Audit, Compliance and Risk Blog

Clean Drinking Water and Proposition 65

Posted by Jon Elliott on Tue, Mar 15, 2016

California is a persistent exception to states’ limited abilities to create long-lasting effects on national environmental health and safety (EH&S) programs. One example, well-known here in California but relatively invisible to EH&S professionals outside the state, is Proposition 65.

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Tags: OSHA, California Legislation, EHS, Hazcom, MSDS

Environmental Compliance: One Chemical, Many Regulations

Posted by Jon Elliott on Fri, Aug 02, 2013

If government provided a unified approach to chemical regulation, then each chemical might be subject to a single set of requirements, which ideally would be tailored to reflect chemical-specific hazards throughout its life cycle.  Instead, each chemical is subject to its own loosely connected (some would say haphazard) collection of environmental, health and safety (EH&S) requirements.  Some are federal, some are state (or provincial if you’re in Canada), and others are regional and even local.  You may need to refer to agencies at all three levels (federal, state and local) to identify your regulators and their requirements – although many organizations only deal with the agency responsible for permitting and inspecting day-to-day activities.

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Tags: Audit Standards, Environmental risks, Environmental, EHS, EPA, Hazcom, MSDS, mact

STC Webinar | Are You Ready for GHS?

Posted by Martin Bermudez on Thu, May 10, 2012

On Monday, March 26, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated a final rule officially adopting the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) as part of the Hazard Communication Standard [29 CFR 1910.1200]. Employers that make, transport, handle or otherwise use chemicals should start now to prepare for the transition to GHS.

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Tags: SDS, Health & Safety, OSHA, MSDS, Webinar

NEW: OSHA Hazcom Explained

Posted by Jon Elliott on Tue, Apr 24, 2012

OSHA’s New Hazcom Explained

Everything you think you know about

about hazardous chemicals is about to change

Since the 1980s, most employers throughout the U.S. and Canada have been required to protect workers from workplace chemical hazards, and to train workers to protect themselves.  The cornerstones of these programs have been manufacturer-supplied summaries called Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs).  Sad to say, but sometimes they’re wobbly cornerstones, because they start with hazard information developed by company scientists for agency scientists, and may or may not extend that information into practical hands-on guidance for employers and workers.  They also vary in detail, because the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides guidance for appropriate topics but no requirements that the content be practical.  While some MSDSs are fine, we’ve all grumbled about others that report clinical results of the lethal dose of constituent chemicals to half the test population (LD50), but then recommend no more than "use appropriate personal protective equipment."

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Tags: SDS, Health & Safety, OSHA, California Legislation, Training, Environmental, EHS, Hazcom, MSDS