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"If your facility has safety data sheet (SDS) management issues, one recommended practice is to draft an SDS plan. Although not required by OSHA, it may be just the thing to help your facility get on track with SDS management. Here’s some information that you should include in your plan."
"A state Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to pay a $30,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank (USTs) regulations at 10 facilities operated by the Department’s Division of Highways. As part of the settlement, the Agency has also agreed to statewide improvements of its UST monitoring procedures."
"Yesterday we gave you part of a compliance checklist to help you review your policies and procedures in light of the requirements of the Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) (also known as the Laboratory Standard). Here’s the rest of the checklist."
"The laboratory environment can be a hazardous place to work. To make these workplaces safer OSHA developed the Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard (commonly referred to as the Laboratory Standard)."
"Employers must pay for most types of personal protective equipment (PPE) when used by employees exclusively in the workplace (i.e., not for personal use at home or other nonworkplace activities)."
"The EPA requires that anyone who manufactures, imports, or exports hazardous chemicals must comply with Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Act requires that anyone who wants to manufacture or import a chemical not listed on the TSCA list of chemicals must notify the EPA at least 90 days before producing or importing the new chemical substance. TSCA also imposes reporting requirements for anyone who exports hazardous chemicals subject to TSCA."
"California's worker "right-to-know" law, the Hazardous Substances Information and Training Act, is intended to inform employees about the hazardous substances in their workplaces. It is part of the federally approved Cal/OSH Act. The California law applies to all employers, in both the private and public sectors, that have hazardous substances in their workplaces. It also applies to laboratories that provide quality control analyses for manufacturing or produce hazardous chemicals for commercial purposes."
"Facilities (buildings, containers, or equipment that contain a process) that use processes that involve highly hazardous chemicals with threshold values at or above those specified in Appendix A of the Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals Standard (29 CFR 1910.119, Appendix A) or flammable liquids or gas of 10,000 pounds or more must comply with the requirements of PSM rule (29 CFR 1910.119) and implement a formal PSM Plan."
"OSHA has recently cited an Illinois bumper manufacturing plant with 6 serious safety violations for failing to protect workers from exposure to hazardous materials and provide adequate emergency response plans and training. OSHA conducted an inspection of the facility in July 2012 after the agency received a complaint alleging workers were being exposed to high levels of hydrochloric acid after a release of the acid during refilling operations. Proposed fines total $41,200."
"Anyone reviewing the federal Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule for the first time will likely pause to get a better footing at the requirements for articles. Part of the challenge relates to the restrictions regarding the shape of the article since shape is rarely a consideration in federal chemical regulations."