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.

Preventing Lead Exposure: What OSHA Requires

OSHA requires employers to take specific precautions to protect workers from lead poisoning. From hygiene to housekeeping and medical surveillance to PPE, employers must be prepared to prevent exposures. Because the consequences of occupational lead poisoning can be so serious, OSHA requires strict protective measures in its general industry lead standard (29 CFR 1910.1025). If […]

Workplace Lead Exposure Still a Problem, CDC Reports

OSHA says that exposure to lead occurs in at least 120 different occupations. Overexposure to lead can result in serious illness and death. And according to a recent CDC study, occupational exposures are on the rise. Lead exposure continues to be a risk for workers in the United States, reports the Centers for Disease Control […]

How to Get "Right to Know" Right

If there are hazardous chemicals in your workplace, OSHA says your employees have a right to know about the hazards and how you propose to protect them from those hazards. OSHA estimates that more than 32 million workers are exposed to 650,000 hazardous chemical products in more than 3 million American workplaces. If yours is […]

Process Safety: Preventing Your Worst Nightmare

Fires. Explosions. Massive chemical releases. The worst nightmare of any company that works with highly hazardous substances is the kind of catastrophe in which employees are injured or killed, and the facility is badly damaged or destroyed. Process safety management is a framework for managing the serious risks associated with processes that involve highly hazardous […]

OSHA in the Process of Inspecting Process Safety Management

Failure to comply with process safety management requirements can lead to catastrophic incidents in which employees are injured or killed, the public is threatened, facilities are damaged, and OSHA is on your case. Since last summer, facilities where accidental release of highly hazardous chemicals could result in toxic discharges, fires, or explosions have been the […]

Hazmat Transportation Safety Tips

Yesterday, we talked about hazmat transportation security. Today, we focus on safety requirements for preparing shipments so that they comply with DOT’s hazmat transport regulations. The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and its regulations (49 CFR Parts 171-180), impose broad requirements for every aspect of hazardous materials transportation, including preparing materials for […]

Safe and Sound: Hazmat Transportation Security

When hazardous materials are transported, everyone involved is responsible for keeping them from falling into the wrong hands. Department of Transportation regulations require shippers, carriers, drivers, and receivers to take proper security precautions. Hazardous materials are vital to our industrial economy. Unfortunately, they can be used by terrorists to cause death and destruction. That’s why […]

The Right to Know—Don’t Get it Wrong

The basic goal of an effective hazard communication program is to ensure that both employers and employees know the identities and hazards of chemicals in their workplaces. One of the reasons for the large number of hazard communication standard (HCS) citations is that many employers mistakenly believe the standard only applies to large companies or […]

Hazard Communication: Still a Bulwark of Workplace Safety

OSHA estimates that more than 32 million workers are exposed to 650,000 hazardous chemical products in more than 3 million American workplaces. If your workplace is one of those 3 million, hazard communication is a critical issue for you and your workers. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was developed to ensure that workers and employers […]

MSDS or Guess? What Do Your Workers Do?

MSDSs provide essential safety and health information about the chemicals in your workplace. But they can only do their job and help protect against chemical hazards if employees actually use them. The MSDS should be the main resource employees rely on when they have questions about chemical hazards and precautions. But do they actually consult […]