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It is time to start watching - S697

After several years of hearing that it is coming, it appears it is finally happening.  There has been a move afoot to "modernize" the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). Over time there has been a bill that has been introduced and then never acted upon.  However, this session of Congress appears to be moving this one along.

It seems that Senate Bill 697 (S697) has become the consensus leader in the pursuit of action. And, so far seems to be moving at a rapid pace.  This Bill - the "Frank R.

The Chemical Safety Board & the Chevron Refinery Incident

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) had released its final report on the Chevron Refinery Incident that occurred on August 6, 2012.  (The final report can be foundhere.)  Additionally, the CSB has issued some recommendations regarding how refineries should be regulated.  (See the CSBpress release) At issue is the process safety management (PSM) program and how it is managed.  Today the CSB sees PSM as primarily reactive rather than a proactive adapted program. 

PSM and other regulations such as the SARA Community Right to Know have been under a great deal of scrutiny of late due to incidents like this one and the one that occurred in West, TX.

OSHA Announces a New Chemical Exposure Initiative

You might have missed it given all of the various news items about Ebola and what is happening with the Center for Disease Control - but OSHA has announced a new initiative regarding the evaluation of permissible exposure limits (PELs) in the work place.  

According to the OSHA'spress release, over 95% of the current OSHA PEL's have not been updated since the initial acceptance of the PEL in 1971.  Additionally, the current list covers fewer than 500 chemicals. On October 10, a Request for Information was published in the

News from the American Chemistry Council - Risk Analysis Meeting

What you may have missed from the Society for Risk Analysis Meeting - News from the ACC.

Impact of Bay Area Accident

In 2012- a pipe rupture at the Chevron Refinery in the Bay Area resulted in a fire and release of emissions.  Chevron, a major player in the refining industry and well known for a positive safety culture, has been undergoing a great deal of scrutiny and review of the incident.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board - www.csb.gov - has released a draft report (Dec. 16, 2013) urging the overhaul of Refinery Industry Regulatory System in California and urges the adoption of the Safety Case Regime to Prevent Major Chemical Accidents.

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.

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.
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