Category: Chemicals

Today’s workplace uses thousands of chemicals, many of which are hazardous. The resources in this section will help guide you in the safe and legal identification, storage, transport, and use of these chemicals, and in making sure that your employees right to know how to be safe around such substances is provided, as required by law.

Chemical Prioritization and Evaluation Rules Issued by EPA

The EPA has finalized two rules required by the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which are intended to guide the Agency in both prioritizing chemicals for risk evaluations and actually conducting those evaluations.


Prevent Ammonia Releases During Loading and Unloading Operations

On June 12, 2017, hazardous materials (hazmat) crews were called to a South Texas Cold Storage in Corpus Christi, Texas. A cooling unit at the facility was leaking ammonia. Nearby residents were instructed to shelter in place while hazmat crews controlled the leak. That same day, in Phelps, New York, two homeowners became ill after […]


Prevent Ammonia Releases During Normal and Shutdown Operations

During the early morning hours of June 6, 2017, an ammonia leak at a Mrs. Grissom’s Salads production facility just outside Nashville, Tennessee, trapped 32 people—some of them inside an administrative building at the site; others at the Coca-Cola bottling plant next door. The leak was outside the Mrs. Grissom’s facility, but the cutoff valves […]

Beryllium symbol - Be. Element of the periodic table zoomed with magnifying glass

Is Beryllium Involved in that Operation?

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new beryllium standard, employers have until March 10, 2020, to implement engineering controls if they are needed to control beryllium exposure. OSHA has recommended some minimum exposure control strategies for specific operations that involve beryllium. Let’s take a look.

Focus on Beryllium Chemical Element from the Mendeleev Periodic Table

Tips for Controlling Beryllium Exposure in Your Workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new beryllium standard recently went into effect. Yesterday we addressed the new standard for general industry and the looming compliance dates. Today we offer general tips for controlling beryllium exposure in your workplace, and tomorrow we will look at exposure control recommendations related to specific activities.


New Standard for Beryllium: The Who and the When

The Obama administration’s standard for addressing beryllium exposure in the workplace has taken effect after a short delay by the Trump administration. The new rule contains standards for general industry, construction, and shipyards.


OSHA Wants to Scale Back Coverage of Beryllium Rules

OSHA proposed on Friday, June 23 to exclude construction and shipbuilding from a final rule issued on January 9, 2017 reducing workers’ exposure to beryllium. The lightweight metal is used primarily in foundry and smelting, composites manufacturing, dental lab work, among other applications. Under the proposal only general industry workplaces would be subject to the […]


State AGs Object to Chlorpyrifos Order

Seven state attorneys general (AGs) have filed a formal objection to EPA’s refusal to ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops.


EPA Reports Progress on New Chemical Backlog

The EPA says that it is cutting into the backlog of new chemical reviews required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and expects to have the number of ongoing cases down to its “typical baseline” of about 300 by the end of July 2017.


Infographic: It’s TRI Reporting Time!

The July 1 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting deadline will be here before you know it. This infographic provides essential information to help determine if you need to report, along with some helpful tips for preparing and submitting a TRI report.