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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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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