• The History of GHS Classification

    As the world is currently focused on the World Cup and its host country, Brazil, it's interesting to note that Brazil was also the site of the creation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). More than 20 years later, implementation of GHS, an internationally recognized system for the classification and labeling, continues. In 1992, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Rio Summit, more than 172 world governments and thousands of representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) agreed to create a standard for hazard communication in order to eliminate confusion.

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  • Ergonomics and the Workplace

    According to the most recent numbers compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), musculoskeletal disorders account for 34 percent of all back paininjury and illness cases in the workplace. Ergonomics-related conditions are a leading cause of lost workdays among all employees. Ergonomics Defined Ergonomics is the study of employees and their work environment. When there is a poor fit between employees and their work environment, the result can be a high number of injuries — referred to as musculoskeletal disorders. Conversely, a good fit.. Read More
  • Recent Quarry Fire – Could New GHS Labeling Have Prevented It?

    On January 30, 2014 a quarry in Branford, CT, near the Seton headquarters, experienced a fire that caused the evacuation of several hundred people in a one-mile area surrounding the quarry. Local fire officials claimed that employees of the quarry had accidentally started the fire by burning cardboard in which explosives had once been stored. The fire was expected to smolder for several days due to other combustible materials located at the site. Such incidents emphasize the need for employers to ensure containers that contain hazardous materials are properly labeled and that the information about the hazards are conveyed to employees so that they know how to properly handle, store and dispose of such materials. Under .. Read More
  • Seton’s New Catalog for New Challenges in 2014

    A few weeks have passed since the first day Seton Catalogof January. After the festivities of welcoming a new year comes the business of getting down to-well, business. 2014 offers another chance for establishments and industries across the United States to promote safety and proper facility management. This, of course, brings new challenges for both employers and employees to meet. With this in mind, Seton is offering several new product lines, all of which are featured in this year’s catalog. Filling out an .. Read More
  • Reflective Tape Regulations: What You Need To Know

    It’s safe to say that very few people give much thought about a roll of reflective tape. The truth is, reflective tapes are one of those unsung safetyUse this marking tape on your trailers or tractors. "heroes", those materials that quietly help create a safer environment for almost everyone. Reflective material – and consequently .. Read More
  • Safety Vests: High Visibility for Highlighting Safety

      Work Safety VestsSafety vests are the safety gear necessary to keep personnel visible to other people especially when working along roads. Federal agencies, such as the American National Standards Institute/International Safety .. Read More
  • The Basics of Non-Permit Required and Permit Required Confined Spaces

    A confined work space is one of the more challenging areas to work in. If you’ve ever had to change a leaking pipe underneath your kitchen sink, you’d have some idea as to how difficult it is working in an area that’s both enclosed and with limited options for entry and exit. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its part defines a confined space as a work area with the following criteria: 
  • First Aid Information and Education – It Saves Lives

    First Aid Wall Chart

    Know what to do in case of emergencies with first aid training.

    It is an understatement to say first aid knowledge can save lives. A wide range of first aid procedures can be applied to an equally wide range of medical emergency situations. As such, .. Read More
  • December 1 – The First GHS Deadline: A Recap

    For those of you who have been keeping up with the latest compliance news (as well as our blog), you already know that December 1 was the first ghs-flammable-productsdeadline for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) push to integrate the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard or HazCom with the UN’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals or .. Read More
  • The Proper Contents of a First Aid Kit

    First aid is defined as “emergency treatment administered to an injured or sick person before professional medical care is available.” With proper training, anyone can administer first aid. Along with the training, the most important piece of equipment necessary for proper first aid is, of course, a well stocked first aid kit. There are a number of first aid kits available in the market, all of them containin.. Read More