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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.

Calculate Your Estimated Annual Radiation Dose

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) publishes a personal annual radiation dose calculator, which can be used to estimate an individual’s average annual radiation dose based on risk factors. If you have not used this calculator before, it may be interesting to see what your projected annual dose is from natural and man-made sources of ionizing radiation.

Remember 2017 is a Renewal Year for Certified Wastewater Operators

Certified wastewater operators in MA are required to renew their certification every two years, with renewals due by December 31st of odd-numbered years. Active operators are required to obtain twenty training contact hours (TCHs) over the two-year renewal period. If you are like many other operators, you might be scrambling to complete your TCH criteria by the end of the year.

Consider Contractor Safety

Almost every facility utilizes contractors in some capacity, whether it is on a routine basis or a sporadic agreement for a specific project. Whenever you hire contractors, be sure to consider the contractor safety program that needs to be implemented.

Determine Applicability of OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application

OSHA is launching their Injury Tracking Application (ITA) for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data in compliance with the final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. Every facility should determine the applicability of 29 CFR 1904, Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, to their facility.

Recognize EHS Program Resources

Many people do not realize the extent of the resources that should be dedicated to an EHS program in order to make is successful. Implementing a comprehensive EHS program takes significant investment in both time and money.