Address Chemicals of Specific Concern

Address Chemicals of Specific Concern

Do you know which chemicals in your inventory are highly hazardous, require special handling procedures, or require specific storage considerations? There are various measures that can be put into place to screen and track chemicals of special concern so the answer to this question is always yes.

Establishing a form of chemical gatekeeping to screen for chemicals that require special attention is one of the first steps to take to flag incoming chemicals before they arrive on site. This is a critical step to ensure that proper engineering controls are available prior to the material being received, and a thorough review can initiate proper receiving and handling practices. When conducting chemical inventories, keep an eye out for chemicals of special concern that may need follow up to determine how they are being utilized. The chance of finding surprises during chemical inventories is reduced if a gatekeeping system is implemented, but the possibility of discovering old chemicals may still exist. The generation of hazardous waste is also a consideration that needs to be addressed when dealing with chemicals of particular concern. A separate waste stream may need to be established, and a dedicated waste storage location may be necessary.

Take proactive measures to address chemicals of specific concern and implement appropriate handling procedures to avoid potential incidents.

About the Author:

As Director of Quality Research and Training, Sarah Mueller ensures the consistency and quality of Safety Partners’ work by overseeing all aspects of knowledge management and best practices for its programs and trainings. Sarah regularly conducts research into emerging and changing regulations, and trains both clients and Safety Partners’ staff on regulations and safety standards. Sarah also oversees Safety Partners’ recruiting effort – ensuring only the best and the brightest are hired to develop, implement, and manage top-notch workplace safety programs and services.
Known for her great instincts with regard to radiation, chemical, and biological safety programs, Sarah also has been integral to the development of Safety Partners’ suite of web-based trainings and professional development courses. Prior to becoming Director of QRT, Sarah provided efficient and effective EHS services to Safety Partners clients as a Senior Consulting Safety Officer.
Prior to joining Safety Partners in 2004, Sarah was a Senior Environmental Specialist for the Department of Environment Protection, Air Compliance and Enforcement, where she was responsible for the case management of assigned facilities to ensure compliance with air pollution regulations, as well as investigating citizen complaints and training new hires. Prior to the DEP, Sarah worked in a toxicology lab at Mobil Oil Corporation. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lehigh University.

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