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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

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

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

OSHA Top Ten Violations of 2017

Posted by Rick Foote on Mon, Oct 30, 2017

Every 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, determined by OSHA inspections of workplaces. Last month, the preliminary (as of Sept. 5, 2017) top ten violations for fiscal year 2017 were announced. Here are the results:

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Tags: higher education, OSHA, OSHA violations, OSHA standard, healthcare, industrial, 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

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

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

5 Steps to Properly Managing Your Industrial Wastewater System

Posted by Craig Sasse on Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Wastewater system operation and maintenance (O&M) is a complex process; one that is pivotal to facility compliance and the successful treatment of wastewater before it is discharged into the environment. Industrial wastewater is a product or byproduct of industrial and commercial processes, and is separate from domestic sources of wastewater.

This type of wastewater includes runoff and leachate from areas that receive pollutants associated with industrial or commercial storage, handling, or processing facilities. If your company discharges industrial wastewater, you must ensure that you treat it as needed before it enters the sewer system or otherwise leaves the facility.

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Tags: wastewater compliance, wastewater O&M, wastewater, industrial

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