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Responsible for the Next Safety Meeting or Hot Topic?

For many of us, the daily, weekly or monthly safety meeting is a fact of life.  Usually, the responsibility for leading the meeting rotates or someone is responsible to bring in a hot topic.  But as most of us know - the meetings are generally filled with repeats of the "typical" topics. You know them all - slips, trips, and falls; electrical safety (particularly near the holidays), food safety (near Thanksgiving or Fourth of July or when the office refrigerator needs cleaning), and the list goes on.

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Want more information on Wind Turbine locations?

Wind energy is one of the fastest growing areas of renewable energy.  The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has just released an assessment of the Nation's Wind Turbines.  You can find out more about this mapping and other USGS activities related to Wind Energy at the USGS website.

GHS - It is almost here- some requirements are due by Dec. 1

The OSHA Global Harmonization Standard (GHS), aka the new Hazard Communication Standard is rapidly approaching. Various training requirements are currently in effect and need to be completed by December 1, 2013.  New signage and labeling requirements are coming due.  The new terminology and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) are rolling out even as I post this blog.

The question is - is your organization ready?  If you are part of a large corporation or a chemical savvy company, odds are you have been seeing changes since about June of 2013.

Case Study - Toxic Substance Control Act

For many professions who deal with government regulations, there is an understanding that the regulations are an attempt to codify the intent of the underlying Act. We get so focused on day-to-day compliance, the underlying regulation may be forgotten or poorly understood.  Just how often does someone download or search out the Act as passed by Congress?  So, lets look at theToxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). Here are the Policy and Intent portions of the regulation:
(b)Policy
It is the policy of the United States that—

Risk versus Hazard

 
In the world of the safety and environmental professional, the words risk and hazard are used on a daily basis.  And, most of the time it may seem that the words are used interchangeably.  This maybe due to the behavioral response by people. Fundamentally, the words are different – yet how it is how people respond to the specific situations that tend to cause the confusion. 
 
Hazards are defined as a source of potential adverse effects on someone or something.  The adverse effect can result in physical damage or an adverse health effect.

Hot Topics – Chemical Inventory aka Chemical Management

 
In the world of environmental regulation, there are few things more mundane that the thought of the chemical inventory.  While the concept is fairly simple, i.e. there should be a listing of the amounts and location of the chemicals that are maintained on-site.  The reality is quite different.  Even a facility as simple as a pipeline terminal can have multiple chemicals on-site in containers ranging from small bottles of white board cleaner to the storage tanks that can be seen from the highway.

Disclaimer

While the items posted on this Blog are intended to be factually correct, the reader needs to know that the interpretations presented by the author are based on 25 years of experience.
 
Regulatory interpretations presented are based on specific facts and/or situations and may not be appropriate for your particular situation.  The author recommends that you check your local regulations and with legal counsel to verify for your particular situation or set of facts.
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