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Environmental, Health & Safety Blog

Part I: OSHA Top 10 Analysis and Recommendations for 2017

Posted by Mark Liffers on Mon, Jan 08, 2018

OSHA Top 10Every 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 OSHA inspections of workplaces. In September 2017, the preliminary list was released.

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

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

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

5 Consequences of Mismanaging Hazardous Waste

Posted by Schuyler Stuart on Mon, Jun 19, 2017

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

5 Steps to Take Before Relocating Your Lab

Posted by Ian Lanza on Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Rapidly evolving biotech, pharmaceutical, and research companies and departments require constant organizational changes and facility resizing. This is often achieved through entering into strategic leases and moving into different spaces that are appropriately sized.

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Tags: lab cleaning, higher education, higher-ed, healthcare, lab relocation, life sciences, life science company, lab decontamination, lab decommissioning, laboratory relocation

Lab Decontamination: Common Scenarios and Challenges for Facilities

Posted by Nikki Young on Mon, Jun 05, 2017

Managing and maintaining the integrity of laboratories is challenging, and nothing can be more daunting to an organization than environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) compliance liabilities that can exist when cleaning and decontaminating a facility. Due to the complicated and costly nature of laboratory cleanouts, it is critical for your organization to be able to identify risk and find solutions to complete the project efficiently and cost effectively.

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Tags: higher education, higher-ed, healthcare, lab relocation, life sciences, lab decontamination, lab decommissioning

Laboratory Safety: Creating a Policy for University Visitors

Posted by Corinne Johnson on Wed, May 17, 2017

For the purpose of this post, please be aware that a "potentially hazardous work area" is defined as "any area where hazardous substances (e.g. hazardous chemicals, biohazardous agents, compressed gases) or physical hazards (e.g. moving machine parts, extreme temperatures, electrical apparatus) are present." 

During school breaks, it's not uncommon for universities to allow visitors to use their laboratory facilities. This could range from passive tours to active research projects, and even include high schools that have classes held in university labs. In the event that there are visitors using your university's labs, there are important guidelines to establish and recommended best practices to follow to ensure visitors' safety while in potentially hazardous areas on campus.

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Tags: higher education, higher-ed, lab safety, lab safety. laboratory safety, laboratories, lab safety EH&S

3 Important Lab Move Questions Answered by Industry Expert, Ian Lanza

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Mon, Dec 29, 2014

Planning and executing a lab move is a daunting and complicated process. Our in-house expert, Ian Lanza recently presented a webinar on strategies for managing a lab move with a focus on time and cost-effectiveness. Here are his answers to your top three burning questions. 

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Tags: higher-ed, lab moves, Education, life sciences, technical services

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