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Proposed Changes to the MWRA Regulations

Proposed changes to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Sewer Use Regulations (360 CMR 10.000) were published in April 2019 and a public hearing on the changes was held this week on May 13.

Responding to an Exposure Incident – The Steps to Take

Would you know what to do if an employee at your company had a needlestick injury or other exposure incident?  Other routes of exposure to biological material include accidents with other types of sharps as well as exposure to the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, and non-intact skin.

Meet Our QRT Team!

After six years of sharing safety tips, we are excited to add more Safety Partners experts to our blog team.  Starting next week, our Quality, Research, and Training (QRT) team members will contribute to our weekly posts.

Thank You!

Today will be my last post to the Safety Partners blog as I transition into a new phase!  I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read our blog, and I hope that I have been able to share some valuable information to support your EH&S program. 

Bloodborne Pathogen Training Reminder

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, applies to all occupational exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious material as defined in the standard.  When implementing a bloodborne pathogen program, the standard needs to be reviewed in detail to ensure full compliance is achieved.

Reconcile Safety Data Sheets

Be sure to reconcile the Safety Data Sheets at your facility to verify that you have an SDS for all hazardous chemicals present on site.

OSHA Announces Safe + Sound Week 2019

OSHA has announced that Safe + Sound 2019 will be held August 12-18, 2019.  This national event is intended to promote the value of workplace health and safety programs.

Updated MA Law for Public Workplaces

The updated Law M.G.L. Chapter 149 § 6 ½ requiring public sector workplaces to comply with OSHA regulations went into effect on February 1, 2019.  While this is a significant change for public workplaces, OSHA does continue to have jurisdiction over private employers.

Remember to Conduct Chemical Inventories

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200 requires that employers maintain a list of the hazardous chemicals known to be present in the workplace.  While conducting chemical inventories, it is prudent to ensure that the SDS files are up to date for all chemicals found during the inventory.

Be Sure to Submit Your LLRW Survey!

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Radiation Control Program tracks the generation and disposal of low-level radioactive waste produced in Massachusetts every year. This is accomplished through requiring a completed LLRW survey from all licensed facilities every year.

Making Safety Training Fun

“I Love Safety Training!” Wait…what?  Have you heard many people utter these words before? It is easy to say that the importance of developing an effective safety training program should not be overlooked, but how do you put a fun and therefore effective safety training program into practice?

Gap Analyses Benefit Everyone

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.  Even if you have established a robust program, a gap analysis can provide input into what areas could use improvement or redefined focus.