The EPA is gaining authority to regulate chemical and petroleum facilities much more tightly. In September of 2015, the EPA requested to add new risk reduction measures to its list of initiatives. The EPA will now begin its assessments, forcing companies to change their chemical compliance policies.
With Congress considering the reconciliation of the Senate and House proposals to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation for the first time since 1976, chemical management and how it will be affected by new TSCA rules has become a hot button issue in the chemical manufacturing business. Despite President Obama’s long-anticipated Supreme Court nomination taking up much of the spotlight in Congress, legislators are optimistic that broad bipartisan support for the bill will keep it moving forward through the final approval process. A number of the proposed changes remain hotly debated throughout the industry, with the burden of proof, the safeguarding of proprietary information, and the “nomenclature” or inventory section being among the most contentious.
It’s understandable to feel stressed when thinking about being inspected by OSHA. Thankfully, OSHA has made strides to ensure employers have the necessary information to feel adequately prepared.
Ever since OSHA implemented new chemical labeling requirements in June of 2015, there has been some confusion among chemical manufacturers in the U.S. In particular, they want to know if they should use the Global Harmonized System (GHS) of classification or U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) labeling system. Although both systems are designed to alert handlers of hazardous chemicals inside any container, be it a bag, bottle, box, barrel, can, cylinder, drum, etc., they go about it in slightly different ways.
The ICCM recently held their fourth conference on their comprehensive implementation of their SAICM program. If you’ve kept up with the ICCM throughout its lifetime, you know that this conference is the fourth of five conferences ICCM expects to hold on a global approach to chemical management, with the last one scheduled for 2020. By that year, ICCM hopes to have successfully implemented basic regulations in chemical management risk reduction, knowledge dispersal, government interaction, global cooperation, and illegal chemical trafficking at both the political and economic levels.