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.

EPA Targets PFAS—But Is Your State Ahead of the Game?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched an initiative to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The federal initiative will basically provide information and support state attempts to regulate the substances. States and the EPA are also keeping an eye on alternatives developed to replace PFAS. How are these efforts affecting your operations?

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CSB Sued Over Accident Reporting Rule

Four groups have filed a legal complaint against the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) for not meeting a Clean Air Act (CAA) requirement to issue a regulation requiring that operators of chemical facilities report accidental releases of chemicals to the ambient air.

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EPA: TSCA Small Business Definition Will Change

The EPA announced that it has determined that a revision of the current small business size standards under a section of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is warranted. Although the Agency does not indicate how the standards will change, it does state that based on current economic conditions, the levels used to define a […]

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North Carolina Focuses on Unregulated Byproduct Discharge

Beginning in 1980, the chemical plant in Bladen County, North Carolina, owned by DuPont and its spin-off company Chemours began discharging wastewater into the Cape Fear River. One of the chemicals in the wastewater was a fluorochemical called GenX, that wasn’t covered by any rule, regulation, or permit—like many other industrial byproducts, GenX was discharged, […]

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Nine Tips for Storing Chemicals Outside

The recent hurricanes that devastated Texas and Florida and destroyed Puerto Rico give pause to environment, health, and safety (EHS) managers who sometimes need to store chemicals in outdoor areas. What can you do to mitigate potential releases when storing chemicals outside?

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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