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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.

Reporting Year 2018 Tier II Reports Due March 1, 2019

The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) is authorized by Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).  In an effort to keep communities aware of the hazardous chemicals present at facilities exceeding certain thresholds, Section 311 and 312 of EPCRA stipulate requirements for the reporting of hazardous chemical storage.

Review OSHA’s Snow Removal Resource

This weekend’s weather serves as a reminder to review the work practices being followed for snow removal at your facility.  Employers are responsible for identifying and training workers on the appropriate personal protective equipment, fall protection, electrical hazards, and any other hazards that may be present during snow removal operations.

Be Prepared for Chemical Spills

Do you know how to determine if a spill is controlled or uncontrolled?  If a hazardous chemical was spilled in your lab right now, would the researchers know if they could clean it up themselves or not?  Do you know what measures to take to handle a controlled or uncontrolled spill scenario?

Start Preparing OSHA Form 300A

All establishments covered by OSHA’s Part 1904 are required to complete Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, on an annual basis.

2018 Safety Tip Roundup

In 2018, we shared 49 safety tips to provide information on compliance, safety, and organization that can help your lab work in accordance with all guidelines!

Conduct an Annual Review of Waste Stream Information Profiles

Waste stream information profiles (WIPs) should be in place for the common waste streams generated at your facility.  The licensed waste hauler removing waste from your site will help establish these profiles based on the composition and hazards associated with constituents of the streams.

Take Your Time to Avoid Incidents

Now that the holiday season is upon us, be sure to remind employees to take their time.  Rushing and taking short cuts can lead to incidents and accidents.  As part of the reminder, ensure everyone is aware of the need to report near misses, in an effort to prevent an incident or accident from occurring.

Be Thankful for Successes

We should be thankful for the successes we experience with our EHS programs, and remember to discuss them during safety committee meetings, company meetings, or general company updates!

End of Year Program Review

It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week, which means the end of the year will be here before we know it!  The end of the year presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on accomplishments achieved in your EHS program throughout the year and set goals for the coming year.