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Have You Made New Year’s Resolutions for Your Safety Program?

The start of the new year is a time for resolutions. Often the focus is on eating healthier, exercising more, or starting a new hobby.  For those of us in EHS it’s a perfect time to re-evaluate our safety programs and plan for and set goals for the new year.  Is your EHS program as robust as you would like it to be?  If you think there’s room for improvement some program areas to reassess include:

 

Compliance Deadlines

The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to ensure that a regulatory tracking calendar is established for ensuring ongoing compliance throughout the year.  Considerations include when the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) meeting will be held; when the chemical inventory will be conducted and SDS reconciled; when annual refresher training sessions will take place; and when permits will need to be renewed. Don’t forget to include facilities-related items such as fume hood and biological safety cabinet […]

January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Insights|

HAZWOPER Training!

OSHA’s hazardous waste operations and emergency response regulation, 29 CFR 1910.120, stipulates requirements for emergency response operations involving releases of hazardous substances. Employees participating in emergency response are required to be HAZWOPER trained based on the duties and function they would serve in an emergency response situation.

First Responder Operations Level, FROL, trained individuals are trained to respond to hazardous material releases with the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. FROL trained individuals respond in a defensive manner and do not try to stop the release. If an individual is expected to respond to a release of a hazardous material with the intent of stopping the release, they are required to be trained to the level of hazardous materials technician.

Individuals that are involved in determining if a spill of hazardous materials is considered controlled or uncontrolled should attend this training. If you are the person that […]

January 1st, 2020|Categories: Insights|

New Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Regulations in Effect

The Mass DEP’s updated Hazardous Waste Regulations have been published and are available on the MassDEP website.    The changes become effective on November 15, 2019. According to the DEP, these amendments will result in better management and control of hazardous wastes, increased recycling and reuse of regulated materials, streamlined requirements, and greater regulatory certainty. Updates were made to both the  Hazardous Waste (310 CMR 30.000) and  Solid Waste Regulations (310 CMR 16.00) regulations:  These updates include:

Solvent Wipes Rule – Amendments to 310 CMR 30.010 and 310 CMR 30.104 adopt EPA’s conditional hazardous waste exemption for solvent-contaminated wipes (e.g., ethanol and isopropyl alcohol wipes). Solvent-contaminated wipes that are sent for disposal are not hazardous waste provided certain conditions of the exclusion are met. These include that the solvent-contaminated wipes, when accumulated, stored, and transported, are contained in non-leaking, closed containers that are labeled “Excluded Solvent-Contaminated Wipes.” Note that solvent-contaminated wipes that contain listed hazardous […]

December 18th, 2019|Categories: Insights|

What is Industrial Hygiene?

Industrial hygiene (IH) is a science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention and control of workplace hazards.  These basic principles are applied to all safety programs at some level, but IH delves deeper into hazard analysis through data collection by various sampling techniques.  Simply put, IH is the scientist/engineer of your safety program.

A Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) has the highest level of credentials attainable in the field.  A CIH is trained to collect and interpret data.  To gain this credential, you must have a bachelor’s degree in a scientific field, specific course work related to IH, letters of recommendation, at least 4 years of field experience and pass a rigorous exam.  Once certified, the CIH must renew every 5 years by participating in continuing education and field work.  Earning a CIH stamp is a big undertaking, but is an important step in advancing as an IH professional.

Engaging with a CIH to […]

December 10th, 2019|Categories: Insights|

November Safety Tip Recap

Still stuffed after Thanksgiving?  Move the belt down a loop and relax with our November safety blogs!

 


 

Cambridge Biosafety Permitting Has Gone Online!

November 13th:  The Cambridge Public Health Department has unveiled their new permitting platform for new Cambridge Biosafety permits and renewals. The transition to the online system requires that each currently permitted company enter all the required information in a new record for that company on the Cambridge Public Health Department’s online ViewPoint platform, under Laboratory Biosafety.

 


 

Changes to OSHA Injury and Illness Electronic Reporting Requirements

November 20th:  Are you prepared for complying with OSHA’s revised injury and illness reporting requirements? OSHA issued a final rule in 2019 to amend its injury and illness record keeping regulation (29 CFR 1904). The changes eliminate the requirement for covered establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident […]

December 6th, 2019|Categories: Insights|

Thanksgiving Safety Tips!

Thanksgiving is here and it’s time to reflect on all of the great things that happened throughout the year.  We are thankful for all of the wonderful people that we get to work with day-in and day-out!

We are also thankful for these National Fire Protection Association personal safety tips that will help make sure your Thanksgiving is worry free!

Top 10 safety tips
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee […]
November 26th, 2019|Categories: Insights|

Changes to OSHA Injury and Illness Electronic Reporting Requirements

Are you prepared for complying with OSHA’s revised injury and illness reporting requirements?  OSHA issued a final rule in 2019 to amend its injury and illness record keeping regulation (29 CFR 1904).   The changes eliminate the requirement for covered establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report).

Establishments are still required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). In addition, the requirement to electronically submit Form 300A for all covered employers with 20 or more employees remains in place. The requirement to keep and maintain OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301 for five years has also not changed.

The electronic reporting changes went into effect with the goal of protecting worker privacy. By preventing routine government collection of information that may be sensitive, including descriptions of workers’ injuries, […]

November 20th, 2019|Categories: Insights|

Cambridge Biosafety Permitting Has Gone Online!

The Cambridge Public Health Department has unveiled their new permitting platform for new Cambridge Biosafety permits and renewals. The transition to the online system requires that each currently permitted company enter all the required information in a new record for that company on the Cambridge Public Health Department’s online ViewPoint platform, under Laboratory Biosafety.

For companies that already have a Cambridge Biosafety Permit, information should be entered for an “existing permit”.  The first time permit holders use the system they will be required to enter the same information as for a new permit.  The contact name for the account doesn’t have to be the Biosafety Officer.  During the account set-up process there will be a separate field to enter the BSO’s contact information. Note that the BSO serves the role of point-of-contact for the permit, so consideration should be given as to who should be listed.  Companies must list someone who is on staff, rather than […]

November 13th, 2019|Categories: News|

October Safety Tip Recap

October came and went.  Now that we are safe from Halloween spooks and all the candy is either passed out or eaten (yum!) we can look back at some of our Safety Tips from last month!
Still recovering from the candy coma?  Check out the summaries of our October Safety Tip blogs below and click on the titles to read our October blogs!

 


 

October 6th – 12th is Fire Prevention Week! 

October 9th:  This year’s NFPA Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

EHS professionals and others with safety responsibilities spend a good deal of time focusing on emergency evacuation plans for the workplace. However, the importance of evacuation or escape planning in the event of a home fire is often overlooked. According to an NFPA survey, only one out of every three households have developed and practiced a home escape plan.

 


 

Is Online Safety Training Compliant?

October 16th:  […]

November 1st, 2019|Categories: Insights|

Do you need to generate an SDS?

Are you required to generate a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for your newly synthesized chemical, investigational new drug, or drug intermediate?  If you will be shipping any of these materials, or otherwise distributing them to another workplace, the answer is yes. Even if only small quantities are being shipped, an SDS is required if the material meets OSHA’s definition of hazardous. Activities that might require this include shipments to CMOs for scale-up or CROs for sample testing, analysis, or other services. There is no exemption based on sample size!

OSHA has also clarified that there is no exemption from SDS requirements for newly synthesized and uncharacterized chemicals, drugs products, and intermediates. That said, OSHA does not specifically require the testing of new materials to determine physical and health effects. However, any relevant information which is known about the chemical or the mixture must be conveyed on the SDS. While much of the specific information for […]

October 30th, 2019|Categories: Insights|