Who Is a Hazmat Employee and What Do They Need to Know?

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Who is a Hazmat Employee?With all of the safety and environmental training that needs to be done and all of the plans that EHS managers need to maintain and update, it can be easy to overlook Department of Transportation (DOT) training requirements – especially when most of the staff isn’t actually working on a loading dock shipping products. But, facilities that offer hazardous materials for shipment need to be aware of DOT training requirements for anyone onsite that is involved with the shipment of hazardous materials and ensure that employees are properly trained.
 
If employees at your facility perform any of the following functions, the DOT considers them to be “hazmat employees:” [49 CFR 171.1]
 
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The Waste Minimization Forum

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New Pig has recently launched an online discussion focused on sustainability, The Waste Minimization Forum. The goal of the forum is to connect plants and facilities of every kind that have similar sustainable successes, needs and goals.
 
The concept of waste minimization is applicable to any facility or organization, but there is no “one-size fits all” approach that can help everyone.
 
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Wipers, Rags and Shop Towels – Considerations From Cradle to Grave

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New Pig WipersLately, everyone from the safety and environmental managers to accountants has been taking a closer look at wipers, rags and shop towels. While it is clear that these products serve many necessary functions throughout a facility, things get a little murky when it comes to determining the best option.
 
Saving a few dollars or even a few hundred dollars on the initial cost of a product upfront may seem impressive, but when unexpected fees crop up, parts get damaged, a worker gets injured, or the liability of improper disposal rears its head, those savings will be quickly spent.
 
Considering the pros and cons of three common wiping options can help determine which choice may be best for the facility – both from a financial and a liability standpoint.
 
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Stand Down for Fall Prevention

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Stand down for fall protectionBefore the next employee climbs a ladder or the next scaffold is erected, stand down.
 
To help raise awareness of the need to prevent fall hazards in construction, OSHA is encouraging businesses to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Fall Hazards in Construction, June 2–6, 2014.
 
Violations of OSHA’s fall protection standard have been the leading cause of citations for the past three years, and have been on OSHA’s Top 10 list for the past decade. Falls from elevations are the leading cause of construction fatalities, accounting for 269 worker deaths last year.
 
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Celebrate National Safety Month

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National Safety MonthWhat do you call it when an employee is hurt — or worse, killed — at work? An accident? Injury? Emergency? Occurrence? Incident? Does it depend upon whether or not the employee is taken to the hospital or if there is lost work time involved?
 
If you put a group of safety professionals together in a room, each may have a different answer, and they could discuss the differences between the definitions of each of these words for hours. However, one thing they would all very likely and very quickly agree upon is that most workplace injuries (or whatever you choose to call them) are avoidable.
 
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