right-to-know Articles

  • 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 ...

  • Do you know the two most important words required to understand oil spill booming?

    Much has been written (incorrectly) about how to deploy boom in order to protect, deflect or contain oil. We have long promoted using math and science when deploying spill countermeasures not only because it works, but because it’s faster, safer, more effective and it saves time, money and impact. What we’ll focus on in this article is the where of ...


    By Elastec

  • The Hazard Communication Rule: Their Right to Know; Your Duty to Inform

    Untitled Document More than 32 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to chemical hazards on the job. If you find that ...


  • One by one, states are giving consumers the right to know about chemicals in products

    From Vermont to Washington, an increasing number of states are requiring companies to report their use of chemicals of concern When evidence started to mount a few years ago around the adverse health effects of bisphenol A, an endocrine-disrupting chemical that’s used in many plastics, the marketplace took note. Companies found themselves under pressure to stop using BPA ...


    By Ensia

  • Sewage pollution in New York, USA: impact of the ‘Right to Know’ Act

    In 2012, New York, USA enacted the Sewage Pollution Right to Know (SPRtK) Act, which requires public notification of untreated and partially treated sewage discharges. With the passing of this law, New York joined 12 other states that have similar laws but none as comprehensive as New York's. As part of the SPRtK Act requirements, aggregated sewage discharge reports (SDRs) are made available ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The Myth of Heat Illnesses

    If you have not already had a safety talk in your workplace about heat stress and related illnesses, you probably will have one in the coming weeks.  Summer is around the corner and temperatures are warming up.  You will probably hear something about becoming acclimated to the heat slowly, and drinking plenty of water. But if that’s all that you have been told about warm outdoor ...

  • Rotary valve maintenance: preventing operating problems

    Preventing operating problems by maintaining your rotary airlock valve Even though a rotary airlock valve is a relatively simple device, you have to maintain it properly to ensure it performs dependably. Proper maintenance will provide twin long-term dividends: better valve performance and smooth conveying system operation. First, know your valve inside and out. Maintenance ...


    By Wm. W. Meyer & Sons, Inc.

  • Atomic Layer Etching – Changing the Art of the Possible

    The society of vacuum coaters (SVC) deserves to be better known. It was founded in 1957 during a surge in the use of vacuum coating techniques such as sputtering and evaporation. The techniques go back a very long way: that man Edison filed a patent for coating phonograph cylinders in 1892 (It will never catch on). Did you know that the shiny surface inside your crisp packet is a vacuum ...


    By Oxford Instruments plc

  • Four Years Since Rana Plaza: Retailers urged to increase supply chain transparency

    Today marks the four-year anniversary of a tragic incident in which 1,134 workers were killed, and thousands more injured, when an eight-story garment factory came crashing down in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital. ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • How Seismic Use Group Classification affects your Water Storage Tank

    When purchasing a bolted steel tank or a welded steel water storage tank, one of the key criteria determining the design parameters of the tank is the Seismic Use Group (SUG) classification. The term Seismic Use Group is essentially the same as the terms Occupancy Category and Risk Category used by the International Building Code (IBC) and the ...


    By Superior Tank Co., Inc.

  • Why You Should Keep Your Air Pollution Control Technology Up To Date

    Did you know that the first crewed spacecraft to leave Earth's orbit, reach Earth's moon, orbit it, and return safely to Earth (Apollo 8) was launched into space using the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC), which had a real time operating system which enabled the astronauts to enter simple commands to control the spacecraft? The AGC was ...

  • Oil Recycling - Case Study

    The problem: Waste oil recycling contributes very much to climate protection through (CO2) energy saving. Compared to the production of base oil the re-refining of waste oil uses 34 % less resources. In the sixties the German government was subsidising the re-refining of waste oil. Because of that the use of waste oil as a fuel was neglected. The used oil re-refining is the ...


    By Dirk European Holdings LTD

  • Keeping APCr out of Landfill

    The CIWM have recently featured an article by our very own Dr David Deegan in the latest edition of their magazine. The article explains why Tetronics International were unhappy to be informed recently that Defra ministers had taken the decision not to remove the ...

  • Revolutionary advances in safer tube and pipe machinery can be a direct result of the evolutionary nature of product development.

    It’s remarkable how fast changes occur in devices we utilize in our everyday lives. Living in an era of seemingly boundless innovation, new products are introduced and then continuously refined by driving forces such as competition, regulation, improved technology, liability, labor, material costs, and consumer demand. Amazingly, many life-defining inventions can progress from a creative ...


    By Tri Tool Inc.

  • Smell and odor nuisance, what is that?

    As Aerox we offer our clients sustainable solutions for the reduction of industrial odor emissions. In the conversations we have with our contacts we often receive questions about how this exactly works, what smell actually is, why something stinks and why we actually are in this market. Hence it is interesting to consider what odor and odor nuisance actually are. In this article we have ...


    By Aerox B.V.

  • Invention of the Tire Shredder

    The process of vulcanizing rubber was discovered by Charles Goodyear (yes, you read that right) in 1839, and the development of rubber tires followed not long after (Source: Continental Truck). From there, it didn’t take long for worn-out tires to start piling up, and finding good ways to ...


    By ECO Green Equipment

  • Tire Shredding: Alternatives to Landfills

    For many reasons, whole tires pose a major problem to landfills. The most obvious is the inefficient use of space. The actual rubber of a tire takes up only a small fraction of the space a tire occupies, and the rest of the space is wasted. A less obvious but far more serious problem is that tires may trap methane gasses when buried with other garbage in landfills. When this happens, the tires ...


    By ECO Green Equipment

  • The Right Chart for the Right Time

    One of the biggest challenges for all professionals, including those in EHSQ, is determining the best way to leverage data to support your decisions and ideas. Data is the driving force behind most business decisions today, and it’s imperative that we all be able to use it to strengthen rather than confuse our positions. Data visualizations are a great way to turn confusing data into ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Water Rights

    The term "water rights" refers to the right (formal or informal entitlement) of a user to use water from a water source, e.g., a river, stream, pond or source of groundwater. In areas with plentiful water and few users, such systems are generally not complicated or contentious. In other areas, especially arid areas where irrigation is practiced, such systems are often the source of conflict, both ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • On the right track

    High-speed train manufacturer, CAF, rely on world-class beamforming technology to reduce the noise generated by their trains – helping to make high-speed trains a more viable option for travellers and operators alike. Because of its relatively low levels of CO2 emissions, train travel is considered one of the ...

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