If you work closely with mercury, it is essential that you have a mercury spill kit on hand in the event of a spill. But having a kit on hand is only half the battle. You must know how to implement the contents of the kit to ensure the spill doesn’t become dangerous to your work environment.
Below is a step-by-step list of instructions on how to use a mercury spill kit. While different manufacturers make different types of kits, the steps below can be applied universally to most mercury spill kits.
1. The first step with any spill is to assess the spill and properly identify the material that has been spilled. You want to assess the toxicity, flammability or any other hazardous properties of the material. You also want to note the size and location of the spill, so you can proceed accordingly.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing draft guidelines that will help the federal government buy greener and safer products. In addition, EPA is seeking public input on these draft guidelines and a potential approach to assessing non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in the marketplace.
The draft guidelines were a joint effort from EPA and the General Services Administration (GSA) after several listening sessions with stakeholders about how the federal government can be more sustainable in its purchasing, as well as meet the Federal requirements for the procurement of sustainable and environmentally-friendly products and services.
According to EPA, these draft guidelines address key characteristics of environmental standards and ecolabels, and were developed to be flexible enough to be applied to standards and ecolabels in a broad range of product categories.
Spill 911 has also worked to help federal government customers and the rest of the general public on purchasing greener and more environmentally-friendly products by adding more of these types of products to its database. Spill 911 features Justrite Manufacturing’s entire line of EcoPolyBlend products, which are made out of recycled polyethylene. There are also “eco-friendly” and “green” products available in the Absorbents and Spill Kits sections of the Spill 911 website.
To access these products or any others, please visit Spill 911’s website at www.spill911.com. We also have 2 GSA contracts available that you can access at www.gsaadvantage.gov. For more information on this news release, you can consult the EPA website at www.epa.gov.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced this week that it is requesting information on public commentary in regard to potential revisions to its Process Safety Management standard and related standards, in addition to other policy options to prevent major chemical incidents.
This request is in response to executive order 13650, which intends to improve chemical facility safety and security. This order was issued in the wake of the April 2013 West, Texas ammonium nitrate explosion that killed 15 people.
OSHA is also seeking public input on potential updates to its Explosives and Blasting Agents, Flammable Liquids and Spray Finishing standards. In addition, OSHA seeks information and data on specific rulemaking and policy options, and the workplace hazards that they address. Once OSHA collects all of this information, it will determine what actions, if any, it needs to take.
After the publication of the RFI (Request For Information) in the Federal Register, the public will have 90 days to submit written comments. Comments can be submitted at www.regulations.gov, which is the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments may also be submitted via mail or facsimile.
For more information on this story, you can consult the OSHA website at www.osha.gov.
If you’re in need of personal protective equipment to assist in the cleanup of a chemical, you don’t have to look any further than Spill 911. Our line of Emergency Response Suits & Respirators will assist with any cleanup effort, no matter how powerful the chemical.
Our website features the more popular brands of emergency response suits, such as Tyvek (for dry particulate hazards), Tychem SL and Tychem QC (for toxic and hazardous chemicals) and Level A and Level B suits (for the highest levels of protection against chemicals).
But that isn’t all when it comes to the different types of emergency response suits Spill 911 can offer. We have access to the full product line of Dupont’s emergency response suits through our supplier, Daniel Safety Products.
Late last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched two new online resources to assist companies with keeping their workers safe when dealing with hazardous chemicals.
According to OSHA, each year tens of thousands of workers are made sick or die from occupational exposures to thousands of hazardous chemicals that are used in workplaces everyday. With such a large number of chemicals that are suspected of being harmful, OSHA realized it’s exposure standards were out-of-date and inadequately protective for the small number of chemicals that are regulated in the workplace.
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