TRI reporting: New chemicals on the list

It’s almost July 1, which means Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports are on the top of EHS professionals “to-do” list. In a recent article for, Tim Fagan gave an overview of EPA’s changes to the list of chemicals and chemical categories subject to inclusion in TRI reports. o-Nitrotoluene (CAS# 88-72-2).  Facilities are required to include o-Nitrotoluene in […]

Toxic gas kills four at Texas chemical manufacturing plant

OSHA has cited a Texas chemical manufacturer for 11 safety violations after a toxic gas release killed four workers. According to OSHA, the fatal incident occurred as one worker was overwhelmed by methyl mercaptan gas that was unexpectedly released when she opened a drain on a vent line. Two co-workers who attempted to rescue her […]

12 common chemicals found in nail salons

We found this great graphic on the DOL’s blog that outlines five steps to prevent chemical exposures and protect nail salon worker health. 12 common chemicals found in nail salons According to OSHA, there are more than 375,000 U.S. nail technicians and they face possible health hazards every day. OSHA lists the following 12 potentially hazardous chemicals, the types of products they can […]

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TRI reporting reminder + webinar

It’s that time of year again. Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports need to be filed by July 1. Failure to comply may result in EPA audits and hefty fines. Who has to report? Facilities in different industry sectors, facilities in Indian country, and federal facilities must annually report how much of each toxic chemical they […]

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HazCom checkup: GHS deadlines approaching

In May 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the hazard communication standard (HazCom 2012) to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The revisions have a 4-year phase-in period, with full compliance required beginning June 1, 2016. The changes include new criteria for classifying chemical hazards, […]

The 9 Hazard Communication Standard pictograms

In 2012, OSHA revised its hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) standards for classifying and communicating chemical hazard information. The changes include new required pictograms for chemical labels. Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and […]

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EPA proposes reporting requirement for nanomaterials

The EPA is proposing to use its authority under Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require persons who manufacture, import, or process, or intend to manufacture or process nanoscale materials to report information about those materials to the Agency. What’s reportable? Reportable information would include: specific chemical identity; production volume; methods of manufacture […]

EPA issues risk assessment for high-volume solvent

The EPA has issued a final risk assessment for n-methylpyrrolidone, also referred to as NMP. NMP is a solvent that is produced or imported into the United States in large quantities—184.7 million pounds in 2012. The solvent has a variety of “TSCA uses,” according to the EPA, including: petrochemical processing, engineering plastics, coatings, agricultural chemicals, and electronic cleaning and […]

21 states have HAP lists: Is your state one of them?

Toxic air pollutants, also known as HAPs, are those pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer, other serious health effects, or adverse environmental effects. nike free trainers 7.0 The EPA has implemented many programs and regulations to limit the amount of HAPs from being released into the environment. These programs include, but are […]

SDS June 1 deadline: Do you understand the new format?

Under the recently adopted (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) GHS, safety data sheets (SDSs) must change to a new format by June 1, 2015. Here’s an overview to help you understand the approaching deadline. New SDS format By June 1, 2015, chemical manufacturers, importers, or other employers preparing an SDS must […]