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.
Bad housekeeping can bring unthinkable consequences
What’s at Stake Some people can’t stand a mess, while others leave an evidence trail of poor housekeeping everywhere they go. But in the workplace, bad housekeeping can have consequences that go far beyond creating an image of a sloppily run, unprofessional operation.What’s the DangerPoor housekeeping causes a wide range of injuries and fatalities, ranging from painful slips, trips and falls, to workers being unable to evacuate burning buildings because of blocked fire exits, to dust explosions...
Pedestrian safety in the workplace
What’s at Stake? We are constantly reminding our children about pedestrian safety. We tell them to cross only at designated crosswalks and to look both ways before crossing the street, but often timesto forget these safety basics in the workplace. Workplace traffic can be every bit as dangerous as that found on the city streets. In a collision between a 2000-pound industrial vehicle and a 200-pound person, the pedestrian is very likely to come out the loser. What’s the Danger? Poor visibility...
Technical and safety practices
Safety is absolutely paramount in the medical industry, with lives literally at stake if something were o go wrong. Regrettably, this was more than reinforced recently following the tragic news of a death of a newborn at a hospital in Sydney, Australia, after it was mistakenly administered nitrous oxide (N2O) instead of oxygen (O2) in July this year. A tragic occurrence of similar circumstance was literally the reason behind UK-based Bedfont Scientific’s establishment in 1976, with Chairman Trevor Smith...
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...