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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. 

“The Buck Stops Here!” – The CEO as the Ultimate Safety Officer

A few years ago, I had the good fortune of joining a super team of scientists at a for-profit chemistry lab. The team invented new organic and inorganic molecules for a wide array of industrial and consumer applications. I was very excited to be joining this team of smart, dedicated individuals as their new CEO.

Safety Tip Tuesdays – WIP Review

Wastestream information profiles (WIPs) establish the composition and hazards associated with the hazardous chemical waste streams generated at your facility.  It is very easy to establish your waste streams and never conduct an evaluation of their continued accuracy; however the importance of sporadic re-evaluations cannot be understated.

Holiday Safety Tip – If You Must Fry a Turkey, Don’t Be a Turkey!

With Thanksgiving Day upon us, we know many folks have started their own tradition of deep-frying a turkey. It all sounds yummy and kind of fun but teeters on the raggedy edge between deliciousness and danger. We reviewed several safety articles and newscasts about deep-frying turkeys.

Safety Tip Tuesdays – Laser Safety

Admit it.  Lasers are cool.   From Star Wars light sabers to laser shows at your favorite rock concert they have a way of capturing our attention.  In addition to being so cool, lasers serve many useful purposes in the lab.  They are often found integrated into research equipment such as FACS machines, or open on the research floor as part of medical and diagnostic device designs.