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OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements Made Clear

January 18, 2017 will mark the effective date of OSHA’s final rule that clarifies making and maintaining work-related injury and illness documentation. The amendments in this rule do not stipulate any new compliance obligations, and the injury and illness reporting requirements remain the same.

Increased Resources for Nanotechnology Safety

As general awareness around nanotechnology and the use of nanoparticles continues to increase, so do the resources for nanoparticle safety.  The general definition of nanomaterials is materials that have a length scale between 1 and 100 nanometers.  The unique properties that materials of this size exhibit present unique safety concerns.

Maintain Compliant HepB Vaccination Records

If you have employees that fall under OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard working at your facility, be sure to maintain records of offering covered employees the Hepatitis B vaccine in accordance with the standard.

Take Your Time…Please!

Everyone knows that the holiday season is a busy time of year, with many people rushing to avoid being late for holiday events, finish their shopping, or hurry home to enjoy their families. Now is a good time to remind everyone to take time to follow the established EHS practices at your facility and not take any short cuts to finish early or simply on time.

Know Your Spill Response Limits

If a hazardous chemical was spilled in your lab right now, would the researchers know if they could clean it up themselves or not? Rather than wondering what the thresholds are for cleaning up a spill in house when there is a puddle on the floor, consider developing a spill response chart for the main hazardous chemicals present in your lab.

Have You Considered a Constant Waste Handling Reminder?

After you have spent time and energy revamping your waste handling procedures and retraining lab workers, consider establishing a constant reminder to preserve your hard work. A waste handling flow chart can be created with pictures to clearly demonstrate how particular waste streams should be disposed of.

Check Your Package Receipt Procedure

If you are running a radiation safety program, be sure that the individuals trained to receive shipments of radioactive material are following the established package receipt procedure. The procedure should clearly explain the entire process of how the package will be received from the vendor through being placed into the final on-site storage location.

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands. This is a statement that you have probably heard a million times over, starting as far back as you can remember. Did you know that employers are responsible for ensuring that employees wash their hands after removing PPE by regulation?

Celebrate TRI’s 30th Anniversary!

October 17, 2016, marked the 30th anniversary of the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program! This anniversary is certainly something to celebrate as the TRI Program incentivizes industrial facilities to prevent pollution and informs communities about the toxic materials being used in the surrounding community.

What’s in That Container?

When was the last time that you walked into the lab with the intent of looking at waste containers to see how lab workers are disposing of the waste being generated? If you cannot remember, I would suggest taking the time to tour all the labs and evaluate the waste disposal practices being followed.

Keep Your Staffing Plan Updated

The operation of wastewater treatment works, including pH neutralization systems, requires the submission of a staffing plan to the MA Department of Environmental Protection. This staffing plan is required to describe the personnel that will maintain the wastewater treatment system and outline a plan to provide that coverage.