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.

Infographic: Nail Technician Safety

According to OSHA, nail technicians face a wide variety of health hazards every day at work. OSHA has several recommendations for nail technicians to help keep them safe when dealing with the three main types of hazards: chemical, ergonomic, and biological hazards. Here’s what you need to know about nail technician safety. Check out our Back to Basics: […]

EPA Amends SNURs

On July 5, 2022, the EPA issued amendments to its Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The amendments become effective September 2, 2022. Impacted industries include chemical manufacturers, producers of petroleum and coal products, and wholesale merchants of nondurable goods. The summary of the rule states the amendments were […]

Ask the Expert: Calculating Single Listed Toxic Chemical Quantities

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 determining the quantities of single listed toxic chemicals present for TRI reports. See what the experts had to say.  Q: For TRI reports, are the […]

Back to Basics: Nail Technician Safety

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine nail technician safety and OSHA’s recommendations for dealing with nail salon hazards. EHS covers all kinds of workplaces and expands into industries where many might not consider the potential safety concerns […]

EPA Issues New PFAS Drinking Water Health Advisories

On June 15, 2022, the EPA released four drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the latest action under President Joseph Biden Jr.’s action plan to deliver clean water and EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap. Drinking water health advisories indicate a level of a contaminant below which adverse health […]

OSHA Weighing Revisions to Lead Standards

On June 28, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on revisions to the agency’s construction and general industry lead standards (87 Federal Register (FR) 38343). OSHA is considering changes to the standards’ criteria for worker medical removal, as well as action levels (Als) and permissible exposure […]

First PFAS Test Order Issued By EPA

On June 6, 2022, the EPA issued the first Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) test orders to the Chemours Company, DuPont De Nemours Inc., National Foam Inc., and Johnson Controls Inc. The orders require the companies to conduct and submit testing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In October 2021, the Agency announced its PFAS […]

The State of The Chemical Industry

The chemical industry generates $486 billion annually and employs 529,000 Americans, and 96% of all manufactured goods are directly impacted by this industry, reports the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) 2021 Guide to the Business of Chemistry. “While risks for the global economy remain, the U.S. chemical industry is in a strong position going into 2022,” […]

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 […]