Last week, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) signed an alliance with the Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide safety and health information and training resources to workers, emergency responders and surrounding communities in the agricultural retail and supply industry.
This new alliance will focus on the safe storage and handling of fertilizers, such as ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia.
Hazardous materials are an essential part of life — and the transportation of those materials is a necessary part of industries such as the courier, messenger, transportation and delivery-driving fields. While transporting any kind of goods requires care, transporting these hazardous materials is especially risky and, as such, demands special attention. “Accidents happen,” says research from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, “and they are more likely to be severe when a hazardous material is involved.” Because of the unique risks associated with dangerous materials, it’s crucial that everyone handling and moving them understands the main risk factors, what goes into proper handling, the best ways to prevent spills and how to take action fast and effectively if and when a spill occurs. With that in mind, here’s a look at what you need to know, as a driver or as a manager.
Tip #1: Proper Installation of Floor Tape
To ensure floor tape lasts for years, proper installation is vital. Create a plan for where the tape will be installed and who will install it. It may be a good idea to have two or more people do the actual installation if you plan to apply long segments of tape. Keeping long sections of tape straight and applying them evenly can be challenging for one person.
Before you apply any tape, you must prepare the floor. First, remove any old tape or paint. Never place new tape on top of old markings, as these can cause your new tape to peel. Next, prepare the floor by sweeping up dust and debris. Wash the floor with a cleanser that does not have chlorine or citrus in it, as these can leave a residue on the floor. Dry the floor using fans or allow it to air dry overnight. If you let the floor air dry, do a visual inspection the next morning to make sure there are no wet spots and that no new debris has entered the area.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced earlier this week that it will review site clean ups at 20 Superfund Sites as well as four federal facilities across the New England area during 2015. This is a part of the agency’s “Five Year Reviews” initiative.
The EPA conducts these evaluations every five years on previously-completed clean up and remediation work performed at these sites. These reviews are done to determine whether or not the implemented remedies at these sites are still protective of human health and the environment.
These reviews are also used to discover any deficiencies to the cleanup work that was previously done and recommended actions to take to help rectify them going forward. These Superfund Sites are identified as areas where various threats and contaminants to the environment may exist, such as wastewater, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), lead and asbestos.
If you would like to read the entire news release from the EPA, you can access it by clicking here. This link will provide links to all the Superfund Sites and federal facilities where the reviews will be conducted, as well as contact information for the EPA project managers at each site. Any community members or local officials are encouraged to contact the EPA officials regarding any concerns or questions about the site itself or the conclusions of the previous Five Year Review.
The beginning of a new year is usually a great time to assess what products you are going to need to purchase or replace to ensure you have a productive and profitable year ahead. As the calendar turns to 2015, chances are if you look around your facility, you will find that there is something that you need. And that’s where Spill 911 could potentially help.
Spill 911 offers a number of different promotions and deals on a wide array of products throughout the year, but the one place you can always go to find the best deals year round is our “Hot Buys” section. Here you will find some of the products we carry on our website available at prices well below the normal list pricing that is offered.
Below are a list of items currently available to you as “Hot Buys”, and perhaps one of these items is something you will need going into the new year.