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Toxic Release Inventory Reporting Process and Considerations

If you manufacture, process or otherwise use EPCRA Section 313 chemicals, then the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report may apply to your facility. In this article, we will cover the reporting criteria and process, exemptions, how to gather information, common pitfalls, EPA and state reporting, and penalties.

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Understanding the Unpreventable Employee Misconduct Defense in OSHA Inspections

As a business owner or employer, prioritizing workplace safety is crucial. However, despite best efforts, accidents or violations can still happen. In such instances, understanding your rights and defenses under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations becomes critical. One such defense is the Unpreventable Employee Misconduct Defense. In this article, we’ll explore what the defense entails, the criteria for application, and how you can use the defense to avoid certain citations issued by OSHA.

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Strategies and Considerations for Noise Reduction in Manufacturing

In the dynamic world of manufacturing, where productivity is paramount, noise often becomes an overlooked concern. However, in the realm of occupational safety and health, noise reduction plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the well-being of workers. In this article, we will explore various facets of noise reduction in manufacturing, ranging from understanding work-related noise exposure to implementing effective control measures.

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Managing OSHA’s Electronic Submission of Workplace Injury Data

In the ever-evolving landscape of workplace safety, OSHA’s Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Data, also known as the ITA (Injury Tracking Application), plays a crucial role. This article aims to guide businesses through the intricacies of electronically submitting OSHA logs, focusing on who must submit, what to submit, and how to navigate the OSHA ITA website.

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Elevating Safety Standards: Effective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Management

A safety professional’s primary purpose is to identify, analyze, and eliminate hazards before the risk of potential employee exposure. While many of these hazards can be controlled through means of workplace design and modification, some hazards are not as easily controlled and can remain even after thorough process improvements. For the hazards that continue to exist, the last line of defense in the safety arsenal is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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The Importance of the New EPA Storm Water Permit in Illinois

When it comes to protecting the environment and ensuring regulatory compliance, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IL EPA) plays a crucial role. As part of their efforts, the IL EPA issues storm water permits to industrial sites. These permits, authorized under the Clean Water Act, are essential for maintaining water quality and preventing pollution. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the significance of EPA storm water permits in Illinois and take a look at the new permit put into place on July 1, 2023.

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Industrial Hygiene: A Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

By implementing policies and procedures that reduce or eliminate common risks, workplace hygiene measures keep employers accountable for potential workplace hazards and maintain the safety of their employees.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines industrial hygiene as the process of recognizing, evaluating, and controlling potentially harmful hazards in or around the workplace that may impact employees by causing injury or making them ill.

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Multi-Site Organizations – Tools and Tips to Effective EHS

Managing and maintaining the environment, health and safety (EHS) program at a facility with one location can be difficult, but having multiple locations to manage makes the process even more arduous. In this article, we will cover some of the common challenges faced when managing an EHS program at a multi-site organization, along with some tools and tips to assist in creating an effective and consistent program.

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Equipment and Facility Inspections

Completing internal safety inspections is a regular occurrence for companies with good safety programs. Within these programs, there are many different types of internal equipment and facility safety inspections that are completed for several different reasons. One reason is to follow OSHA regulations and other applicable related safety standards. But above all, the purpose of conducting these safety inspections should be to prevent injuries. Understanding that goal means that the inspections themselves need to be conducted at such a frequency that allows for sufficient and timely hazard identification as well as the correction of those hazards. In most cases, OSHA (or other related safety standards) specifies or provides guidance regarding the frequency at which inspections should be completed.

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Bloodborne Pathogens: Risk Mitigation in Manufacturing

Regardless of your title, department, job description, or tenure with a company, work-related injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens are hazards that employers and employees alike must be ready for. There are certain steps you, as the employer, can take to mitigate the risk of exposure for your employees. Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms found in human blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).

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Lockout/Tagout: OSHA’s Minor Servicing Exception

OSHA’s Control of Hazardous Energy Standard (29 CFR 1910.147), commonly referred to as Lockout/Tagout, was promulgated on September 1, 1989, and became effective on January 2, 1990. It is estimated that this OSHA standard prevents an average of 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. Employees performing maintenance, service, or repair tasks on powered machinery may face serious physical harm or death if proper energy control procedures are not followed. Injuries resulting from failing to control hazardous energy on powered

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