Our favorite day of the year – July 1 – is not far away. This is the date most EHS managers like almost as much as Christmas: the end (usually) of the regulatory reporting season. But before we get a much-needed break, we need to ensure we have completed all the required reports, which includes the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) mandated by the EPA. Like the Tier II report, the TRI reporting requirements were implemented in an effort to make the public aware of hazardous chemicals present in their communities. Are you prepared to complete and file your report by the deadline?
Chemical reconciliations are like hitting refresh on your chemical inventory system. After you perform a chemical reconciliation in your lab or at your facility, the chemical inventory is accurate, precise, and more reliable for all end users.
Run Chemical Reconciliations Regularly To keep an accurate chemical inventory, it is essential to perform regular chemical reconciliations onsite. An accurate chemical inventory is a representation of a safe and compliant workspace. Completing a reconciliation will reset the chemical database system to guarantee that the chemicals listed in the inventory align with what chemicals are actually onsite. It can be difficult to maintain diligence with the chemical inventory in the day-to-day operations of a facility. Chemicals are used or discarded as waste, and it can be daunting to have to track where these chemical containers go. A quarterly chemical reconciliation can heed significant results and be manageable and efficient to perform.
The benefits of completing quarterly chemical reconciliations are evident after only two quarters, and only increase when regularly completed every quarter. Already implemented throughout many life science companies, regular chemical reconciliations can lead to significant results. One large life science company with a chemical inventory of over 20,000 chemical containers has been managed to a point so accurate that it is within a 1-10% margin of retention. That can be compared with an average margin of 40-80% retention when companies neglect reconciliations or they only happen every few years. When chemical reconciliations are infrequent, the inventory is so inaccurate that it becomes ineffective to even have a chemical inventory in place.
Contamination in labs comes from various sources, including dirty lab coats, poorly designed work areas, lack of routine cleaning, and poor cell culture management. When you discover contamination in your biological safety cabinets (BSCs), it can be difficult to eliminate without the help of specialists. Here I answer six questions about BSC certification and decontamination.
It’s easy to think of chemical inventory software as just a chunk out of your EHS budget. It is often a large piece of software that is tough to manage and only exists for running one or two reports a year. But by changing the way your lab deals with chemicals coming into and leaving the facility, as well as enabling you to stay on top of your regulatory requirements, an inventory tracking system can make a positive impact on cost management. When utilized properly and managed well, a chemical inventory could reduce your overall costs. Imagine the ways a proper solution could actually put money back into your pocket.
As many in the healthcare industry have heard, there are changes afoot for the management standards regarding waste pharmaceuticals. There are several very important modifications for healthcare facilities (for both humans and animals) that the EPA says will benefit operations, reduce regulatory burdens, and protect human health.
We all know the regulations tell us we need to keep Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for all the chemicals you have on your site. Most of us also have some record of our chemical inventory. These two datasets are crucial to keeping an organization compliant, but why are they so often separated? Read on to understand.
If your company stores hazardous chemicals onsite you will, at some point, be required to present a legitimate chemical inventory to federal, state, or local authorities. Many companies have turned to chemical inventory software to automate or simplify the process. Choosing the right chemical inventory program is an important decision. The correct software for you depends on your company’s needs and wants. Here are some tips on how to make a decision that’s right for you.
Did you know that there are about 10,000 cardiac arrests in the workplace each year in the United States? Effective CPR provided by a bystander in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest can increase the chances of survival by two to three times.