The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) posted on its website on October 14, 2010, its draft final rule concerning the creation of a publicly available, searchable database on the safety of consumer products and other substances subject to CPSC regulation. The database is intended to provide a single point of access to reports of harm involving consumer products, manufacturer’s comments on the reports, and recall information. This article discusses this important new database, and briefly considers its implications.
Fire Codes: A Foundation of Safety for a Rapidly Changing World
Chief among these safety features is fire protection. There are myriad codes and regulations relating to fire safety in commercial buildings, from standards on portable fire extinguishers to the installation of stationary pumps for fire protection — the U.S.- based National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) alone has more than 300 consensus codes that have been adopted in wholeor in part in countries throughout the world. As rapid urbanization around the globe continues to spur construction of high-rise...
Product stewardship – recycling’s little helper
Like many veteran recycling professionals, I have faced serious challenges in making the wish of recycling all materials come true. Although paper, cardboard, cans and bottles have ready markets and collection infrastructure; computers, mattresses and other items did not. They were the problem items that went into dumpsters because costs and lack of mechanism gave them little chance of recycling. Happily, I can share with you the magic of product stewardship and how it’s changing the world of recycling for...
Get Schooled in Water Safety and Microbial Monitoring with LuminUltra Academy
It’s not often you come across a company so committed to educating its customers and partners that it develops an entire suite of training courses, but that’s exactly what led to the creation ofLuminUltra Academy. Access to this new, web-based training and certification center is available to anyone with an interest in learning more about how to monitor and manage the risks posed by microorganisms in water systems. LuminUltra Academy was developed by the team at LuminUltra, a firm dedicated to...
Heres a Safety Message for Truck Drivers & Fleets: Be Proactive!
Staying safe is one of the top challenges that companies in dangerous industries must address. All companies work to have safety policies in place, rules drivers should live by, processes to live by, toll free numbers; the list goes on and on. Yet despite this “safety first” mentality, many companies are still struggling with safety. Why? All of their strategies are passive in nature. We teach our drivers to be safe, exercise caution, and stay accountable and compliant. However, each process in...
Employee Health and Safety Involvement - Communicating with your Workforce
Part of a recognised management system such as HSG65 or ISO 18001 is the requirement that companies strive for ‘continual improvement’. On the face of it this seems like an unquestionable positive, but its pursuit is not without pitfalls. These are intended to be productive exercises aimed at improving systems and safety. Unfortunately some companies tend to forgo the bigger picture and feel it means that they should embrace new safety features as and when they become available, expecting workers to...