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Evaluating Employee Exposure to Spor-Klenz

Posted by Mark Liffers on Mon, Mar 12, 2018

For many years, a class of non-bleach liquid sporicidal disinfectants also known as cold sterilants, have been used throughout the biological research and pharmaceutical production industries to control microbial contamination on stainless steel, glass and plastic surfaces. These are made up of a stabilized mixture of peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid. Spor-Klenz®, manufactured by STERIS Life Sciences is a popular example. These products are readily available as pre-mixed solutions or as a concentrate that requires dilution, usually a 100 times dilution (one part concentrate to 99 parts purified water).

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Tags: life sciences, OSHA standards, healthcare, higher education, higher-ed

Outsourcing Waste Management? 7 Important Qualities to Look for in an Onsite Partner

Posted by Mike Albert on Mon, Mar 05, 2018

Choosing a hazardous waste management partner can be a difficult decision. The work is complicated and dangerous, and you need to make sure they are keeping your organization in full compliance with all regulations. Being able to hire a waste partner that you trust to take care of all things waste-related will allow your organization to focus on its core competencies without the extra stress. To help you narrow down the search when considering outsourcing waste management, take a look at seven characteristics you should be looking for when choosing your onsite partner.

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Tags: OSS, life sciences, healthcare, higher-ed, higher education, industrial, waste management services, waste management, haz waste, hazardous waste management, hazardous waste program, onsite hazardous waste programs, onsite hazardous waste program

USP General Chapter <800>

Posted by Ted Dubiel on Mon, Feb 26, 2018

USP General Chapter 800 provides standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients, and the environment in the United States. While the official date of General Chapter <800> isn't until December 1, 2019, many healthcare organizations and pharmacies within hospitals are preparing now, and USP strongly encourages early adoption to protect the public health in all healthcare settings. Keep reading to see some quick information about USP General Chapter <800> and what you can do to prepare for the standards.

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Tags: regulatory compliance, healthcare

Internally Managing Hazardous Waste: What Can Go Wrong?

Posted by Mike Albert on Mon, Feb 19, 2018

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: Haz-Waste management, hazardous waste management, hazardous waste, hazmat, hazmat management, hazmat handling, life sciences, life science company, higher education, higher-ed, healthcare, healthcare industry

Incubator, Cold Room, and Biological Safety Cabinet Contamination

Posted by Ryan Miller on Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Preventing and remediating contamination in incubators, cold rooms, and biological safety cabinets allows your organization to run a smoother operation, reduce equipment downtime, and create a safe, environmentally compliant, and healthy facility. Keep reading to learn how contamination in these places occurs, and how to remediate the situation and decontaminate the area.

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Tags: facilitycare, industrial, life sciences, healthcare, higher-ed, higher education, Biosafety

OSHA Standards: Top 10 Violations for 2017 Part II

Posted by Mark Liffers on Mon, Jan 15, 2018

OSHA StandardsEvery year, a list of the top 10 most violated OSHA standards is released. Last week, we offered an analysis of the top five standards on this list. Keep reading to see recommendations for some of the most frequently cited safety and health violations for 2017. Read More

Tags: OSHA, OSHA standard, OSHA violations, OSHA regulations, industrial, life sciences, healthcare, higher education, OSHA standards

Most Violated OSHA Standards: Analysis and Recommendations for 2017 Part I

Posted by Mark Liffers on Mon, Jan 08, 2018

OSHA StandardsEvery year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list of the ten most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year (OSHA top 10), determined by inspections of workplaces reviewing OSHA standards. In September 2017, the preliminary list was released.

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Tags: OSHA standard, OSHA, safety, OSHA violations, OSHA regulations, industrial, life sicences, healthcare, higher-ed, higher education

5 Reasons to Work With an EH&S Partner

Posted by Jim Holland on Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Whether you're a large healthcare facility, a small research and development venture, or an industrial manufacturing powerhouse, using a partner to deliver environmental, health, and safety operations may have valuable benefits. Third party delivery of EH&S allows an organization to focus on its core goals, all while leaving the demanding safety, compliance, and health programs to the experts.

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Tags: ehs outsourcing, EHS compliance, Environmental Health and Safety, healthcare, life sciences, higher education, higher-ed, industrial, eh&s, EH&S program

Update to the CAA: How the EPA's Refrigerant Management Program Has Changed

Posted by Rick Foote on Mon, Nov 27, 2017

In the fall of 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated Section 608 of the Clean Air Act (CAA), the National Recycling and Emission Reduction Program, by extending ozone-depleting refrigerants to include substitutes like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). These changes strengthen the existing program, effectively reducing climate-damaging emissions from air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.

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Tags: EPA, Clean Air Act, industrial, life sciences, healthcare, higher education, refrigerants, stratospheric ozone layer

Q&A Series: An Expert's Take on Preparing for an EH&S Emergency

Posted by Kevin Coulon on Mon, Nov 06, 2017

Are you prepared for an emergency response (ER) situation, such as a chemical spill, unknown odor, water/sewer line break, oil spill, and more? Being prepared and reacting swiftly to assembly your ER team can help to prevent further harm. I recently delivered a webinar  on this topic and provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding ER situations. Read on to see a portion of the questions and answers, and be sure to watch our webinar to hear the rest of the Q&A! Read More

Tags: emergency response, ER, Emergency Planning, Emergency Preparedness, HAZWOPER emergency response team, OSHA HAZWOPER, RCRA, higher education, healthcare, life sciences, industrial

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