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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.

Proactively Protect Employees from Animal Allergies

Did you know that approximately 33 percent of people exposed to laboratory animals as part of their job develop symptoms of allergies?  And, about 10 percent of exposed individuals have symptoms of animal-induced asthma?

Radiation Use Area Survey Procedures

Every facility licensed to use radioactive materials is required to implement an area survey procedure to ensure that contamination is detected and decontaminated as necessary. Do you know if your authorized users are following the steps outlined in your facility’s approved procedure?

Developing EHS Policies

Developing and implementing policies for an environmental, health, and safety program needs to be a collaborative effort.  There are various driving factors when considering what types of policies to implement including regulations, best practice implementation, particularly hazardous operations or equipment, etc.

Have You Updated Your Biosafety Manual Recently?

Even if it is not required by a specific regulation, laboratories working with biological materials should have an active biosafety manual in place. Has your facility developed and implemented a biosafety manual, and has it been updated recently?

Conducting Internal Lab Audits Promotes Safety

There are many reasons to conduct internal lab safety audits, including preparing for regulatory inspections, promoting safety, and discovering what program elements could use some attention.  Has your safety committee considered implementing internal lab safety audits?

Tracking Hazardous Chemical Waste

Generators of hazardous waste are responsible for waste generated at their site from cradle to grave, meaning that the generator is responsible for waste until it is ultimately disposed of.  A manifest using EPA form 8700-22, and 8700-22A if necessary, is required every time a hazardous waste generator offers waste for transportation for off-site treatment, storage, or disposal.

Does Your Facility Train Ancillary Staff?

Individuals entering laboratory space should be informed of the hazards associated with the particular laboratories.  Lab workers are required to attend safety training, but does your facility extend the training requirement to ancillary staff?

Reviewing Incidents, Accidents, and New Misses

All work-related incidents, accidents, and near misses need to be reported according to your institutional policy, which typically involves completing an incident report within 24 hours of the occurrence. The critical next step is a review process to evaluate the event.

Is Your Semi-Annual Wastewater Discharge Sampling Scheduled?

Does your facility hold a Category 2 MWRA permit? If so, it is likely that you are required to conduct semi-annual sampling by June 30, 2014. Many cities and towns located in Eastern Massachusetts fall under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Toxic Reduction and Control (TRAC) Department for industrial wastewater discharge.