On May 8, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule for 25 chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN), including several biobased chemical substances. The rulemaking under Section 5, known as a significant new use rule or SNUR, requires persons who intend to manufacture (including import) or process any of these 25 chemical substances for an activity that is designated in the SNUR as a significant new use to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing that activity. The required notification provides EPA with the opportunity to evaluate the intended use and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit that activity before it occurs. The rule will be effective July 7, 2015.
Safety vs. Environment Protection: Study Discovers Increasing Salt Levels in Lakes
A recent study published by the US-American National Academy of Sciences revealed an increasing salt amount in form of chloride in rural and urban freshwater lakes around the American continent. The scientists believe, that mainly road salt distributed on icy roadways is to blame. Increasing salt levels threaten eco systems Road de-icing salt is blamed for rising salt levels in freshwater lakes. This was uncovered by a study of the National Academy of Sciences carried out for the last one and a half year. In...
How Tire Shredding Protects Wildlife
One of the most revolutionary inventions in the history of mankind was the wheel, and the best upgrade to that invention was the rubber tire, which overcame the limitations of wooden or metal wheels and made it possible to have smooth rides at fast speeds. However, there is a significant drawback to using rubber tires: eventually, they get too worn out to be useful as tires anymore and have to be replaced. Every year, billions of tires are manufactured and billions of other tires reach the end of their lives on...
Hazardous Location LEDs in Chemical Manufacturing Facilities
Employees inside chemical manufacturing plants are exposed to some of the most unforgiving work conditions in the industrial sector. This is because in such environments, workers are exposed to extreme temperatures, dust, volatile chemicals and invisible, explosive gases. Common protection methods against explosive risks include containment, segregation and prevention. Out of all the options, explosive containment is the only method that allows an explosion to take place, in a confined and safe manner through...
Occupational Airborne Hazards and the Importance of Proper Respiratory Protection
Each year, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. It is comprised and compiled from thousands of workplace inspections conducted by federal OSHA staff from across the country. Most years, one of the top 10 cited violations involves respiratory protection. According to OSHA, an estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughou...
Carcinogens are Cancer Causing Chemicals
What’s at Stake? A carcinogen is any substance that can cause cancer. They are chronic toxins that cause damage after repeated or long-term exposure. For some people, the workplace can be a source of exposure to some carcinogens, such as asbestos, benzene, or formaldehyde. What’s the Danger? Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor. It is among the 20 most widely used chemicals in the United States. It is used mainly as a starting material in making other chemicals, including...