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.

CSB Releases Videos on Chemical Accidents

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a pair of videos on chemical accident investigations that concluded last fall. The safety videos explored the causes of an explosion and a fire at the AB Specialty Silicones in Waukegan, Illinois, which killed four workers, destroyed the facility’s production building, and caused extensive damage […]

Infographic: Chemical Hazard Management

Despite many policy changes and updates that have occurred in the last year, OSHA continues strong enforcement of longstanding regulations for well-established hazards like falls, lockout/tagout, unguarded machinery, and workplace chemicals. The agency’s hazard communication standard (HCS) remains one of OSHA’s most frequently cited standards, cited 1,947 times in fiscal year (FY) 2021. Here’s what […]

Ask the Expert: Storing Corrosives

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking about storing corrosives. See what the experts had to say.  Q: Is there an OSHA requirement that stipulates that corrosives must be stored on a low […]

Back To Basics: Managing Workplace Chemical Hazards

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA’s standards for HazCom and managing workplace chemical hazards. Do you get overwhelmed thinking about all the new rules and enforcement initiatives out of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)? […]

Perchlorate to Remain Unregulated in Drinking Water

On March 31, 2022, the EPA announced it will not regulate perchlorate in drinking water. Perchlorate is a chemical commonly used in rocket fuel, fireworks, airbag initiators, matches, and signal flares. The EPA announcement followed its review of a July 2020 determination with the same conclusion. The previous determination concluded “that perchlorate is not found […]

EPA Announces 2020 TRI Data and New Analysis Tools

On March 3, 2022, the EPA released its 2020 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis. The data revealed a 10% decline in environmental releases of TRI chemicals by facilities covered by the program between 2019 and 2020. “The 2020 TRI National Analysis summarizes TRI chemical waste management activities, including releases, that occurred during calendar year […]

Group of men working at a chemical warehouse classifying barrels

Hazardous Chemical Compliance In Storage And Distribution Facilities

Based on inspections over the last several years, the EPA has found many chemical storage and distribution facilities “are not developing safety precautions; instituting maintenance, monitoring, and employee training measures and preparing risk management plans to remain in compliance with Clean Air Act (CAA) and Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) requirements,” […]

EPA 2021 Power Plant Emissions Data

The EPA’s annual report on power plant emissions—released on February 18, 2022—reveals a 20% increase in sulfur dioxide (SO2), a 13% rise in mercury, and a 7% increase in carbon dioxide (CO2). The data also showed a 5% increase in nitrogen oxides (NOx) during ozone season (May 1 to September 30) and a 3% increase […]

More PFAS Added to EPA Toxic Release Inventory

Four more per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were added to the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list on January 24, 2022, as part of the Agency’s “comprehensive Strategic Roadmap to confront the human health and environmental risks of PFAS,” according to an EPA news release. Regulatory framework The process for adding additional PFAS to TRI […]

DuPont Water Contamination Case Dismissed

On January 4, 2022, U.S. District Judge Lewis Liman of the Southern District of New York dismissed claims against Du Pont de Nemours and Co and its codefendants seeking payment for upgrades to five water treatment plants managed by Suez Water New York Inc. The suit, Suez Water New York v. Dupont, Corteva, Inc, and […]