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.

Cleaning Products Disclosure Law Passed in CA

In October 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Clean Product Right-to-Know Act of 2017, making California the second state to require manufacturers to publicly disclose the ingredients in cleaning products. New York State requires posting of cleaning product ingredients on the manufacturers website. The California law requires both disclosure online and labeling on […]


You May Be Exempt from the Silica in Construction Standard If …

OSHA’s new standard for respirable silica in construction is (almost) fully enforceable, as of October 23, 2017. Except for requirements that apply to sample analysis procedures used by laboratories, which become effective next June, employers who are covered under the standard should be in compliance with the requirements. But do you know whether you’re covered […]


OSHA Gets Down to the Nitty Gritty with New Silica Topic Page

The hazards of crystalline silica have been known for a long time. In 1938, in one of the earliest workplace safety videos, then-Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins encouraged employers to protect workers against deadly silica exposures, using many of the same methods that are recommended today. But more than two million American workers remain at […]


EPA Strategizes Alternative Methods for Vertebrate TSCA Testing

As required by the Section 4(h) of the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the EPA is in the process of preparing a strategic plan “to promote the development and implementation of alternative test methods and strategies to reduce, refine, or replace vertebrate animal testing.” Under the section, the alternatives and strategy […]

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OSHA/Industry Alliance Targets Diisocyanates

In a move that could take the momentum out of state efforts to regulate diisocyanates, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) reached an agreement to limit exposure to these chemicals in the workplace. How will this affect your operations?


Dicamba Manufacturers Agree to Change Labels

The EPA announced that it has reached an agreement with manufacturers of the herbicide dicamba, under which the companies will voluntarily change information on labels to mitigate spray drift of the substance.


NIOSH Skin Notation Is a Do Not Touch Warning for These Four Chemicals

There are lots of things people don’t like to touch—hot things, cold things, slimy things, smelly things. But there are some things—and not all of them feel uncomfortable or disgusting—that can do you a lot more harm than a slithery garden slug or a stinky dog in need of a bath. Since some of them […]


These Five Chemicals Can Get Under Your Skin

There are a lot of things that can get under your skin, either literally or metaphorically—from mosquitoes to that irritating coworker in the next cubicle. But some things that get under your skin can do more damage than spending Thanksgiving with your mother-in-law. Do you know how to identify them?


Here’s the Skinny on NIOSH’s Skin Notations

When it comes to hazardous chemical exposures, airborne exposures get the lion’s share of the attention. The vast majority of permissible exposure limits are airborne exposure limits, and there are many options for characterizing airborne concentrations of chemicals. Instant-read air monitors, colorimetric tubes, and personal sampling pumps can all help you determine just how much […]