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Stationary Process Container Safety for Food Processing

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2 min read A stationary container system is comprised of a tank or process contained with pope work and fittings, all located in one place. Often, stationary process containers are used for varying and different food products over a period of time (sometimes seasonally determined). At one point the container may hold acidic foods or fluids (tomatoes, orange … Read more

Which Countries are Participating in GHS?

GHS-worldwide

2 min read Although the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is not a legal requirement, many countries are choosing to adopt this new standard because it simplifies the transport and storage of chemicals. Those involved in the chemical trade will no longer need to create multiple labels and information sheets to sell their products … Read more

Will Permissible Exposure Limits Change?

Hazardous Chemicals

4 min read Last month, OSHA issued a Request for Information in order to begin a national dialogue about permissible exposure limits (PELs) for hazardous chemicals in the workplace. This request asks stakeholders in industries that manufacture and use potentially hazardous chemicals to give their input about how OSHA could update PELs for known hazardous chemicals in a useful … Read more

Pipe Labels – In house vs pre-made

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3 min read Using Pipe Labels for Safety and Convenience Keeping the pipes in your facility properly labeled is important for both safety and convenience. In some cases, it will be a requirement from OSHA or other regulators, and in others it is just something that you want do to help ensure your facility is following industry best … Read more

GHS Transition Tips…in Case You’ve Been Procrastinating

4 min read The transition from OSHA’s old Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to the new standard that incorporates the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is well underway, as employers were required to train their employees on the changes to chemical labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) by December 1 of last year. OSHA wanted the end users of … Read more

Hazard Communication – 1910.1200

Hazard Communication

4 min read Improving Hazard Communication in the Workplace If you’re looking for ways to improve the overall safety of your facility, one of the best places to start is with an evaluation of your current hazard communication standards. According to OSHA, hazard communication violations are the second most commonly cited violations, as of 2012. In 2012 there … Read more

Chemical Hazards in the Workplace and How to Prepare for Them

Chemical Hazard, Chemical Exposure

5 min read Does your company have hazardous chemicals in the workplace? If so, you’re required to comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, which requires you to develop day-to-day and emergency procedures for handling hazardous chemicals and then properly train employees in those procedures. Understanding the specific types of chemical hazards and how to prepare for the type(s) … Read more

Hazardous Chemical Cleanup: Steps for Dealing with a Spill

Hazardous Chemicals, Spill, Cleanup

7 min read Despite your best efforts to avoid employee exposure to hazardous chemicals, if your company uses chemicals, it will likely experience a spill occasionally. According to OSHA estimates, 650,000 chemical products exist and 32 million workers may be exposed to chemical hazards. Because of the prevalence of chemicals in the workplace, spills happen and need to … Read more

HazCom: Simplified Program Ideas for Safety Managers

Hazardous Chemicals, HazCom

4 min read Many hazardous substances and materials enter the workplace, but some industries certainly use more hazardous materials than others. Even if your facility only uses one hazardous chemical, though, your company is still required to comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom or HCS). This standard states employees have a right to know the names of … Read more

Spill Containment and Absorbents – HazMat Cleanup In A Nutshell

4 min read If you’ve been following the news the past few days, you may have seen that BP had a bit of a mishap at one of their factories, where a process malfunctioned and dumped crude oil into Lake Michigan for about two hours. This, of course, coming not long after sanctions were lifted following their highly-publicized … Read more