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.

Nanochemicals: Reporting Guidance Issued

As announced in its reporting and recordkeeping rule for nanomaterials (January 12, 2017, FR), the EPA has issued final guidance on specific compliance issues associated with the rule. The guidance consists of the Agency’s answers to 53 questions presumably asked by the public in connection with the final rule and a draft of the guidance […]


Tips for Developing Your Silica Written Exposure Control Plan

An Ohio manufacturer of cast steel freight components is facing more than $610,000 in penalties after Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigators found workers at the facility exposed to machine hazards and silica. OSHA found, in part, that the company failed to implement engineering controls to lower exposure to silica. In addition to the […]


Pruitt: New Chemical Backlog Is Gone

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s “core statutory mission” includes implementing the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and particularly completing new chemical reviews more quickly. Upon taking charge of the Agency, one of Pruitt’s initial challenges was reducing a backlog of 600 new chemicals stuck in the EPA review process. Now, 6 months […]


Plastic-to-Fuel Facilities Report Low Emissions

Pyrolysis, a process that converts certain post-consumer plastics into fuel and other chemistry products, has the added benefit of emitting low amounts of air pollution when compared to facilities in some industrial sectors.


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.