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Are Your Radiation Safety Program Files Organized?

Any facility issued a radioactive materials license by The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Bureau of Environmental Health’s (BEH) Radiation Control Program (RCP) is required to maintain records in accordance with 105 CMR 120.

Remember Hazardous Waste Containers Must Be Closed

310 CMR 30, MA Department of Environmental Protection’s Hazardous Waste Regulation, requires that a container holding hazardous waste be closed except when waste is being added or removed. Federal regulations stipulate the same requirement.

NIOSH Updates Hazardous Drug List

NIOSH has updated their list of antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs, which is included as an appendix to their Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drug in Healthcare Settings Alert.

National Biosafety Stewardship Month

As I am sure you are aware by now, September has been designated as National Biosafety Stewardship Month by the NIH, and The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memo requesting a “a government-wide ‘safety stand-down’”.

Did You Participate in N95 Day?

September 5th was a NIOSH-approved holiday, N95 Day! If you are an employee that participates in a N95 respiratory protection program, hopefully you were able to participate in N95 Day to learn more about N95 filtering facepiece respirators.

Training on New Hazards

In accordance with various regulations, many facilities require EHS training for all new employees upon hire and annually thereafter. It is great to have an established and informative training program in place, but do you remember to inform your employees of new hazards introduced into the workplace?

Tracking Biological Waste

Medical and biological waste is regulated in Massachusetts by 105 CMR 480, Minimum Requirements for the Management of Medical or Biological Waste. Make sure your facility is managing and tracking waste in compliance with the State Sanitary Code.

Have You Considered a Bail Out Binder?

All employees should be thoroughly familiar with the emergency response procedures established for your facility. In addition to training and emergency information being posted, have you considered developing a ‘bail out binder’ to take with you in the event of an evacuation?

Conducting Ergonomic Evaluations

OSHA requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. This includes providing work environments that are free of ergonomic hazards.