Thoughts on what might be headed our way in 2014 from the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Beyond the election-driven rhetoric, demands of the discrete issues that routinely come before program management will drive the EPA. An added and complicating concern may be the impact on these and all issues of continued budget cuts that challenge the EPA's ability to operate as it has in the past; even the simple ability to process approvals or conduct public meetings about non-controversial matters have become more difficult.
Vacuuming Wood Dust Can be Hazardous
It’s well known that wood dust is highly combustible, but the practice of removing it with vacuum trucks can also be dangerous, because of the potential buildup of static electricity. WorkSafeBC has issued a bulletin stating that “static electricity discharges can ignite wood dust and therefore must be eliminated or adequately controlled during vacuuming.” When wood dust or other fine, dry materials are vacuumed through a hose or pipe, the friction between the dust and the hose can generate...
Can EHS & Quality Live Happily Ever After?
We do something quite unique at Intelex. We service both the safety and the quality needs of many organizations. As such I get a window into two critical, but often separate parts of an organization. I’m lucky to have had hundreds of conversations with our clients on the value and challenges of their safety and quality programs and in those discussions often hear some common themes. Conversations like this: “Hi Mrs. Safety Pro, do you know how your company currently manages your product defects and...
The Future of Safety at EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference
Here at Intelex we rely on EHS Today as an important source of industry news, as do many of our customers. It was no surprise that their conference covered some of the most cutting-edge trends in the Environmental, Health and Safety space. Intelex Health and Safety Practice Manager Eric Morris was among those discussing where safety is heading through his workshop entitled, “The Future of Safety: Moving Your Organization Through the EHSQ Maturity Curve.” Here are three key takeaways from Eric’s...
Adopting a Technology Approach for Health and Safety
Health and safety regulations and departments have long been a part of working life. Their presence isn’t always felt, but they lie beneath the surface of almost every procedure, equipment installation and working practice. Many businesses still rely on a large collection of spreadsheets and even paper records, all of which document every applicable EH&S procedure and any reported incidents. Unfortunately, this is cumbersome in a modern world whereefficiency is driven by technological advancements....
The challenge of safety and health in micro and small enterprises: what can be done?
A high-level policy seminar, ‘Micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Europe: How can we make sure they are safe, healthy and productive places to work?’, was organised by EU-OSHA in Brussels in June, with representatives from the European Parliament and the European Commission, social partners and other key actors and academic experts. Discussions focused on how to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the millions of European citizens who work in MSEs, as well as the role of MSEs in the...