EH&S News

OSHA Sets New Silica Standards

Posted by actio on Mar 29, 2016 9:18:02 AM

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final rule which outlines steps employers will need to take to limit workers’ exposure to silica. OSHA’s new silica standards, which focus on reducing cases of silicosis, lung cancer, kidney disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, are expected to save an estimated 600 lives annually.

OSHA’s Silica rule is composed of two standards. The first standard outlines requirements for general industry and maritime, and the second standard covers the construction industry.

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The Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

Posted by Chris Carragher on Jan 15, 2016 1:57:10 PM

Developed by the United Nations, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is designed to standardize the process of defining and classifying the hazards of chemical products while providing a universal system for communicating health and safety information via GHS labels and safety data sheets (SDSs).

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Topics: GHS, GHS Compliant Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), GHS Requirements, GHS Transition, GHS Labels

The GHS Transition: 6 Steps to Success

Posted by Chris Carragher on Oct 21, 2015 10:20:54 PM

By now, you’re probably aware that OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) has been revised to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). And while adoption of this United Nation’s initiative might be a good step towards implementing a universal standard for communicating hazardous chemical information, many companies now face daunting questions about how to make the ghs transition.

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Topics: GHS Transition

The 6 Required Elements Found on a GHS Label

Posted by Chris Carragher on Oct 15, 2015 1:15:29 PM

While the initial December 1, 2013 training deadline for the revised Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) has come and gone, companies are still responsible for providing employees with on-going safety data sheets and GHS label training.

 With this in mind, we thought it would be helpful to provide a recap of the six elements that are now required on a GHS label.

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Topics: GHS Requirements, GHS Transition, GHS Labels

OSHA Releases its Top 10 List of Safety Violations for 2015

Posted by Chris Carragher on Sep 30, 2015 8:05:35 PM

In keeping with its long-standing tradition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released its preliminary* Top 10 list of the most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2015.

Presented by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, the list was announced at the National Safety Council’s Congress and Expo in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, October 29, 2015.

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New "Extended" Safety Data Sheet under the REACH Regulation

Posted by actio on Jul 30, 2015 1:41:49 AM

Many companies use safety data sheet software for updating, searching, and viewing SDSs. What surprises people is that under REACH regulation in Europe, companies must produce something called an extended-Safety-Data-Sheet, or e-SDS. REACH regulation is the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemicals — Europe's famous regulatory behemoth for managing hazardous substances in the marketplace.

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Topics: reach-regulation, Risk & Compliance, GHS, europe

15 New Chemicals for REACH Authorization List

Posted by actio on Jul 8, 2015 9:16:40 AM

Earlier today,  the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), announced 15 new substances of concern that have been recommended for addition to the REACH Candidate List for Authorization.

If your company is wondering how best to manage chemicals in your supply chain and facilities for optimal REACH, RoHS or WEEE compliance, try visiting this page and taking advantage of complimentary, downloadable resources:
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PFCs: Pease and Queues

Posted by actio on Jun 30, 2015 12:00:28 PM

In May of 2014, city officials shut down a well that serves Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire after tests found contaminants in the water. The contaminants in this case are specific perfluorinated chemicals or PFCs: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in particular.

The Pease Tradeport is a world class business and aviation industrial park.

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Topics: Risk & Compliance, Misc. news, Misc. science, chemicals, North America / Central America, europe

The Pope Says: End Climate Change

Posted by actio on Jun 18, 2015 11:35:58 AM

Wired magazine calls it a mind-blower. And it is. Earlier today, Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church and the Vatican, called on world leaders and everyday people to come together to recognize climate change as a responsibility and an opportunity to do better.

"Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others," he said.

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Topics: Misc. news, Misc. science, Asia, North America / Central America, South America, africa, europe

The Safety Dance: How I Did It

Posted by actio on Jun 9, 2015 5:48:17 AM

How did you start in the Environmental, Health and Safety field?

Actio bloggers are always interested in topics like this because we work with safety concerns and solutions every day. Awhile back we asked EHS folks in a dedicated LinkedIn EHS group how they started their career. We received many unexpected answers from an interesting group! Here are ten responses that may inspire you.

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Topics: Risk & Compliance, Misc. news, Safety

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