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.

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 […]

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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?

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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 […]

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EPA Issues Guidance for Changes to Pesticide Registrations

Pesticide registrants should review EPA’s draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN), which provides guidance on whether they should provide the Agency with a notice regarding minor modifications they wish to make to a registration. The draft would supersede PRNs issued in 1995 and 1998. Those PRNs addressed actions by registrants that do not require extensive EPA […]

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Create SEGs to Simplify Chemical Exposure Monitoring

How many individual chemicals are workers exposed to in your workplace? How many workers are exposed to those chemicals? How do you keep up with who is exposed to what, and when you need to monitor for each chemical? What about seasonal factors affecting exposures and other changes over time?

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After Hurricane Harvey: Care Is Essential for Plant Restarts

Fires reported at a chemical plant east of Houston, which was inundated by forty inches of rain dropped by Hurricane Harvey, highlight in the starkest possible terms the need to exercise all precautions in securing equipment and safety and restarting operations at flood-affected facilities with hazardous chemicals. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board […]

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Sulfur: Pesticide Use and Respiratory Problems in Children

What is the most heavily used pesticide in California? Is it glyphosate (Roundup)? Atrazine? Chlorpyrifos? Actually, it’s none of the above. According to a new report sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the answer is elemental sulfur. Approximately 46 million pounds of sulfur were applied to crops in California in 2013, […]

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Making the Business Case for Chemical Process Safety

Nearly every nation has at least one story to tell of a disastrous process safety failure that destroyed lives, property, and critical production installations. These incidents also wreak havoc on a business’s regional, and sometimes national or international, reputation—not to mention its stock price. The cost of effective process safety management pales in comparison to […]

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TSCA Rule for Active and Inactive Chemicals Issued by EPA

The EPA has published a final rule establishing content requirements and deadlines for electronic data submissions that will allow the Agency to designate chemicals in the Toxic Substances Control Act’s (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory as either active or inactive. The rule is required by the 2016 TSCA amendments to clarify the status of the more […]

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Training Tips for the New Silica Standard

Yesterday we discussed the new silica standard as it applies to general industry and maritime workplaces and focused on the requirements for a written exposure control plan. Today we will provide some tips for employee training under the new standard.

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