• 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 […]

    This entry was posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017 By admin
  • 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.  […]

    This entry was posted on Monday, September 25th, 2017 By admin
  •   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 […]

    This entry was posted on Monday, September 18th, 2017 By admin
  •   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 […]

    This entry was posted on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 By admin
  •   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 […]

    This entry was posted on Monday, August 21st, 2017 By admin
  • 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 […]

    This entry was posted on Monday, August 14th, 2017 By admin
  • Employers and workers in construction and general industry are involved by the OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER). OSHA has launched a webpage at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/hazwoper/index.html to help comply with the worker safety provisions of HAZWOPER. Employers may choose to have their own workers respond to hazardous material releases and other dangerous events, […]

    This entry was posted on Monday, July 31st, 2017 By admin
  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its preliminary Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). This data from 2016 will be reviewed and revised by October and later an analysis of the data will be released in January 2018. The TRI provides information to the public about what chemicals are used at facilities in their […]

    This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 By admin
  • Wearable devices connected to the internet can increase worker safety by tracking the position and movements of workers in potentially hazardous environments.  A person wearing a device may enter a dangerous area, or may show signs of sleepiness or movements associated with injury.  Wearable devices may show that toxic gases are present, alerting the person […]

    This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 By admin
  • The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) now requires all chemical products and mixtures on the European market to have labels that conform with its Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulation.  Products formerly sold under older labelling and classification rules must now be either withdrawn from the market or reclassified and relabelled.  Labels for chemicals for many […]

    This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 By admin