With over 43 million people in the US currently working in environments that could expose them to hazardous chemicals, it is critical to put in place systems that will protect and prevent these workers from harm.
In an effort to reduce worker confusion, simplify international trade and reduce the costs associated with Government enforcement, The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is a system for standardizing the labeling and classification of chemicals around the world. With the US currently in a 3-year transition that will see full compliance with the GHS in 2015, check out this infographic from EHS Today to learn more about this system. Click the image to see the full inforgraphic.
January is National Radon Action Month and the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General are urging all Americans to take action and protect their health by testing their homes, businesses, schools and other buildings for radon. Radon is impossible to detect by humans as you can’t see, smell or taste it but it is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America, claiming the lives of about 20,000 people annually.
Here are four things the EPA recommends you do this month to take precautions against radon:
Test Your Home – EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive. Learn more about testing your home, including how to obtain an easy-to-use test kit here.
Attend a National Radon Action Month event in your area – Look for radon events in your community. Contact your state radon program for more information about local radon activities.
Spread the word – spend time during National Radon Action Month encouraging others to learn about radon and test their homes.
Buy a radon-resistant home – If you are considering buying a new home, look for builders who use radon-resistant new construction. Read more about radon-resistant new construction, “Building Radon Out: A Step-by-Step Guide to Build Radon-Resistant Homes” or contact your state radon program for information about radon testing, mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction in your area.
Learn more about National Radon Action Month from the EPA’s website here.
For those in Canada looking for info on protecting yourself from radon, Health Canada provides plently of resources for you on their website here.
Intelex is thrilled to congratulate client Nalco Company on being included in a prestigious list of America’s 12 safest companies for 2011!
Since 2002, EHS Today has presented an annual list featuring 12 companies that have developed innovative safety solutions, boasted low injury and illness rates, and engendered a corporate culture of safety.
In addition to Nalco, which uses Intelex’s Safety Management System, the list of winners included Caterpillar Inc., ACCO Brands Corp, Honeywell and more. Drop by EHS Today for a complete list, and take a look at the article on Nalco.
The awards were handed out Monday in a ceremony that program sponsor MCR Safety calls “the Academy Awards of safety.”
EHS Today editor Sandy Smith noted that all of the winning companies had ingrained safety as a core value of their company.
While comprehensive EHS management is critical in almost any industry, businesses in the chemical sector face a unique array of challenges. Since dangerous chemicals have direct impacts on human health, carry the potential of compromising safety, and also — improperly handled and contained — can result in significant negative environmental impacts, proactive EHS management is just a part of douing business for chemical companies.
That’s why we’ve put together a unique product demonstration of Intelex’s ENS Incident Management solutions. Hosted by our resident chemical expert Cristian Quinteros, our new webinar, EHS Incident Management in the Chemical Industry, covers all the bases, from capturing near misses to streamlining reporting and analysis and maintaining regulatory compliance.
You can view this on-demand webinar as well a library of other webinar presentations by visiting our webinar page.
For any company who deals with multiple manufacturers and suppliers in the production of their product, it can become problematic at times to ensure that the most recent and up-to-date versions of documents related product specifications and manufacturing processes are being used by these 3rd parties. This was one of the critical elements that WD-40 Company wanted to address when they were assembling their Quality Management System. It is for this reason that they selected Intelex to provide them with a solution to address their document management needs.
Leveraging Intelex’s web-based platform and document control module, WD-40 Company was able to create a centralized online portal, accessible to everyone involved in their manufacturing process around the globe, where they can access the most recent design specification and process documents to build from.
To read more about how WD-40 Company utilized Intelex’s web-based software solutions, read the article featured in Quality Magazine’s recent “How To” issue here.