardous atmospheres. While these protective devices are necessary in certain circumstances, OSHA prohibits their use until certain requirements have been met to prove that employees know how to use them properly. Continue reading to learn some of OSHA's requirements for using respirators.

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Tags: higher education, OSHA, respiratory protection plan, respirators, respiratory protection, healthcare, industrial, life sciences

EH&S Compliance: Is Your Back to School Checklist Complete?

Posted by Corinne MacDonnell on Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Is your university ready in terms of safety and compliance for students to come back from summer break? Your EH&S program should be ready to help you minimize liability, keep people safe, reduce your cost of managing waste, stay compliant, and protect your school's reputation and brand. That's a lot to think about with school right around the corner.

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Tags: higher education, eh&s, EHS training programs, university, lab safety, EHS compliance, college, lab, Education, ehs outsourcing

Emergency Responders? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Responders!

Posted by Doug Graham on Mon, Jul 31, 2017

OK, here's the scenario: Our hypothetical employer (factory, institution, research facility, hospital, take your pick) makes an executive decision to "out-source" all hazardous chemical emergency response actions to an outside contractor. All employees are instructed that in the case of a chemical spill, they are not to respond, but to call the internal emergency contact person, who will then call the outside spill response service provider. Hands off, nice and neat, no internal hazmat response team, no need for emergency spill response (HAZWOPER) training of employees, it's all good, right?

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Tags: Emergency Preparedness, emergency response, OSHA HAZWOPER training, EHS training programs, training programs, HAZWOPER emergency response team

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