• 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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  • Why Choose Environment-Friendly Spill Control Products

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    Use Earth-friendly absorbent pillows to clean up tight spaces and cramped corners.

    Americans produced almost 251 million tons of garbage in 2012, according to the latest data of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s 8 million tons more than the trash yielded in 2000, which was about 243 million tons. With the increase in solid waste production, every business in America, including yo.. Read More
  • Spill Control Equipment: Two Important Considerations

    Most industrial facilities use some form of liquid in their processes. Whether these be cutting fluid, oil and other petroleum products, coolants or plain water, one thing is for certain: if your facility uses these, a spill can and will occur. As a workplace hazard, spills can be considered one of the more complex types to deal with. Spills can cause slips and falls which, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) account for 15% of all .. Read More
  • The Hidden Hazard: Slips, Trips, and Falls

    Slips, trips and fallsSlips, trips, and falls don’t seem like a big issue. Someone trips, scrapes a knee or falls on their behind and it’s nothing to worry about, right? Well, unfortunately that is not the case. These accidents are actually responsible for 8.9 million visits to the hospital or doctor’s office annually.  It also causes 15% of all accidental deaths and 25% of reported claims in a fiscal year. These statistics say a lot about how real this danger is, and why risk management officers take it very seriously. Inter.. Read More
  • Choosing the Right Spill Kit

    Choosing the right sorbent is essential to proper spill clean up.

    Spills are inevitable at almost any job site, but how important is your company’s spill response procedure? Well, it’s actually incredibly important, especially if you work with hazardous chemicals and greasy substances. Controlling and preventing the spread of spills could mean life or death. Hazardous chemicals could potentially release pollutants into the atmosphere and affect the surrounding land. It’s imperative to clean up spills near or in water.. Read More
  • Camo: It’s Not Just For Hunting

    So the hunters out there know that when you go out, getting ready for the big kill, its a no brainer that you suit up head-to-toe in your camo outfit. Why? So you blend in of course. The sneak attack you need to achieve when hunting,  is  easier  when you blend in with the surrounding environment, most likely the woods. Also, if you move around a lot, the camo-scheme helps minimize your movements, making them less noticeable to your prey. Did you know, that the camouflage color scheme has also transcended into spill operations?  Spill sorbents, like pads and rolls, offer a camouflage-style covering so that the top layer of the sorbent hi.. Read More
  • Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk!

    So when you think of milk you tend to think of a delicious satisfying cool-down drink that nicely compliments a very rich piece of cake or a handful of cookies right? Yeah me too. But not the EPA. Yes, I said the EPA. I know your wondering how do milk and EPA fall into the same sentence? I'll tell you how. While this oil spill in the gulf is not horrific enough, it appears that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) under the Clean Water Act, apparently intends to classify milk as a hazard to the waters of the United States and add tremendous compliance costs and regulatory burdens. To some, okay many, especially farmers, this goes way beyond the focus of the Clean Water Act. Since when did the spillage of milk cause thousands of fish to die, much like the oil in the gulf is right now.. Read More
  • Want to Help with the BP Oil Spill? Okay – Get a Haircut!

    Think you misread, no you didn't. A hair salon in New Jersey is stepping up and helping out anyway they can by collecting and recycling hair clippings from their customers. Don't think its true? It is, read more here. The website that this salon owner found online, Matter of Trust, is an ecological organization that collects shampooed hair and nylons for oil absorption. All hair is able to be donated, including human, pet and even alpaca and llama fleece furs. Plus, you don't have to be a business owner or farmer .. Read More
  • Why Buy the Whole Spill Kit When Refills Are Cheaper?

    Spill kits can be costly, but are very important. Not only do many facilities require them to be accessible by law, but they can prove to be very handy. Ever wonder why a kit is so expensive? Its because you are  buying the container and the spill sorbents.  Containers for spill kits can range from the inexpensive such as a nylon bag or a plastic bucket, to the more expensive containers such as overpacks or salvage drums. One way to reduce your costs is to make a one-time purchase of the kit and then, going forward just simply buy the sorbent refills. If you have a spill that requires the use of 5 pads and a couple socks, buy pads an.. Read More
  • Personal Safety During Spill Response Cleanup

    When cleaning up a spill, many are concerned with the potential hazards they are preventing to the environment, but what about the hazards to personnel? Keeping yourself safe when responding to a spill is crucial to the spill clean up process and employee health and safety. Of course the hazards that one might face during the spill cleanup process, vary greatly depending on what job is being performed. Slips, trips and falls are possible due to slick conditions, heat related injuries can occur depending on the environment and even drowning based on location, as those currently cleaning up in the Gulf may be likely to face.  Workers involved in spill clean up operations are covered by OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response standard (.. Read More