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.

chemical reporting

TRI Reporting Requirements to Expand

On April 29, 2021, the EPA announced it will be expanding Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements to include additional chemicals and facilities and provide more tools for communities to increase access to environmental information.

Asbestos danger tape

Asbestos Compliance for Operations and Maintenance Programs

Asbestos compliance is heavily regulated by both the EPA and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). An April 14, 2021, EPA settlement with the Idaho Transportation Department (IDT) serves as a stark reminder of the importance of complying with these regulations.

HazCom, GHS labels

HazCom: What EHS Managers Need to Know

The hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200)—sometimes referred to as the HazCom standard or “worker right-to-know”—remains one of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most frequently cited standards.

Prop 65 and PFAS

Prop 65 Is Coming for PFAS—California Companies, Take Note

Companies doing business in California that utilize per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their products or operations are advised to closely follow developments related to recent steps by the California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to further regulate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and other PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water […]

Infographic: The Logistics of Bulk Chemical Transportation

Transporting chemicals in bulk is more complicated than it may first seem. The supplier must transfer the chemicals in tanks to the buyer. Because tank trailers are made of several different types of materials, a suitable type of tank trailer must be selected to transport the chemicals to their destination. Staff must follow many Department […]

EPA Seeks More Public Comment on PBT Chemical Rules

In a move telegraphing a sharp departure from the previous administration, the Biden administration’s EPA opened a 60-day public comment period seeking additional input on five final rules for persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals issued on January 6, 2021, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Carcinogens and cancer

Carcinogens in the Workplace: Considerations for EHS

Right now, the biggest safety and health concern is the COVID-19 pandemic and workplace exposures to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, you still need to be aware of the occupational health hazards of workplace carcinogens.