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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! Wishing you all a very safe, healthy, and happy 2018! Consider taking time now to organize your EHS records and start the new year off headed in the right direction. Ensure your records are clearly organized, and key personnel are well aware of the organizational structure.

Expertise Can Lead to Complacency

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful and safe holiday season! Everyone is busy this time of year, and many people are rushing to complete tasks as quickly as possible. Remember that even researchers with extensive experience can have incidents and accidents, and in fact expertise can lead to complacency.

OSHA Announces Safe + Sound Week 2018

OSHA has announced the date for the second annual safe and sound week, which will be held August 13-19, 2018. 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.

Use Correct MA DEP Generator Registration Form

The MA DEP is now using a state version of the federal Notification of Hazardous Waste Activity form #8700-12. All generators of hazardous waste and waste oil must use this form going forward. Prior to this form being rolled out, there were two separate forms for generators to use to notify the DEP of hazardous waste and waste oil generation depending on the volume of waste generated per calendar month.

Update Inspection Preparedness Guidance

What would happen if a regulator showed up at your doorstep this afternoon? Would personnel working at the entrance to your facility be prepared, know who to contact, and how to proceed in order to get the inspection started off on the right track?

Remember Proper Lab Attire

The holiday season is here! If your company is participating in any kind of seasonal activities, remind employees to continue to comply with the established PPE policy. Hopefully the policy requires certain personal attire while working in the labs in addition to the use of personal protective equipment appropriate for the hazards present.

Be Curious

Safety Partners is celebrating our 25th Anniversary today, October 24, 2017! Having been with the company for over half of those years, this celebration makes me reflect on how important is it to be curious, creative, and practical when implementing EHS programs.

Re-Evaluate Hazardous Material Processing

When was the last time you conducted a thorough review of the hazardous material processes occurring at your facility, in accordance with 527 CMR 60.8? This review should be conducted at least annually, and lab workers need to be reminded that they should keep EHS informed of changing processes.

Conduct a Gap Analysis

When was the last time you conducted a gap analysis of your EHS program, either by using an outside consultant or an internal resource? If you have never conducted a gap analysis or if it has been some time since the last one, consider investing in this invaluable process.

Celebrate Nanotechnology!

Celebrate National Nanotechnology Day next Monday, October 9, 2017! This second annual event is intended to raise awareness around nanotechnology, including the challenges and opportunities it presents.

Be Sure to Establish a Compliant Bloodborne Pathogen Program

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, needs to be reviewed in detail when establishing a bloodborne pathogen protection program. This standard applies to all occupational exposure to human blood, human blood components, products made from human blood, and other potentially infectious material as defined in the standard.