Posts Tagged ‘Chemicals’

Ammonium Nitrate – Handle (Store and Manage) with Care

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Improper storage and handling of ammonium nitrate has caused some of the worst chemical explosions in the past century. To address ammonium nitrate issues, guidance is available to avoid potential dangers.

Ammonium nitrate (AN) is a hazardous chemical, a regulated safety concern, and an ingredient in explosives and therefore is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). These three agencies produced a document titled, Chemical Advisory: Safe Storage, Handling, and Management of Ammonium Nitrate to assist facilities with AN and reduce the potential for explosion and fires. (more…)

We Talk About it All the Time, but Just What is a Chemical Hazard?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

A chemical of relatively low hazard can present substantial risk and, in turn, a chemical with a high hazard might present no measurable risk under certain circumstances.

There are thousands, if not millions, of chemical substances in the world’s marketplace, and in our homes, schools, churches, workplaces, public facilities and in the environment at large. Chemicals are found everywhere. Chemicals are necessary and for the most part good; they purify drinking water, increase crop production, simplify household chores, and are used to manufacture many, if not all, products and goods. However, chemicals can also be hazardous to humans and the environment when used improperly or released uncontrollably. Hazardous uncontrolled chemical releases can occur during production, storage, transportation, handling, use, or disposal. You, your workplace, and your community are at risk if a chemical is released in harmful concentrations into the environment where you live, work, and play. (more…)

Are You Ready for TSCA Reform?

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The question most often asked when addressing this topic is, “Are you ready for Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) reform?” as if it is looming on the horizon but has yet to happen. The truth, however, is that most producers, manufacturers, and importers of chemical substances are dealing with chemical management changes on a daily basis.

Last year, there seemed to be growing momentum on this topic when both the TSCA of 2010 (H.R. 5820) and the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 (S. 3209) were introduced. Both bills were immediately referred to congressional committees, where they remained for quite some time. Although one committee hearing was held on H.R. 5820, no further legislative activity was ordered, and because these bills were introduced in a previous session, no further action can occur. So are they dead? Not likely. Members often reintroduce bills that did not come up for debate under a new number in the next session. Although last year’s expedited reform came to a halt, it is safe to say TSCA reform by Congress is not behind us. However, when it will return remains a question. (more…)

What Chemicals do I need an MSDS for?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Are you like most others; do you put every Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) you receive into your MSDS binder? Does your MSDS station look like the Congressional Library? Do you ever wonder what MSDSs really need to be maintained. How about wite-out or copy toner, or cleaning chemicals, or those small containers of hand cleaner that plant employees use.

If you work in a facility that uses or stores chemicals, you should be somewhat familiar with
OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR1910.1200. It is of my opinion that the purpose, design and requirements of this standard are exceptional and certainly needed. The main objective of this standard is to ensure that all chemicals produced or imported are evaluated to identify hazards, and for the hazards to be communicated to the facilities and individuals who use the chemicals. (more…)