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Remember to Audit Your Controlled Substance Program

In MA, there are two regulatory agencies that enforce controlled substances, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Drug Control Program (DCP).  Any facility licensed to store and use controlled substances for research purposes must comply with the applicable regulations and conditions of their license and registration.

Simple Decontamination or Full Decommissioning?

When vacating lab space, it is necessary to determine the level of decontamination or decommissioning necessary far in advance of the exit date. Of course there are many details involved in decontaminating a lab space, but the overall level required is the first question to be answered.

National Safety Stand-Down

Have you heard that May 4-15, 2015 marks the second annual National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction?  OSHA began this awareness campaign due to falls from elevation being the leading cause of death for construction workers.

Hazard Communication Deadline is Rapidly Approaching

The June 15, 2015 effective date for chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers to be in compliance with the 2012 Hazard Communication Standard is rapidly approaching. There are only two exceptions stipulated in 29 CFR 1910.1200(j)(2)(i) and (ii).

What the BBP Standard Covers, Put Simply

In discussions, I sometimes come across people that are confused about what OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, actually covers. Put very simply, the BBP standard applies to occupational exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious material as defined in the standard.

Tips for Integrating EHS Into Daily Work

The annual “national day for the environment”, Earth Day, is happening tomorrow, April 22, 2015. I think everyone knows and agrees that environmental awareness should be a part of daily life. Following are some tips for integrating your EHS program into the daily life of employees at your facility.

Remember the Importance of a Comprehensive Post-Exposure Policy

Does your biosafety program include a detailed post-exposure policy that clearly specifies the steps to follow in the event of an exposure incident? The last thing you want to be doing following an incident involving an exposure to potentially infectious material, or material known to be infectious, is figuring out the comprehensive steps to take.

Establish an Oxygen Monitor Alarm Policy

If there are oxygen monitors present in your facility, do you have an established policy on what the proper response to an alarm sounding should be? The normal concentration of oxygen in the air is approximately 20.9%.

Air Gun Safety

Are there employees using air guns for cleaning purposes at your facility? If so, are you aware of the OSHA stipulations regarding the safe use of compressed air?

Have You Checked Your Flammable Cabinet Shelves Lately?

Everyone knows flammable cabinets are used to store flammable liquids and other flammable materials. But do you know the importance of properly securing the shelving? Numerous chemical spills have resulted from flammable cabinet shelves collapsing.

Lauren Laidlaw joins Safety Partners as Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications

EHS firm Safety Partners, Inc. today announced the appointment of Lauren Laidlaw as Senior Director of Marketing and Communications. Laidlaw will head the organization’s strategic marketing efforts as the company continues to grow. Safety Partners, Inc., established the professional services field of hands-on EHS services for the life sciences industry in 1992.

Voluntary Respiratory Protection Programs

Have you ever walked through the labs and seen N95 masks sitting on a bench shelf even though you do not have an active respirator program? Make sure the use of all respiratory protection is reviewed and approved at your facility.