What OSHA and EPA trends do you need to pay attention to in 2014 Environmental, health and safety professionals in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries need to pay attention to the following trends and potential OSHA and EPA regulatory changes in 2014: 1. Injury and Illnesses Reporting On November 8th, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published its Proposed Rule on Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and

Ten Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Trends for 2012 In this white paper, Dean Calhoun, CIH, President and CEO of Affygility Solutions discusses 10 environmental, health and safety trends in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industry for 2012.  These trends include: The Global Harmonization System (GHS) in the United States will become a reality. Criminal enforcement of occupational, health and safety regulations will be on the rise. The International

If your employees wear air-purifying respirators, make sure that you follow one of the approved OSHA fit-testing protocols.  Check out 29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix A.  In this appendix, the general requirements indicate that employees shall wear the respirator for at least 5 minutes prior to fit-testing, and each step of the eight-step protocol is for 1 minute.  This means that the minimum amount of time that it will take to

Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released their 2011 semi-annual regulatory agenda.  Among one of the regulatory agenda items was the timeline for completion of the Final Rule for the implementation of the Global Harmonization System of Classification and Labeling into the Hazard Communication Standard.  According to the agency’s timeline, the Final Rule will be issued sometime in August, 2011.  One question that I have is, “After

FAA seeks $689,800 fine against FedEx for alleged hazardous materials / dangerous goods shipping violations Federal officials are seeking a $689,800 fine against Federal Express Corp., saying the company violated rules on shipping hazardous materials. FedEx said the incidents in 2009 did not pose a safety threat. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that on 89 flights, FedEx failed to give pilots complete and accurate information about their cargo. [blackbirdpie url=”!/Affygility/statuses/91297328346050560″] The FAA also

CAS Numbers – What are they? The CAS registry is a vast collection of chemical substance information which contains more than 60 million organic and inorganic substances. The CAS number or CAS Registry Number is: 1. A unique numeric identification 2. Identifies only one substance 3. Is a link to a large amount of information on a substance. A CAS number is a unique chemical identfier that may contain up to 10

Hazardous materials – Increasing Employee and Community Awareness Ever since the 1984 Bhopal, India disaster, in which over 2,000 people died due to the accidental release of methyl isocyanate, Congress has imposed numerous reporting  requirements at the federal and state levels through the Community Right -to- Know Act.  This Act serves to increase the public’s knowledge of the hazardous materials being stored or used in facilities throughout their community.   This Act

Lab Standard and Hazard Communication Standard – What’s their Purpose? The purpose of both the Laboratory Standard (or Lab Standard) and the Hazard Commumication Standard is to communicate to employees the hazards of the chemicals they are using, and the control measures to prevent exposure to those chemicals.  The Lab Standard is very similar to the Hazard Communication Standard but there are several key differences to note. Lab Standard and

Information graphics or infographics are graphical representations of information, data, or knowledge.  These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly.  Below is an infographic on noise and hearing loss. I thought it would be useful sharing with other environmental, health and safety professionals. Pharmaceutical companies that need to comply with OSHA’s hearing conservation standard should have a compliance management software system in place to manage complex regulatory requirements contained in

Management Commitment and Involvement – How to obtain it and sustain it for your EHS Program. In this episode of the Biopharma EHS Podcast, Dean M. Calhoun, CIH discusses Management Commitment and Involvement – How to obtain it and sustain it for your environmental, health and safety program. Review last time. Main topic: “Management Commitment – how to obtain and sustain it.” Upcoming events and happenings of importance to environmental,

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