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.

Pesticide spraying

Farm Bill Provides Pesticide Relief

A mere 4 days after the 2018 Agriculture and Nutrition Act (Farm Bill, H.R. 2) was introduced in the House, all 26 Republicans on the Chamber’s Agriculture Committee voted to approve the bill for consideration by the full House while all of the Committee’s 20 Democrats voted against it.


Is Your Business Ready for the New Proposition 65 Rules?

On August 30, 2018, California’s complex new Proposition 65 requirements for “clear and reasonable warnings” will take full effect, impacting companies across the country that do business in the Golden State. Though the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) adopted the new regulations in August 2016, businesses have had a 2-year phase-in period to […]

Chemical testing

EPA Addresses Nonanimal Testing of Chemicals

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) and Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) have jointly released for public comment an interim science policy titled Use of Alternative Approaches for Skin Sensitization as a Replacement for Laboratory Animal Testing.


How Chemical Deliveries Can Go Wrong

Procedures to prevent inadvertent mixing must be followed There is no room for complacency when delivering and receiving large amounts of chemicals. Case in point: In October 2016, a delivery of a chemical from a tank truck into a storage tank—what most would view as a simple operation—went horribly wrong at MGPI Processing Inc. in […]

Chemicals and health

Workplace Chemicals Can Cause Hearing Injuries

Hearing impairment can be caused by exposure both to noise and to chemicals, and the impairment from either of those two exposures can be worse if there is exposure to both. Damage to hearing from chemicals—called ototoxicity; the chemicals themselves are called ototoxicants—is a relatively unknown cause of injury to workers, a state of affairs […]


Obtaining CBI under TSCA Amendments

The 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) expanded access to chemical confidential business information (CBI) that businesses are required by law to provide to the EPA. TSCA Section 14, which deals in general with the CBI, now includes three categories of people who are entitled to receive the CBI. The EPA recently […]


TSCA Strategy Looks to Phase Out Vertebrate Animal Testing

The many new tasks the EPA was assigned in the 2016 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation include development of a strategic plan to promote the reduction and eventual replacement of testing on vertebrate animals when manufacturers are required by TSCA to use testing to determine the risks posed by their chemicals.

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Workplace Lead Exposure Puts Children at Risk

Twelve federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, are participating in the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks to Children. The Task Force is currently developing a draft strategy on reducing childhood lead exposure. On February 16, 2018, several cabinet heads met to outline the draft strategy. Since childhood lead exposure can occur when […]


TRI: Storage and Repackaging

We are still months away from July 1, 2018, when reports covering 2017 (called the 2017 reporting year) required by Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)—commonly called the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)—must be submitted to the EPA. But, as the Agency is fond of pointing out, it is wise to […]


Lessons Learned from a Chemical Release

In yesterday’s Advisor, we discussed a recent Chemical Safety Board (CSB) report concerning a chemical release involving a delivery and inadvertent mixture of incompatible chemicals. Today we will review CSB recommendations for the facility, the delivery company, and the local emergency responders. These recommendations are widely applicable to all chemical facilities, delivery companies, and local […]