• The first line of protection for workers in the chemical industry is process design:  to remove the possibility of chemical exposure in the tasks that must be done. Where hazardous chemicals cannot be substituted for, or completely contained in every circumstance of normal operation, then personal protection clothing may be required.  Suppliers of personal protection […]

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  • The potential cost of safety violations is much greater than the cost of safety programs and prevention. Compensation claims for head injuries are particularly costly. Where engineering and other solutions are not totally effective, personal protection equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense against injury. Head and face protection is critical. Hazards and potential […]

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  • Companies in the chemical industry and other large organizations do safety drills to train people to respond to local emergencies. It’s more difficult to carry out a crisis drill in which all levels of an organization simulate their response to events damaging core activities so that future existence is threatened. Some necessary parts of such […]

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  • State governments in the U.S. have taken the lead in some areas of environmental and consumer protection legislation. California has taken an active role in these areas, given heft by the relative size of its economy, which is comparable with that of many nations. Notably, this state-level legislation was endorsed by the Consumer Speciality Products […]

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  • The United Steel Workers (USW) has initiated a safety program, Triangle of Protection  (TOP), meant to work actively with USW contract employers to promote workplace health and safety.  The USW feels its workers have knowledge and observation skills to offer outside of former adversarial processes which may have put workers and union representatives in a […]

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  • The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in the implementation of its Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulations, seeks to evaluate chemicals for their permeability through skin.  ECHA also has a goal to reduce testing of chemicals using animals, or in vitro research.  The alternative is to use computer modeling to predict skin permeability.  […]

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  •   Historic floods in the area of Houston, Texas caused by heavy rains accompanying Hurricane Harvey resulted in high water at a chemical plant operated by Arkema near Crosby, Texas.  As a result of the flooding at the Arkema site, power was lost, so that organic peroxides requiring cold temperatures for stability (-18 C) began […]

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  •   https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/initiatives/resource-center/index.html Offers resources for employers concerned with promoting employee health. Health promotion may benefit employees in a general way as well as addressing issues that effect the workplace such as sleep patterns and fatigue. The WHRC is intended to help shape health programs for employers, with emphasis on small employers who are less likely […]

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  •   The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group has done a study of worker injuries and deaths that occurred as a result of machinery movement that created an unintended hazard. The movements followed an action involving either an accidental activation of a control switch or lever, or a deliberate activation which resulted in a movement that […]

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  • The current GHS Purple book, a reference released in July of 2017 by the UN Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) includes changes for some types of hazardous materials.   Definitions for some human health risks are updated The criteria for some flammable materials are refined Precautions for disposal/recovery/recycling of explosive […]

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