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Don’t Forget to Submit Your LLRW Survey!

Low Level Radioactive Waste Surveys. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Radiation Control Program tracks the generation and disposal of low level radioactive waste produced in Massachusetts every year.

Hazardous Waste Generator Training

Are your generators of hazardous waste trained sufficiently?  Have your certified hazmat employees been trained on RCRA regulations? The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was enacted to protect human health and the environment from the hazards of hazardous waste generation and disposal. 

Are Biosafety Levels and Risk Groups the Same?

Many people assume that biosafety levels and biological risk groups are synonymous, when in fact there are many factors to consider when designating a biosafety level for a biological agent. There are four risk group classifications established in the NIH Guidelines  and The World Health Organization’s Laboratory Biosafety Manual. 

Conducting Chemical Inventories

When was the last time a chemical inventory was conducted in your lab?  Do you know what hazardous chemicals are present in your workplace and are you maintaining SDSs for all of them?

Import and Export Permitting Can Be Complicated

Biological materials imported into the US or exported out of the US may be subject to permitting requirements through various agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and US Fish and Wildlife (FWS). 

DOT Training

The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates the transport of hazardous material via highway, air, railroad, and vessel.  A hazmat employee, as defined in 49 CFR 171.8, is an employee that directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety. 

Our New Web-Based Training Platform is Here!

We are extremely excited to announce the debut of our new Web-based Training (WBT) platform, LearningZen! The transition to a newer, user-friendly platform will make your online training even more seamless and enjoyable.

Assessing Hazardous Material Processes

January 1, 2014 was the deadline to file permit applications required by the Hazardous Material Process or Processing Regulation, 527 CMR 33.00.  In order to determine if your facility is required to file a Category 2 or above permit application with the local fire department, assessments of the hazardous processes occurring at your facility should have been conducted and documented. 

Safety Tip Tuesdays – OSHA Recordkeeping

Make sure that your facility is in compliance with OSHA recordkeeping rules.  Are your incidents and accidents recorded? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s recordkeeping rules (Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness, 29 CFR 1904) require employers to record and report work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses.

The Physics of Safety?

Is the following true? The risk of a safety incident occurring, Rs, is inversely proportional to the proximity to physical safety, Pps, multiplied by the proximity to cognitive safety, Pcs.

Safety Tip Tuesdays – Year End Program Review

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.  Is your EHS program as robust as you would like it to be? Something as basic as annual revisions to safety manuals is a task that is often overlooked.

Safety Tip Tuesdays – Building Code

The quantity of hazardous materials (flammable, toxic, corrosive, etc.) allowed to be stored on-site is dictated by the International Building Code (IBB) and amendments stipulated in the MA Building Code.