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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.

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.