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

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

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, EHS compliance, ehs outsourcing, EHS training programs, eh&s, university, college, lab, lab safety, Education

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

Pregnancy in Research Laboratories: Keeping Your Facility Safe and Aware of Exposure Risks

Posted by Melanie Magnan on Mon, Apr 03, 2017

Pregnant and nursing laboratory workers are at increased risk for development of infectious diseases, pregnancy complications, and fetal birth defects. This includes personnel who do not directly work with potential pathogens or chemicals, but may have exposure because they share the same laboratory space where the infectious agents or chemicals are studied. To minimize the possibility of an injury or harmful situation, the right steps need to be taken to ensure safety for all in the lab.

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Tags: laboratories, lab safety, lab safety EH&S, laboratory personnel, higher education, life sciences

7 Things You Need to Know Before Moving Your Lab

Posted by Ian Lanza on Fri, Mar 03, 2017

There are a lot moving parts when it comes to completing a lab relocation. You have to pack and label chemicals, decontaminate your lab thoroughly, and transport everything to the new lab, all while remembering every regulation associated with the move and making sure you’re in compliance with all of them. 

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Tags: Field Services, lab pack, lab safety, lab move, lab relocation, Education, life sciences, lab decontamination, technical services

Q&A Series: 4 Important Emergency Response Questions and Answers

Posted by Kevin Coulon on Tue, Feb 07, 2017

While the ER coordinator serves as the point person during an emergency, it is important to prepare your entire facility for a possible emergency in order to streamline the response and control the situation. Practicing different spill scenarios and other emergencies is the best way to identify procedural flaws and potential issues that could exacerbate an already dangerous situation. I recently delivered a webinar on this topic and provided answers to some of the most common questions received.

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Tags: ER, emergency response, spill, safety, lab safety, spill kits

Are You Using Peroxide Forming Compounds?

Posted by Olivia Smith on Mon, Nov 14, 2016

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Tags: eh&s, lab safety, peroxide, Education, life sciences, technical services

7 Things You Need to Know About Before Moving Your Lab

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Mon, Sep 12, 2016

There are a lot moving parts when it comes to completing a lab relocation. You have to pack and label chemicals, decontaminate your lab thoroughly and transport everything to the new lab, while, all the while, remembering every regulation associated with the move and making sure you’re in compliance with all of them. 

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Tags: Field Services, lab pack, lab safety, lab move, lab relocation, Education, life sciences, lab decontamination, technical services

7 Necessary Components of a Highly Effective Lab Safety Program

Posted by James Ciccone on Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Last week, Triumvirate Environmental hosted a webinar with Dr. James Kaufman of The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI). Throughout his presentation, Dr. Kaufman highlighted the ten most critical components of a lab safety program and how to be more effective when planning and implementing. Check out some of those components below and be sure to download the full presentation for more insight and examples:

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Tags: lab safety

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