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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|

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|

Is Online Safety Training Compliant?

OSHA acknowledges that computer-based training can be a useful component of an overall safety training program. However, OSHA does not consider the use of online training alone to be sufficient to satisfy safety training requirements unless that training contains interactive components. Their position is that to be effective, training must result in a certain level of  mastery of the training material and that online training without an interactive component would not meet this goal.

In a recent July 2019 interpretation letter on this topic, OSHA stated that an opportunity for employees to be able to ask questions of, and receive responses from, a qualified trainer in a timely manner is critical for effective training. Online training that does not provide this opportunity would not comply with OSHA’s training requirements. Their position is that training with no interaction, or delayed or limited interaction, between the trainer and trainee may halt or negatively affect a trainee’s ability […]

October 16th, 2019|Categories: Insights|

September Blog Recap

Woah!  Can you believe how fast September came and went?  October is here and it’s brought some beautiful fall weather, spooky haunted houses and exciting Halloween tricks and treats!
If your September went too fast, and you didn’t have a chance to read our safety tips; check out the summaries below and click on the titles to read our September blogs!

 


 

HAZWOPER Training 

September 10th:  Do you participate in emergency response at your lab?  Join our OSHA HAZWOPER training course to learn about hazard and risk assessment and spill response procedure!

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.

 


 

The Revised MWRA Regulations Are Now Effective!

September 18th:  In May, I had written about the proposed changes to the Massachusetts […]

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Insights|

Are your fume hoods equipped with proper airflow monitoring devices?

Laboratories of all types use fume hoods as a means of protecting their employees from chemical exposure and the processes and experiments that are performed. A fume hood is generally considered the most important engineering control in any laboratory environment to provide protection from the inhalation of harmful chemicals as well as from fires and explosions.

However, based on a recent ANSI/ASHRAE evaluation of fume hood effectiveness, a significant portion of the hoods tested (28% to 38%) do not meet required performance standards. So how can you be sure that your employees are being protected?

 

Industry standards and regulations that address proper fume hood performance include:

  • ANSI Z9.5-2012 (Laboratory Ventilation Standard), Section 8.10: “All hoods and exposure control devices shall be equipped with a flow indicator, flow alarm, or face velocity alarm indicator as applicable to alert users to improper exhaust flow.”

 

  • ANSI Z9.2 -2018 (Fundamentals Governing the Design and Operation of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems): […]
September 25th, 2019|Categories: Insights|

The Revised MWRA Regulations Are Now Effective!

In May, I had written about the proposed changes to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Sewer Use Regulations (360 CMR 10.000) that were published in April 2019. The revised regulation has now been published and is available on the MWRA TRAC website. The changes became effective on September 6th, 2019.

During the past week, permit holders have been receiving letters from the MWRA notifying them of the changes. As expected, for most Safety Partners’ clients, the impact of the changes is relatively minor with the increase in permitting and monitoring fees being the most significant for the majority of companies. However, the letter from the WWRA has resulted in questions from clients on how the changes described in the letter will affect their company and what, if any, response is required.

Included in the letter as an attachment is a revised list of Specific Prohibitions. This is a list of 22 categories of industrial […]

September 18th, 2019|Categories: Insights|

August 2019 Blog Recap

So labor day weekend is over…But September is here – and it brings fall weather, football, apple picking, corn mazes and our favorite, another safety tip recap!

Check out the summaries below and click on the titles to read our August blogs!

 

OSHA Safe + Sound Week- Do you want to energize your safety program? 

August 7th:  Safe + Sound Week is a great time to reflect on your company’s #safetysuccesses! We are so excited to support #safety programs for hundreds of #lifescience companies on the east coast!

The third annual OSHA Safe + Sound Week is being held August 12-18, 2019. This national event is intended to promote the value of workplace health and safety programs. Employers are encouraged to hold events and activities that highlight the elements of their health and safety program during this week. It has been a huge success at Safety Partners’ clients who have participated in previous years!

 


 

Is your Hepatitis B Vaccination […]

Why leave the area for 30 minutes following a BL2 spill?

Have you ever wondered where the recommendation to leave the area for 30 minutes before cleaning up a BL2 level spill comes from?  The 30 minute timeline for re-entering following a BL2 spill is a standard recommendation to prevent aerosol exposure.  This recommendation appears in spill procedures for nearly all companies and academic labs that conduct work with biological material.  In addition, it is referenced in CDC, NIH, WHO, and ABSA publications. But what is this recommendation based off of?

In large part this recommendation is based off of a 1994 CDC study published in the Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Health-Care Facilities (MMWR 1994; Vol 43, RR-13). The study showed that the time required for removing a given percentage of airborne particles from a room depends on several factors. These factors include the number of air changes per hour (ACH), which is determined by the number of cubic feet of […]

August 27th, 2019|Categories: Insights|