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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.

Spice Up Your Safety Committee Meetings

Does your facility hold regular meetings with all your safety officers and other lab group members to discuss the high priority safety topics?  Implementing a safety committee with regularly scheduled meetings has many beneficial effects on a company’s EHS program.

Chemical Reactivity Hazards Training: November 8, 2018

Join us for a one day session to learn how to: Recognize potential chemical reactivity hazards, Put in place controls to prevent chemical reactivity incidents, Screen processes for potential chemical reactivity hazards that could cause harm to people, property or the environment, Implement a management system to help predict & prevent incidents, Recognize when a job safety analysis is needed

OSHA Announced Top Violations

OSHA has announced the list of the top 10 violations for fiscal year 2018.  There are two new citations on the list this year that have not shown up previously.

Relocations Require Thorough Lease Language Review

Lease requirements can be vague when it comes to stipulating the level of decontamination or decommissioning necessary upon exiting a space.  Some leases are very clear that a full decommissioning must be completed in compliance with the ANSI standard, but other times there is room for interpretation. 

Avoid Offering Respirators ‘Just in Case’

Has anyone ever suggested ordering N95 respirators just in case they want to use them for a particular process or procedure?  Have you ever found a box of N95 respirators sitting on a bench while walking through the labs?  Try to avoid these scenarios and ensure the use of all respiratory protection is reviewed and approved.

Review Disinfection Procedures Regularly

When was the last time you walked through your labs paying close attention to the available disinfectants? And how long has it been since your Institutional Biosafety Committee or safety committee reviewed the disinfection procedures in place?

Review and Document EPCRA Applicability

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), was developed to provide communities with important information about the hazardous substances in use at facilities in the area. Emergency planning is critical, and this act is intended to inform everyone involved so they can plan for possible emergencies involving hazardous substances.

Risk Group Classification Factors

The BMBL, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, and the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) establish four risk groups for biological agents.  These four risk groups address the risk to the laboratory worker, the environment, and the community.