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.

EPA Must Improve Benzene Fenceline Monitoring Enforcement

An EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, dated September 6, 2023, recommends that the EPA enhance oversight to ensure all refineries remain in compliance with benzene fenceline monitoring regulations. “Oversight by the EPA and delegated authorities has not ensured that all refineries that exceed the action level reduce their benzene concentrations at their fencelines,” […]

The Ongoing Battle Over EtO

The EPA’s proposed rules on regulating ethylene oxide (EtO) have sparked a catfight between the EPA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to several sources. In April 2023, the EPA issued two proposals aimed at reducing EtO emissions, including more stringent air emissions standards and additional protections for workers who are exposed to […]

Chemical Safety Board Applauds EPA Hydrogen Fluoride Initiative

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) updated National Enforcement and Compliance Initiatives (NECIs), which continue the EPA’s focus on reducing risks of accidental releases at industrial and chemical facilities. For the first time, the EPA’s initiatives emphasize inspecting and addressing noncompliance at facilities that use […]

Infographic: HAZCOM Inspections

OSHA issued updated inspection procedures for the hazard communication standard in 2015. Here’s what you need to know about HAZCOM inspections. 

Back to Basics: Sorting Out Chemical Regulations

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine chemical regulations. Depending on your industry, you may have to deal with one or more federal agencies that regulate chemicals in commerce. A variety of federal regulations apply to the production, […]

TSCA and TRI Complexities with the Increased Focus on PFAS

The EPA recently announced its framework for addressing new per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and new uses of PFAS and published its final rule adding nine new PFAS to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). These actions advance the goals of the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Framework. New framework to prevent unsafe new PFAS from entering the […]

CourtWatch: D.C. Circuit Hands Trade Associations Win in HFC Case

In June 2023, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International, et al. v. EPA that eliminated the Agency’s authority to enact “complementary” implementation measures regarding the regulation of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs). The ruling also upheld the EPA’s authority to regulate HFCs and HFOs. […]

EPA Proposes New Restrictions on Carbon Tetrachloride

On July 17, 2023, the EPA announced proposed new regulations for the solvent carbon tetrachloride (CTC). The proposed regulations would impose new restrictions and ban some uses of CTC to better protect workers and communities. CTC is a solvent used in commercial settings as a raw material for producing other chemicals like hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) used […]

Faces of EHS: Scott Selasky on Modernizing Safety

For our latest Faces of EHS profile, we sat down with Scott Selasky to discuss how he got his start in the industry, learning from new technology, and updating safety standards. Tune in to hear his insights. 

3M Announces $10B PFAS Settlement

On June 22, 2023, 3M Company announced a momentous $10.3 billion settlement in its mass torts lawsuit with thousands of plaintiffs over the company’s alleged contamination of municipal drinking water by per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS), commonly known as “forever chemicals.” Subject to court approval, the agreement: Provides funding for public water systems (PWS) across […]