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OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Update the Hazard Communication Standard

On February 16, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to amend the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The current HCS was last updated in 2012 to align the standard with the third revision of the United Nations (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The proposed changes are to update the HCS to align it with the seventh revised edition of the GHS.

Highlights of the proposed changes include:

Definitions

  • Updates to three existing definitions (exposure/exposed, hazardous chemical, physical hazard)
  • Addition of eight new definitions (bulk shipment, combustible dust, gas, liquid, solid, immediate outer package, physician or other licensed health-care professional (PLHCP), and released for shipment)

Hazard Classification

  • Clarification that the hazard classification has to consider both normal considerations of use and foreseeable emergencies
  • Additional requirements that the hazard classification must include any hazards associated with a change in the chemical’s physical form or […]

Are You Ready for the March 1st Tier II Reporting Deadline?

Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) describes reporting requirements for facilities that possess chemicals above established reporting thresholds. For those facilities subject to reporting, submission of a Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and local Fire Department is required by March 1st of every year for the previous calendar year.

These reporting requirements allow state and local emergency response and planning committees to be aware of the hazardous materials present within their communities and to prepare for emergency responses.

Which facilities have to report?

Facilities storing a hazardous chemical that is an Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS) in an amount equal to or greater than 500 pounds or above the Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ), whichever is lower, are required to submit Tier II reports. EHS and TPQs can be found in 40 CFR part 355 Appendix B and the EPA’s […]

February Events in Biotech

We’re excited to host and attend these events in February! We hope to see you (virtually) at one of these events:

Upcoming MassBio Events

Upcoming WEST Webinars
Upcoming BisNow Webinars
February 5th, 2021|Categories: Events|Tags: |

Webinar Recording of Moving Up, Moving Out: A NYC Primer + Best Practices

 

On January 28th, Safety Partners, East Egg Project Management, Newmark, Perkins & Will, and First Republic Bank discussed the NYC landscape for R&D companies considering moving and/or expanding into new space, either from an incubator, sub-leased, or currently leased space.

Check out this recording to learn about the essential elements needed along the journey to Day-One operations in that new space.

Webinar agenda:

Opening Remarks by Nishta Rao, Managing Director – Life Science, First Republic Bank

Panel Discussion with:

  • Yasmeen Ahmed Pattie, Principal, East Egg Project Management
  • Bill Harvey, Managing Director, Newmark
  • Matthew Malone, Associate Principal, Science & Technology Practice Leader, Perkins & Will
  • Rae Moore, Quality, Research, and Training Specialist, Safety Partners

From Ph.D. to Safety: Brown BioCon Recap

This past October, Safety Partners had the opportunity to speak at Brown University’s BioCon Seminar.

The BioCon Seminar series is focused on bringing in speakers, with higher degrees in the life sciences, to speak with post-docs, graduate students, and med students about diverse career paths outside of academia.

Each seminar features speakers that discuss their career path, their day-to-day work, and their advice for students and post-docs. This session featured two Safety Partners’ speakers, Dina Lloyd, Consulting Safety Officer (CSO), and Dana Zafiropoulos, Quality, Research, and Training (QRT) Specialist.

Dina graduated from Tufts’ Ph.D. program and Dana graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ph.D. program before joining Safety Partners. Since both Dina and Dana have successfully made this career transition from academia to environmental, health, and safety (EHS), they shared their experience with Brown students and post-docs and answered questions.

The discussion focused on how to find a career outside of academia and what careers in EHS look like, including […]

OSHA Violations and the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

Did you know that the most frequent cause of OSHA violations related to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is outdated, or otherwise non-compliant, Exposure Control Plans?

It is generally known in the biotech community that Exposure Control Plans are required to be in place for any facility working with blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM). What is often overlooked is that there is a specific regulatory requirement to update the Plan.

The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (in section 1910.1030(c)(1)(iv) ) specifies that the Exposure Control Plan must be reviewed and updated at least annually and whenever necessary to include new or modified tasks and procedures which affect occupational exposure and to address new or revised employee positions with occupational exposure.

The review and update of the Exposure Control Plan must also reflect changes in technology that eliminate or reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens and document annually consideration and implementation of appropriate commercially available and effective safer medical […]

January Events in Biotech

We’re excited to host and attend these events in January! We hope to see you (virtually) at one of these events:

1/20/2021 Deciphering Lab Space Codes: What You Need to Know in NYC featuring Rae Moore, Quality Research and Training Specialist, Safety Partners, Inc 

1/28/2021 Moving Up, Moving Out: A NYC Primer + Best Practices featuring Rae Moore, Quality Research and Training Specialist, Safety Partners, Inc 

Upcoming BisNow Webinars
Upcoming MassBio Events
Upcoming WEST Webinars
January 19th, 2021|Categories: Events|Tags: |

Remember to Post OSHA Form 300A!

OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, is used to summarize the recordable injuries and illnesses for the previous year and includes the number of days work was lost or restricted, and the types of injuries and illnesses that occurred.

Information about the company, including the average number of employees and total hours worked by all employees, must also be recorded.

Form 300A must be posted from February 1 through April 30 each year.  If no recordable incidents or illnesses occurred during the previous year, the form must still be completed and posted reflecting zero recordable cases. The information in Form 300A is based on information recorded in OSHA Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. However, certain employers are exempt from these reporting requirements.

Employers with 10 or fewer employees are not required to prepare Form 300 or Form 300A. In addition, only industries within certain North American Industrial Classification (NAICS) codes are […]

New Watertown Regulation Biotechnology & the Use of rDNA Molecule Technology: Sharing Our Tips!

In my April 16th  2020 blog, I wrote about the new Watertown regulation Biotechnology and the Use of Recombinant DNA Molecule Technology which became effective July 1, 2020. Existing facilities located in Watertown​ will have one year from the effective date to come into compliance, but new companies moving to Watertown must comply before work covered by the regulation can begin.

The regulation covers recombinant DNA (rDNA) work as well as non-rDNA research involving biologic agents at Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) and Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3). (BSL-4 work is prohibited in Watertown.) Examples of agents at BSL-2 include non-recombinant work with Salmonella entericaStaphylococcus aureus, Hepatitis B, and Herpes Simplex Virus.

Non-exempt rDNA work and work with regulated biologic agents requires a permit. However, low risk facilities may conduct rDNA work without a permit provided that they register with the Watertown Biosafety Committee (WBSC).  A low risk facility is one that creates, propagates, imports or uses rDNA […]

Safety Doesn’t Break for Parties: IANM V5

With the holidays, there’s a guarantee of rushing around which makes errors more likely to happen in the lab. Many people are typically off on vacation which adds another variable for accidents to happen.

Learn how to prevent accidents this season with this ‘near miss’ from our publication Incidents, Accidents, and Near Misses Volume 5:

It was the annual institute-wide holiday party and everyone in Charlie’s lab was excited to celebrate, relax, and have fun! It was the end of a long week and the weekend before many would be taking time off to go home for the holidays.

Charlie and most of his lab went just as the party was starting, but Ed stayed behind to finish up some of his work.

It wasn’t until Saturday morning that Charlie checked his email and noticed a flurry of messages from Ed the night before.

Ed is a graduate student in Dr. Brown’s lab and was finishing up some of […]