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.

7 Elements of a Compliant HAZWOPER S&H Program

Under HAZWOPER rules, a written safety and health program must be developed for operations and cleanup at hazardous waste sites. Programs must have seven elements. OSHA rules say that HAZWOPER (hazardous waste operations and emergency response) safety and health programs must incorporate the following elements: Organizational structure Comprehensive work plan Site-Specific Safety and Health Plan […]

PCB Bulk Product vs. Remediation Waste

In recent years, EPA has learned a great deal about the extent to which products manufactured to contain PCBs (e.g., paint and caulk) were used in many buildings, including schools, before the manufacture of PCBs was banned by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). As more buildings were discovered to have PCB contamination, it was […]

UST Best Management Practices: Leak Detection

You can detect a leak from any portion of the tank or the connected underground piping that routinely contains petroleum Your leak detection is installed, calibrated, operated, and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, including routine maintenance and service checks for operability or running condition; and Your leak detection meets the performance requirements described […]

Get a Head Start on SDS Training

It’s time to start thinking about training on the new safety data sheet (SDS). Here are some ideas to get you started, and a great new BLR product to help you train. OSHA estimates that over 5 million workplaces in the United States would be affected by the revised hazard communication standard. These are all […]

Can You Answer These Questions About the SDS?

Ready for the new GHS-required safety data sheet (SDS)? Here’s a little game of 20 questions to test your knowledge of the new SDS. Use the quiz to check supervisors’ understanding of the new format as well. Although you still have over a year to train employees about the new GHS-required SDS and even more […]

What’s Significant About TSCA’s Significant New Use Rule

Premanufacture notices SNURs are directly connected and sometimes identical to TSCA premanufacture notices (PMN) consent orders the EPA develops for new chemicals.  Through PMN consent orders, the EPA imposes conditions and restrictions on the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of new chemicals.  After development of a PMN consent order, the EPA will issue an […]

TRI Reporting Due Soon

President Obama’s Omnibus Appropriations Act rescinded EPA’s TRI Burden Reduction Rule of 2006. The Act requires that all reports on PBT chemicals (chemicals and chemical categories of “special concern”) be submitted on Form R, the more detailed form. For all other chemicals, the shorter Form A may be used only if the annual reporting amount […]

Why Do We Need GHS? Is the Hazard Communication Standard Obsolete?

Why do we need the GHS? GHS is a Globally Harmonized System of classification and labeling of chemicals, yet we already have OSHA’s hazard communication standard (HCS), so why is GHS necessary? In a BLR webinar titled "The Hazard Communication Standard: Significant Changes are Finally Here – Are You Ready for GHS?," Brad Harbaugh outlined […]