chemical risk management Articles

  • Leveraging Chemical Data to Manage Risk

    Even if chemicals aren’t central to your business, their hazards are likely pervasive across your supply chain. In fact, chemicals are one of the primary drivers of environmental, health and safety risk in virtually every organization. Both EPA and OSHA provide regulatory guidance based on the types and quantities of chemicals present at your facility. The Department of Transportation and ...

  • Management and risk assessment of a chemical spill: engineering facility

    Project: Management and Risk Assessment of a Cleaning Effluent Spill  Client: Confidential Services: Spill response, environmental sampling, risk assessment, regulator liaison Summary: Proportionate risk assessment and pollution management to safeguard local surface waters and satisfy regulator requirements ...


    By ESI Consulting

  • Management of chemical exposure: the limitations of a risk-based approach

    Risk assessment and risk-based management approaches are becoming incorporated into a wide range of disciplines as frameworks for use in critical decision-making pathways. During its rapid expansion, many of the assumptions, subjective judgements and irreducible uncertainties inherent within the risk paradigm are becoming increasingly overlooked. This paper provides a critical review of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • REACHing for Better Risk Management: Europe`s new chemical regulatory regime

    This article is for all of those wondering whether or not you need to react to the impacts of European Union’s REACH chemical legislation (hint: absolutely!). While some wonder how stiff the fines might be for non-compliance with the new rules, they miss the point: their markets and their very businesses are at risk! Understanding and getting familiar is a good first step for you. 1. What is ...

  • Best Practices for Chemical Management

    Introduction The costs of managing chemicals are far more than just the product price, but the life-cycle management of chemicals can be optimized to cut these peripheral costs. By adopting best practices, the chemical management process is more integrated into the business process, becoming a strategic advantage to the organization, raising efficiency on a number of fronts, decreasing legal ...


    By Chemical Safety Software

  • Case study - Chemical risk assessments for a large client

    Challenge: The client had tried unsuccessfully to train risk assessors how to do chemical assessments. The main issue was the fact the each assessment was taking a long time to complete on paper and tracking of actions was proving impossible. The results from the risk assessment were not in a form that allowed easy interpretation of the level of risk present. Another more fundamental ...


    By EHA Soft Solutions

  • Industrial risk management and international agreements

    This paper presents a review of the management of industrial safety on the basis of international agreements and institutions. It is written from the viewpoint of the national or international regulator. Focus is given to major hazard risks related to the chemical process industry. Firstly, the key technical elements of the process to assess and manage industrial risks are described together with ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A risk management framework for the regulation of nanomaterials

    Nanotechnology promises a plethora of benefits to society. Early research has established that some types of nanomaterials may be highly toxic to living systems, while others are seemingly inert. Nanotoxicology is a new field that has become the focus for risk assessment and management of nanomaterials. To address the potential risks either current chemical and particulate material regulations ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Risk-based asset integrity management

    Within the area of management of process plant integrity, there has been a significant shift toward the adoption of risk-focused methods such as reliability centered maintenance (RCM) and risk based inspection (RBI), rather than following traditional preventative maintenance methods and prescriptive inspection intervals. There are various reasons for this trend, but the primary benefit that asset ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Ranking ecological risks of multiple chemical stressors on amphibians

    Populations of amphibians have been declining worldwide since the late 1960s. Despite global concern, no studies have quantitatively assessed the major causes of this decline. In the present study, species sensitivity distributions (SSDs) were developed to analyze the sensitivity of anurans for ammonium, nitrate, heavy metals (cadmium, copper), pesticides (18 compounds), and acidification (pH) ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Data and literature gathering in chemical cancer risk assessment

    In recent years, chemical cancer risk assessment has faced major challenges: the demand for cancer risk assessment has grown considerably with strict legislation regarding chemical safety, whereas cancer hazard identification has turned increasingly complex due to the rapid development and high publication rate in biomedical sciences. Thus, much of the scientific evidence required for hazard ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • EPA takes unprecedented action on `Risk List` chemicals

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Dec. 30, 2009, issued a breathtaking series of action plans on 'Risk List' chemicals that will shape future legislative proposals which industry will need to participate in and monitor. EPA has never announced so many actions under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), nor has it ever so widely cited use of Section 6. That they were issued in ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Chemical Engineering Magazine Article: Chemical Lifecycle Management

    Chemicals in production and laboratory environments alike have three distinct lifecycle phases: the first is procurement and inventory storage; the second is use in a manufacturing process or research program; and the third is post-use, including onsite handling, removal and beneficial reuse, recycle or disposal. A number of considerations including regulations, safety, material utilization ...


    By Clean Harbors

  • Comparative assessment of managed aquifer recharge versus constructed wetlands in managing chemical and microbial risks during wastewater reuse: a review

    Constructed wetlands (CWs) and managed aquifer recharge (MAR) represent commonly used natural treatment systems for reclamation and reuse of wastewater. However, each of these technologies have some limitations with respect to removal of different contaminants. Combining these two technologies into a hybrid CW-MAR system will lead to synergy in terms of both water quality and costs. This ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Chemical management the North American way

    With so much attention focused on the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations, US domestic manufacturers may be less aware than they should be of regulatory efforts in North America. In August 2007, the United States, Canada, and Mexico entered into a regional agreement for assessing and managing potential chemical risks. The new ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Risk Management of Nanomaterials: Environmental and Consumer Protection under Existing EC Legislation on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biocides

    Abstract: There are many promises, but also potential risks, concerning the evolving nano-industry. For maintaining a high level of protection for the environment and consumer in this area of industry a thorough evaluation of the traditional approaches to risk assessment and management is needed. To this end, this article analyses the substance-oriented approach of the REACH Regulation as the ...


  • Implications of global climate change for the assessment and management of human health risks of chemicals in the natural environment

    Global climate change (GCC) is likely to alter the degree of human exposure to pollutants and the response of human populations to these exposures, meaning that risks of pollutants could change in the future. The present study, therefore, explores how GCC might affect the different steps in the pathway from a chemical source in the environment through to impacts on human health and evaluates ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • White Paper on chemicals and Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants: perspectives for environmental risk management

    The ever-growing attention to the environmental risk assessment of chemical substances has had considerable repercussions in the recent agreements reached within the European Union and on the international stage. In the conclusions on the European Commission's White Paper Strategy for a Future Chemicals Policy, the Council of the European Union recently referred to the need to include persistent, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • On the role of ex post uncertainty assessment for risk management

    A risk management decision whether a chemical compound present in the environment is potentially hazardous to human health will be among others based on large-scaled statistical analyses of empirical data of various sources. Observations from highly exposed and well-documented occupational cohorts are usually a matter of particular interest. Due to scientific progress, various new aspects will ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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