msds workplace Articles

  • Ergonomics in the Workplace

    Work-related musculosketal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most frequently reported cases of lost or restricted work time and can be significantly reduced by properly fitting a job to a person, also known as the study of ergonomics. Ergonomics involves evaluating the physical aspects of an environment (e.g. workstations) as well as the way in which people work to help prevent MSDs. MSDs, ...


    By EHS Insight

  • New approaches in MSDS management

    From its inception to present day, the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) has evolved, mostly for convenience, into a document that provides data in greater detail than the standard requires. The creation and maintenance of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) was mandated by OSHA via the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) on Nov. 23, 1983, and amended on Sept. 23, 1987, to include all employers ...


    By 3E Company

  • Integrating MSDS with chemical inventory management

    In June 2011, Lab Manager Magazine, along with ChemSW Inc. and 3E Company, hosted a “Product Showcase” webinar on “How to Seamlessly Integrate MSDSs with Chemical Inventory Management.” An expert from each company gave a brief presentation on inventory and data management challenges and best practices for implementing an integrated Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) system. ...


    By 3E Company

  • Managing compliance: How to transition to GHS in the workplace in five easy steps

    Many countries around the world have adopted the GHS, and the United States is scheduled to finalize its rule by January 2012, which will make global hazcom compliance much easier for U.S. companies. On Oct. 25, 2011, OSHA sent the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its final rule to adopt the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) as ...


    By 3E Company

  • MSDS Plus CHEMINFO passes probation test

    Saskatoon, SK.: Try it…you’ll like it. That was the case for Correctional Service Canada (CSC) when they requested a free trial period of the workplace chemical companions MSDS Plus CHEMINFO from CCOHS. Their verdict was immediate and ...

  • MSDS evolution: from document to data to globalization

    OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was first adopted in 1983 for the manufacturing sector. In 1987, the agency expanded the scope of coverage to include all industries where employees are potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals. The catalyst for HCS was the powerful Right-to-Know (RTK) movement that gained momentum in the late 1970s, first at the state level, as it forged ahead to ...


    By 3E Company

  • More than penalty avoidance - the role of the MSDS throughout the supply chain

    Environmental health and safety (EH&S) compliance programs are typically geared toward delivering continuous improvement in performance and/or reducing risk. Companies that want to deliver sustainable ongoing improvements in compliance associated with handling chemicals are best advised to take a full-lifecycle approach to understanding and managing chemical product compliance across the ...


    By 3E Company

  • Tenet Health`s Western Medical Center Calls for 3E`s MSDS Compliance Program-- Stat!

    Background Western Medical Center of Santa Ana, Calif., distinguishes itself as a leader in redefining health care delivery. As a member of the Tenet Health System, a national provider of health care services, WMC is recognized for providing an “environment of care” that is innovative to patients. WMC has served Orange County residents since 1902 and now, more than a ...


    By 3E Company

  • Intelligent Authoring for MSDS and other Compliance Documents: A Global Strategic Solution to a Global Strategic Issue

    In the coatings industry, as in all consumer-oriented businesses, the demand is driven by a mosaic of cultures, traditions, taste, disposable income, environmental concerns, climate, etc. Customers have to choose among hundreds of products and they want to know everything about this blue decorating, construction or industrial paint they are about to buy. Nowadays, people do not only buy a ...


  • Does It Diminish the EH&S Role in JCAHO`S Environment of Care Standards

    EH&S employees are constantly being tugged in multiple directions. Inspections, training, fire drills, disaster drills, workplace complaints, meetings, emails, phone calls, new MSDS's, hazardous waste shipments and the accompanied documentation to maintain compliance with OSHA, EPA, fire regulations, and JCAHO accreditation ...


    By 3E Company

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders – At work and away

    Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) make up a significant number of work related ill health cases in the United Kingdom. MSD according to the HSE covers any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper/lower limbs or the back. In the latest 2014/15 figures from the HSE, 53% of cases (383,000 cases) that started more than 12 months ago can be attributed to MSD. A 2014 survey ...


    By SHEilds Ltd

  • 3E Helps Amarillo’s Osage Water Treatment Plant Wrangle its MSDSs

    Background Located in the center of the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo offers all the conveniences of big city living in a friendly and small town atmosphere. The city’s 180,000 residents rely on the Osage Water Treatment Plant to provide them with clean, potable water. The plant operates on a 24 hour a day schedule, and has a treatment capacity of seventy million gallons of ...


    By 3E Company

  • Electronic System Cuts Paper And Costs Of Managing Hazardous Materials

    The typical hospital uses thousands of potentially dangerous lab chemicals, cleaning products, and gases--including oxygen--each of which comes with several sheets of government-mandated paper on safety regulations. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, industry-accreditation organizations, and fire departments all have rules about how those chemicals are tracked and managed. ...


    By Actio Corporation

  • Making MSDSs Universally Understandable - With the right system, the HazCom Standard that was designed to protect our workers may finally succeed in doing so.

    Untitled Document With an estimated 650,000 hazardous chemicals in the workplace, tens of thousands of chemical manufacturers creating material safety data sheets, and a vague OSHA standard ...


    By Actio Corporation

  • Health facilities management - excerpt from order from chaos

    MSDS management systems help facilities stay on top of need-to-know info Total chaos. That's how John Collins, assistant operations manager for environmental services at Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghampton, N.Y., described his facility's prior management system for material safety data sheets (MSDSs). "It was just total chaos. The purchasing department was trying to maintain a copy of ...

  • Occupational health and safety - right to know Vs right to understand

    On the heels of yet another federal investigation attributing chemical-related deaths and injuries to defective hazard communications systems in the workplace, few would question that a public health crisis is afoot. More than 30 million American workers are exposed each day to hazardous chemicals at the workplace, with upwards of a halfmillion chemicals being stored and used in today's ...

  • Healthy office, happy employees: manage risks today for a better tomorrow

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were almost 400,000 musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) reported in 2011. This accounted for 33% of all worker injury and illness cases that year. MSDs are ergonomic-related injuries and disorders that affect muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs. Most common are tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and back ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Taking the Guesswork Out of Compliance: Software Management Tools Ease the Burden of Hazardous Chemical Regulations

    While government regulations regarding hazardous chemicals are necessary, they can be burdensome. But, software management packages are available to help ease the pain. And, users say they also prove to be time and money savers. The regulations Occupational Safety & Health Administration's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) regulations and the Environmental Protection Agency's SARA ...

  • Deaths & injuries attributable to HazCom: will a federal prescription save lives?

    This past spring, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment, Safety and Training convened an historic hearing that could have profound implications for the future of hazard communications (HazCom) in the workplace. A standing-room-only assembly of industry representatives, professional lobbyists and others packed a hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building to wit- ness this first step ...

  • Global harmonization — A catalyst for safety

    The majority of employers in the United States would not argue the point that the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) has cost their company an incredible amount of time, money, and grief since its inception. Though it is a great concept, I question whether the HCS, even after more than 20 years in existence, has produced more than a few positive results in the eyes of most employers and ...

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