OSHA Revises Chemical Label Standards
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by Jesse Campbell
3w ago
Imagine living in a world without labels. Even small tasks, like taking the correct medication dosage or cooking your favorite prepackaged meals while deciding which foodstuffs to chuck in the trash while playing the guessing game with expiration dates would be a nightmare for the average consumer. And what about canned goods? Remember the seething frustration of finding a shiny metallic can without a label in the cupboard? Do you bring out the rusty can-opener to open up Pandora’s Box of the lone can without a label? Its contents could be peaches, or it might be a slimy cream of spi ..read more
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What is NFPA 30 Section 9.5?
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by Jesse Campbell
1M ago
NFPA 30 Section 9.5 concerns compliant flammable storage protection. While browsing for chemical storage options, you’ve undoubtedly encountered NFPA 30 references. The National Fire Protection Association is an international non-profit think tank tasked with developing universal standards and practices for safely handling and storing hazardous materials. Although NFPA regulations are not enforceable, OSHA commonly uses NFPA 30 standards to adopt its robust body of workplace safety standards. Failure to abide by OSHA regulations or not following NFPA 30 standards can result in safety violation ..read more
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OSHA Flammable Storage Requirements
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by Jesse Campbell
1M ago
Do you know that flammable chemicals, particularly liquids, cause more than 8,000 industrial fires annually? While negligence or some procedural oversight is almost always to blame, most afflicted facilities also failed to invest in guaranteed storage protection. Usually, employees were storing dangerous flammable liquids in ill-advised areas near other combustible materials. Investing in compliant chemical storage protection eliminates exposure to hostile working environments that fuel fires’ voracious wrath. Understanding the complexities of OSHA flammable storage requirements mitigates the ..read more
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Storing Larger Volumes of Hazardous Materials
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by Jesse Campbell
1M ago
Storing larger volumes of hazardous materials is a logistical challenge for many manufacturers. Where will you fit chemical drums and IBC totes? How will you safely store dangerous chemicals without interrupting facility operations? Timely assessment of these questions ensures workplace compliance and employees’ safety. While considering inventory needs for raw materials and building supplies, special accommodations should be made for precursor chemicals. Flammable and combustible chemicals should never be stored with workplace equipment and supplies. Although OSHA doesn’t specify safety requi ..read more
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What Is NFPA 30 Compliant Storage?
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by Jesse Campbell
1M ago
National Fire Protection 30 is the industry standard for the handling and storing of flammable and combustible liquids. While this standard is not enforceable under the NFPA, OSHA references and cites NFPA 30 in establishing its hazardous materials regulations. Manufacturers should reference NFPA 30 when handling and storing dangerous chemicals in conjunction with OSHA regulations. NFPA 30 includes a system of classifying and categorizing flammable liquids based on their physical properties and propensities to cause harm and environmental contamination. What Are Flammable Liquids? Although al ..read more
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What Are IBC Totes? How Do They Meet My Chemical Storage Needs?
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by Jesse Campbell
1M ago
Caged intermediate bulk containers are among the most popular hazardous material storage methods. While steel drums remain common, IBC totes are more versatile, easier to handle, and less susceptible to structural degradation. Furthermore, plastic totes allow for easy transport and long-term storage of dangerous chemicals in facilities. Thanks to a built-in steel cage racking, they are also reusable, affordable, and can be safely stacked. Rigid in design and application, IBC totes are made of high-density plastics for maximum durability. Although most manufacturers rely on IBC totes for n ..read more
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What are Hazardous Materials? How Do I Know if I Need a Chemical Storage Locker?
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by Jesse Campbell
1M ago
Let’s talk about hazardous materials. What are they? Do you need compliant protection to store these dangerous chemicals? While the term “hazardous materials” sounds esoterically scientific, they are far more ubiquitous than you could ever imagine. For mass classification purposes, you should think of hazardous materials as any workplace chemical that can cause bodily harm or environmental contamination if not properly stored. While the term “hazardous” lends you to believe a hands off approach is necessary when encountering dangerous chemicals, this should be tempered with measured reassuranc ..read more
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Nitric Acid Storage
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by Jesse Campbell
2M ago
Certain chemicals with sinister-sounding names command more attention to detail than benign compounds. Terms such as acid, ethanol, ammonia, formaldehyde and mercury rightfully elicit a hyper-vigilant response from their handlers. While chemical classifications can be misleading and fail to capture the complexity of molecular compounds, the industry’s more dangerous chemicals have reserved a place in national headlines for their propensity for destruction. Even seemingly inert chemical compounds like water can create volatile reactions if mixed with incompatible acids. Unfortunately, synthetic ..read more
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Industrial Tornado Shelter for Every Threat and Season
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by Jesse Campbell
2M ago
In December 2021, an EF-3 tornado ripped through an Amazon warehouse in Illinois, killing six employees. To the chagrin of community members, the international online retailer didn’t have a storm shelter onsite for the 1.1 million square foot building and said it has no plans to build one in the future. Why won’t they build a shelter? Because they don’t have to. Surprisingly, state and federal regulations don’t require storm shelters or safe rooms. Unfortunately, many businesses deem tornado protection to be a cost-prohibitive luxury not covered by standard operating expenses. While corporatio ..read more
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Keeping Workers Safe From Dangerous Chemicals
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by Jesse Campbell
3M ago
Cavalier attitudes on the jobsite invariably lead to disaster. While it’s true that an efficient team is only as strong as its weakest player, that weak link can throw a kink into your chain of workflow operations. And who will be left to answer to OSHA safety inspectors in the wake of all this carnage? Every year, thousands of companies nationwide face millions of dollars in civil penalties and lawsuits for inadequately protecting workers. Failure to abide by commonsense and federal safety regulations jeopardizes your entire workforce. Ultimately, no one is above the law of humans or the laws ..read more
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