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.

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 […]

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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.

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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.

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A Close TSCA Review for Supersolvent TCE

The future of trichloroethylene (TCE) in an industrial process called vapor degreasing is balanced to some extent on the outcome of an EPA proposal under which the Agency would use its authority under Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prohibit the manufacturing (including importing), processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE […]

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The Cost of Catastrophe: The Business Case for Facility Improvements

The West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas operated out of a building that was originally constructed in 1961. The facility was expanded, piecemeal, over the next 52 years, but its underlying construction remained the same: a wood-framed building with asphalt shingles and plywood bins for storing fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate (FGAN) and other bulk agricultural materials, […]