The UNH Chemical Safety Committee has voted to adopt the UNH Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) presented at the last Committee meeting. The CHP replaces the UNH Laboratory Safety Plan (LSP). Thanks to Andy Glode for coordinating the review of the LSP, and Dana Buckley for introducing Around the Clock Compliance, who assisted with revamping the LSP. The new CHP can be found here.
Hazardous and toxic chemicals have been featured in news reports lately. In one case, a veteran chemistry teacher experienced an explosion during a demonstration in the laboratory. Another case, which was the result of a prank, sent several students to the hospital from exposure to an unknown chemical.
UNH has a policy against unknown chemicals in laboratories, and will work with principal...
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) has recently updated its campus hazard communication program to be in line with the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Program. The Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to provide information regarding chemicals in the workplace. Information can be found in the form of container...
Atlanta, GA – All employers should make their workplaces tobacco-free and offer tobacco-cessation programs, NIOSH states in a bulletin released April 2.
In Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury Through Workplace Tobacco Policies, NIOSH recommends that workplaces, at a minimum, should be smoke-free in all indoor areas, areas immediately outside the building entrances and air intakes...
Washington – OSHA has extended to Oct. 9 the comment period on its request for effective and efficient approaches to address hazardous chemical exposures in the workplace.
Last year, OSHA issued a Request for Information on chemical management and permissible exposure limits. The original deadline for comment was April 8.
Many OSHA PELs are decades out of date and are no longer considered...