workplace hazardous materials information system Articles

  • Hazard material information management and regulatory compliance

    Prior to the 1970s, legislative acts addressing hazardous chemicals were few in number and specific to a handful of topics. The Refuse Act of 1899 was often ignored and rarely enforced, and the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 was exclusive to radioactive material. When it came to workplace and community safety involving the handling, storage, disposal, and transportation of hazardous materials, ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • Know your Enemies - workplace hazards

    What’s at Stake If you and your buddies were facing a dangerous, deceptive enemy, you’d want to find out all you could about it and share any information you come up with. The fact is you do have such a treacherous enemy - the workplace hazard. What’s the Danger An unnoticed hazard can take your life in an instant, or cause you a lifetime of ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Asbestos Awareness: Preventing a Hazardous Workplace

    Many on-the-job hazards are obvious... leaking machinery... dangerous chemicals... slippery floors. However, other hazards aren't so obvious. There may be no visible signals that they are present at all. That's why Asbestos is often known as 'the silent killer.' While you often can't see, taste or smell it..., prolonged periods of exposure to Asbestos can cause lung disease, cancer... even death. ...


  • Toxic and Hazardous Materials in Electronics

    Untitled Document Introduction In October 2000 Environment Canada released a report called Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications (Telecom) ...

  • Recent Federal Developments

    TSCA/FIFRA EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of extension of the comment period for the draft guidance  ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Improve your approach to hazardous materials

    Today most large organizations that must deal with hazardous materials follow a time-honored process for identifying critical compliance needs and spend the money necessary to make it work. However, committing this level of resources can be tough for smaller companies. The challenge is to effectively manage their entire chemical inventory to stay in compliance and avoid the dangers, fines and ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • 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

  • Putting infection control into practice in the workplace

    Healthcare workers are, like patients, subject to illness from a variety of airborne pathogens common to hospital settings. This risk increases during construction and renovation, as these endeavors release dust as well as disease-inducing microbes into the surrounding environment. Since more than one in five workplace illnesses in private industry occur in a hospital setting , hospitals ...

  • 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 ...


  • Simplifying Safety, MC Technologies new approach to hazardous materials management

    From small offices to manufacturing facilities with hundreds of workers, every workplace must track how it uses and stores hazardous chemicals to protect its employees and the environment. Manufacturers of the materials create material safety data sheets, or MSDS, detailing the dangers, make-up and other pertinent information associated with a hazardous material found in a cleaner, solvent or ...

  • My Business is working with hazardous materials: What Do I need to know about WHMIS?

    Almost all Canadian jurisdictions have  updated from WHMIS 1988 to WHMIS 2015 and incorporated elements of the Globally Harmonized System, or GHS. WHMIS requirements place the responsibility on employers to ensure the health and safety of workers who may be exposed to WHMIS controlled products.  Employers must ensure that workers are educated about the hazards of controlled products ...


    By SafetySmart

  • An ambient indoor air environment is vital to ensure a safe and healthy workplace

    Indoor air quality (IAQ) relates to a number of environmental factors inside a building that can impinge on the health, comfort, or work performance of the building’s occupants. Monitoring IAQ is vital because it is estimated that the average person spends 90% of their time breathing “indoor air”. Poor IAQ is a contributing factor to both short and long-term health issues, these ...


    By PPM Technology

  • 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 Verisk 3E

  • Canada Publishes Hazardous Products Regulation

    On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada published in Gazette II (Vol. 149, no. 3) the final regulation for adopting the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The final Hazardous Product Regulation (HPR) appears to be nearly identical to the proposed regulation published in Gazette I in August of 2014 (Vol. 148, no. 32) and is ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Aligning chemicals labeling with global rules involves major efforts

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began the Herculean task of aligning the U.S."s Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS) with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in September 2009. GHS provides harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards, and specifies hazard ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • 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 ...

  • Barriers to GHS around the world

    As an additional section of Enhesa’s GHS tracking service, Enhesa has added information related to barriers to chemical shipments presented by countries that have not yet implemented the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Information spans the globe with data for Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Canada, India, Israel, and many more. Until now, ...

  • Managing compliance: Taking the heat out of fire code classification

    How are you managing the hazardous materials you use, store and produce in your facility? Do you have an accurate, up-to-date inventory of the hazardous materials and chemicals within your organization? And are all of those materials properly classified? More specifically, are these materials classified for fire code? Fire code classification long has been considered one of the more complex and ...


    By Verisk 3E

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