Category: HazMat

HazMat Spill Control Rules: What Did the Public Have to Say?

The EPA recently published a summary of comments it received at three meetings held to inform the public about the Agency’s upcoming proposed regulations to prevent spills of hazardous chemicals from onshore facilities and to contain spills that do occur.

Don’t Let Employees Take Asbestos Home

The maxim not to let your employees take hazardous materials home on their clothes or other personal items can now be seen as more than just a best practice. An influential state Supreme Court recently ruled that employers are responsible and liable under a “general duty of care” for injuries to household members affected by […]

Protect Your Workers from Mold

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has no specific standards concerning mold and fungus exposure in indoor environments. However, visible mold growth or strong mold odors should not be present in the workplace. Today we will look at ways to protect your workers from exposure to mold.

A Dozen Tips for Preventing Mold Growth at Your Facility

After a flood or other serious water damage, concerns about mold might not be top on your list. Or, you may have a mold problem that is not immediately apparent. But with increasing evidence that some molds can have serious health effects, it is important to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing […]

Are Pesticide Worker Protection Requirements Really Necessary?

Yesterday we looked at the looming compliance deadline for agricultural employers and handlers to protect their workers from pesticide exposure under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pesticide Worker Protection Standard. How important is it to have standards in place to protect employees who work with or around pesticides? Today we will review the implications […]

Pesticide WPS—Will You Be Ready in January?

The deadline for compliance with certain elements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) amended Pesticide Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is this upcoming January. Today we’ll take a look at what you need to have in place to hit the ground running at the beginning of the New Year to comply with the WPS amendments […]

OSHA vs. Dust: 3 Tips for Controlling Combustible Dust Hazards

Until recently, most environment, health, and safety (EHS) professionals thought of dust primarily as a housekeeping or nuisance issue—with the exception of health hazards, like coal dust and asbestos, that can cause chronic lung disease or cancer. But in 2008, when a sugar dust explosion killed 14 people and injured 36 others at the Imperial […]

Every Little Bit Counts—Seven Tips for Disposing of Nanomaterial Wastes

Nanoscale applications are rapidly moving from the research lab to industrial and commercial settings. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), examples of workplaces that may use nanomaterials include chemical or pharmaceutical laboratories or plants, manufacturing facilities, medical offices or hospitals, and construction sites. In past Advisors, we explored nanomaterials hazards and ways […]

Preparedness is Prevention: Six More Ways Process Safety Management Could Have Prevented This Fire

At the Arboris® plant in Newark, Ohio, workers were adding hexane to a process that produced sterols—a natural compound produced by pine trees—for use in foods such as spreads, bread, milk, and yogurt. Unfortunately, the employer’s process safety management (PSM) program failed at many points to identify and correct potentially disastrous issues with the process. […]

Dirty Rags: How to Get Rid of Them

Over 2.2 billion solvent-contaminated rags are used in workplaces in the United States on an annual basis. It is no surprise then that environment, health, and safety (EHS) managers must contend with requirements from both the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for managing these rags. Yesterday […]