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Upcoming Webinars

Why Is FR/AR Compliance So Difficult?


By Derek Sang, Technical Training Manager, QSSP, CSHEP, Bulwark Protective Apparel

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m. ET

There are a lot of questions about how to properly wear FR/AR clothing and the pros and cons of wearing it. In this webinar, expert Derek Sang will explain why FR/AR clothing is important and how the science behind it is leading to compliance.

Participants will learn:

  • why there is resistance to FR/AR
  • FR/AR clothing is not complicated—culture is
  • how FR/AR science is leading to compliance
  • the pros and cons of daily wear vs. task-based programs
  • best practices to improve "buy-in" to your FR/AR program

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Past Recordings

Town Hall: Get the Answers to Your Top FR/CP Questions


By Mark Saner, FR Technical Manager, Bulwark

Ever wonder which is the better choice for your team: a reusable or disposable lab coat? Or how to test the repellency of your lab coat? Find out the answers to these questions and more during Bulwark's FR/CP Town Hall Webinar, presented by Mark Saner. Mark brings over 35 years of experience to the table. Tune in as he answers many of the questions you’ve submitted for this special webinar.

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Challenges to Consider When Pursuing Laboratory Inventory Management


By Anne Sefried, Dassault Systemes

Most laboratories today must operate within a dynamic environment of government regulations at the federal, state, and local levels. This complexity can create substantial risk, as geographically dispersed teams may have to track and adhere to separate standards. When those regulations concern chemicals, it is vital that the organization deploy efficient processes and systems that enable laboratory and environmental, health and safety (EHS) personnel to easily comply with regulations and ensure safe, accurate inventory management. Centralizing this process in a common software environment provides the foundation to scale consistent and efficient practices across the organization—especially as more organizations move to the cloud. Making these “best practices” more accessible minimizes risk to employees. By making lab EHS operations less of a bottleneck, you improve your ability to bring new products to market quickly while also simplifying reporting for internal and regulatory purposes.

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When Logic Takes Over: A Smart Chemical Approval
Sphera

By Abhishek Roy, Product Manager, Sphera

The United States is the second largest producer of chemicals in the world, and more than 96 percent of all manufactured goods are directly impacted by chemistry. Knowing our products is mission critical. Organizations need data-driven control over which materials are brought on site. To be most effective, a smart, logical, and configurable chemical approval system must be implemented across the enterprise. This process should empower the user to monitor compliance, regulations, restricted materials, and risk—all while maintaining a record of these results. Facilities are unique, with unique organizations, workflows, and internal protocols. The most profitable chemical approval systems should be flexible enough to meet the needs of the facility—often including multiple approval conditions—and aggregate both regulatory and client data. In addition, providing immediate insight and automated logic helps ensure compliance, reduce risk, lower costs, promote productivity, and drive product stewardship across all facilities.

Attendees of this Synergist Webinar will:

  • understand the necessity of a smart, flexible approval workflow
  • explore how logical workflows can provide insight to better understand products during material evaluation
  • discover how to automate approval processes and enhance product stewardship initiatives

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FR/AR Clothing: A Town Hall on Heat Stress, Cold Stress, and More
Bulwark

By Derek Sang, Technical Training Manager, QSSP, CSHEP, Bulwark Protective Apparel

Bulwark receives thousands of questions related to flame-resistant and arc-rated clothing each year. Industrial hygienists and occupational health and safety professionals are interested in topics beyond proper selection, use, care, and maintenance of FR/AR clothing. The Synergist and Bulwark Protective Apparel collected questions submitted by users and purchasers of personal protective equipment and selected a handful of burning FR questions that Bulwark's FR expert Derek Sang will answer during this exclusive Town Hall Webinar.

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Town Hall: Answer Your Top FR/CP Questions
Bulwark

By Mark Saner, FR Technical Manager, Bulwark

Do you know why some lab coats are blue? Or what happens to your FR/CP if your lab coat gets wet? Find out the answers to these questions and more during Bulwark's Town Hall Webinar, presented by Mark Saner. Mark brings over 35 years of experience to the table. Tune in as he answers many of the questions you’ve submitted for this special webinar.

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Unlocking the Value of Ergonomics with Big Data
Humantech

By Jeff Sanford, BHK, MHK, CPE, Director of Consulting and Ergonomics Engineer, Humantech and Jennie Dustin, CPE, CSP, Managing Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer, Humantech

Big data has become a prominent buzzword in recent years. It gives visibility to the need for addressing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and provides an aggregation of information - this being a key benefit. This collection translates mere data into meaningful evidence, what we like to call a "super-ergonomics-mind." This webinar will share key statistics and meaningful trends based on 150,000 completed MSD risk assessments to help IH and safety professionals make better decisions and deploy smarter solutions with their ergonomics programs.

Participants will learn:

  • the value that ergonomics brings to organizations.
  • how data can drive safety and IH professionals to make change.
  • how market and industry trends are identified.
  • how smarter solutions improve both employee well-being and business performance.

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Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things in IH Field Analysis
SGS Galson

By Ronald McMahan, Director, Business and Solution Development, SGS Galson and Tim Quinn, West BDM, SGS Galson Labs

This presentation will discuss the many new cloud-based products that have hit the market, which will allow an IH/CIH the ability to monitor, collect data, be alerted, and pull grab samples remotely. Imagine continuous data being cataloged on a job site while you’re not there, 24 hours to 1 month straight. This is now a reality. It can be an additional worker for a business or a new way to bill for IH consultants.

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Product Demo: Legiolert Test

By Dr. Dan Broder, Lead Scientist, IDEXX's Legiolert Team

Product description from IDEXX: The Legiolert® Test is a next-generation culture test to detect Legionella pneumophila, the waterborne bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. Accurate and reliable test results are essential for reducing employees’ Legionnaires’ disease risk through water management plans. This webinar will explain how and why the Legiolert Test’s accuracy and reliability lead to better employee protection.

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Managing the Complexities of Global Occupational Exposure Limits with a Central EHSQ System

By Erin Snyder, Senior Presales Engineer, Cority and Alan L. Johnson, Director of Strategic Alliances, Verisk 3E

Global occupational exposure limits are innumerable and continuously changing. Keeping up can be challenging—especially if your organization is expanding operations into new geographies. An exposure limit for the same substance may be more or less stringent depending on the region. This makes OEL management increasingly complex for industrial hygienists working across large multi-site, multi-country organizations.

Join experts from Cority and Verisk 3E as they walk through a brief history of OEL changes and share best practices for simplifying global OEL management through a central management system.

You will learn:

  • The history and rise of global occupational exposure limits
  • Best practices for managing complex OELs across global organizations
  • The benefits of moving to a single, integrated system for OEL management

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NFPA 70E: Are You Compliant, or Safe?
Cority

By Erin Snyder, Senior Presales Engineer, Cority and Alan L. Johnson, Director of Strategic Alliances, Verisk 3E

Global occupational exposure limits are innumerable and continuously changing. Keeping up can be challenging—especially if your organization is expanding operations into new geographies. An exposure limit for the same substance may be more or less stringent depending on the region. This makes OEL management increasingly complex for industrial hygienists working across large multi-site, multi-country organizations.Join experts from Cority and Verisk 3E as they walk through a brief history of OEL changes and share best practices for simplifying global OEL management through a central management system.You will learn:

  • The history and rise of global occupational exposure limits
  • Best practices for managing complex OELs across global organizations
  • The benefits of moving to a single, integrated system for OEL management

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Town Hall Webinar on FR/AR Clothing

By Derek Sang, Technical Training Manager, QSSP, CSHEP, Bulwark Protective Apparel

Built from questions submitted by users of flame-resistant and chemical splash-resistant clothing, this Town Hall Webinar features presenter Derek Sang, who has conducted over 250 live seminars and over 30 webinars across North America, the Middle East, and Europe. As Bulwark Protective Apparel's technical training manager, Derek’s expertise lies in helping people understand arc flash and flash fire hazards along with the proper selection, use, care, and maintenance of FR/AR clothing.

Among the questions addressed in this presentation are:

  • Is FR clothing good for exposure to flammable liquids and flammable vapors in addition to dust?
  • What options are available for combination flame-resistant and chemical splash-resistant clothing?
  • Do you know of a quality FR glove that is also cut resistant?
  • Are there any problems with using DEET on flame-resistant clothing?
  • And more

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Product Demo: Sentinel Clear PAPR

By Gary Storr, QSSP, Technical Sales Specialist, PPE, ILC Dover

Product description from ILC Dover: For pharmaceutical manufacturing employees who work regularly with dry powdered formulations, the Sentinel Clear system is the only powered air-purifying respirator that offers a virtually clear hood engineered with advanced film technology for superior visibility, comfort, and mission-critical protection from pharmaceutical ingredients. This webinar will provide an overview of ILC Dover and this innovative PAPR.

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The Selection, Use, Care and Maintenance of FR/AR Clothing

By Derek Sang, Technical Training Manager, QSSP, CSHEP, Bulwark Protective Apparel

The proper selection of PPE is very important. This webinar will demonstrate that, while thermal hazards may differ across industries, the basics for the selection, use, care, and maintenance of FR clothing share some similarities. Attendees will be introduced to the regulations, standards, and general best practices for implementing an FR/AR clothing program in regard to the selection, use, care, and maintenance of FR/AR garments for arc flash and flash fire hazards.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The importance of NFPA 2112 certified garments, NFPA 70E, and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269
  • How to design a company specification for FR and AR clothing
  • How to select, use, care for, and maintain FR garments for flash fire and arc flash hazards
  • Incident energy, ATPV (Arc Thermal Performance Value), and layering
  • And more

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PPE and Combustible Dust — The Often-Overlooked Piece of Protection

By Derek Sang, Technical Training Manager, QSSP, CSHEP, Bulwark Protective Apparel

Are you concerned about how NFPA 652 impacts your safety program? In this webinar, you will get straightforward talk about combustible dust and how NFPA 652 addresses the hazard.

Bulwark’s resident FR expert, Derek Sang, will provide an explanation of the CD hazard, a step-by-step guide to both the new NFPA 652 standard and the industry flash fire standards, NFPA 2112 and 2113, which cover the selection, use, care and maintenance of FR garments.

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Can You See Me? ANSI and FR

By Derek Sang, Technical Training Manager, QSSP, CSHEP, Bulwark Protective Apparel

Several years ago, ANSI/ISEA 107 underwent an extensive overhaul. The new version merges ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 and ANSI/ISEA 207-2011 into a single document that considers all occupations faced with low-visibility hazards, including public safety workers. Updates to this revision will impact wearers of high-visibility safety apparel (HVSA) across a wide range of industries including construction, oil and gas, and law enforcement, among others. This webinar will explain how the changes to ANSI/ISEA 107 affect your safety program.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • What has changed in ANSI/ISEA 107
  • What makes a garment hi-vis
  • Which industries are affected by this change
  • How to properly select hi-vis clothing
  • What the new labeling requirements are for hi-vis clothing

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What You Need To Know About the Sample Collection and Analysis of Carbonyls (i.e., Formaldehyde) in Air

By Gary Oishi, R&D Chemist, Air Monitoring Group, MilliporeSigma

Carbonyls, such as formaldehyde, are ubiquitous and can be found in both outdoor and indoor environments including workplaces, schools, homes, and public buildings. The need to collect air samples continues to be an important task for those in the environmental and industrial hygiene fields, and for scientists who conduct product emission testing.

2,4-dinitrophenyl hydrazine (2,4-DNPH) reagent-coated media is the most popular media for carbonyl air sampling. This webinar will teach you about the different types of sampling media currently available for both active and passive air sampling.

Topics for collecting the air samples:

  • how to choose the correct sampling media for your application
  • how to properly connect the sampling media to an air sampling pump and calibrate the sampling flow rate
  • what sampling media can be used for passive sampling
  • why it’s important for proper storage of the sample media before and after sampling
  • how ozone scrubbers can be used to prevent degradation of your samples while sampling

Topics for analysis of the air samples:

  • how the different sampling media is prepared for analysis in the laboratory
  • how specific sampling media can now be automated for online desorption and analysis

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Don’t Experiment with Your Safety: Choosing the Right Lab Coat

By Mark Saner, FR Technical Manager, Bulwark

Used for decades, lab coats have typically been made from polyester or polyester/cotton blends with the primary purpose of keeping foreign materials off the clothing worn under the coat. However, due to the number of accidents and injuries related to fire and clothing ignition, the use of FR lab coats in research and commercial labs has become an increasingly important component to lab safety.

In this webinar, we’ll take you through the basics of the chemical protection market, discuss common laboratory hazards, and highlight the difference between FR and non-FR lab coats.

You’ll learn:

  • The common laboratory hazards, chemicals and flammables.
  • Attributes of today’s lab coats.
  • The basics of FR/CP lab coats.
  • How to select the right lab coat.

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Laying the Foundation for Effective Chemical Management

By Matt Adams, Senior Solutions Engineer, SiteHawk

Chemical management is challenging; it requires coordination between multiple stakeholders including product stewardship, industrial hygiene, environmental and safety teams. Establishing an efficient and scalable chemical program is critical to maintain visibility of on-site inventory at any given time. Establishing visibility allows industry professionals to begin by mitigating the largest chemical-related risks in their businesses and enables a continuous improvement approach going forward. Join Matt Adams, Senior Software Engineer from SiteHawk, as he explores the foundational steps to ensure chemical visibility and allow companies to create a proactive, forward-thinking approach to chemical management that has ripple effects across the business.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to ensure that your current system has the right foundations and best practices around correcting any shortcomings
  • High-impact, low-maintenance best practices to ensure chemical visibility and risk mitigation
  • Steps to augment current practices to impact other business segments and gain competitive advantages

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Building and Implementing an FR/AR Program for the Arc Flash Hazard

By Derek Sang, Technical Training Manager, QSSP, IASHEP, Bulwark Protective Apparel

The proper selection of PPE is very important—especially for those with a demonstrated arc flash hazard. This webinar will guide attendees through the proper selection, use, care, and maintenance of FR/AR garments to protect against arc flash. Attendees will gain a thorough understanding of the regulations, standards and program implementation “best practices,” including detailed information on layering for arc flash protection.

Attendees will learn that a successful FR/AR clothing program is not fully defined if it does not place restrictions or set guidelines on clothing to be worn under the FR/AR uniform. Under the worst circumstances, lack of guidance on base-layer clothing could leave an employee at risk for burns.

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An Overview of Chemical Notification Systems in China, Taiwan and South Korea

By Sophie Guinard, Regulatory Scientist, The REACH Centre

REMINDER: Please note that this event is scheduled for 90 minutes.

As a result of increasing international pressure from programs such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), as well as goals to bring domestic regulations into alignment with global norms, a growing number of Asia Pacific countries have implemented chemical notification systems to promote the sound management of chemicals.

This webinar aims to provide an overview of the main chemical notification systems in China (MEP Order 7 and Decree 591), Taiwan (TCSCA and OSHA), and South Korea (K-REACH). It will help companies to identify potential notification obligations and explain how these obligations can be fulfilled using an in-country representative. It will also deliver a high-level comparison of the regulatory scope, deadlines, notification types and process, and provide the opportunity for Q&A with a regulatory scientist delivering services in Asia.

Learning objectives:

  • To provide an overview of the main chemical notification systems in China, Taiwan and South Korea to companies supplying chemical substances to these markets.
  • To allow companies to identify whether the substances used in their products are in scope of the regulations, if their substances are exempt or below tonnage threshold, whether they have notification obligations, and what registration deadlines are relevant to their substances.
  • To provide an appreciation of the notification process and information about whether an in-country Only Representative or Third Party Representative is required
  • To highlight other regulatory requirements and post-notification obligations, such as annual volume reporting, record keeping, safety data sheet provision and risk assessment reports
  • To deliver a high-level comparison of the notification systems in China, Taiwan and South Korea

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When Data Doesn’t Matter: A Realistic Application of Analytics

By David Y. Williams, Vice President, Industry & Innovation, SiteHawk

Analytics, widgets, dashboards and business intelligence–EHS leaders are using data to shift from a focus on compliance to discovering ways to utilize chemical data and strategically support corporate initiatives. But how do you know what data matters to meet your goals? SiteHawk offers a primer, helping organizations unlock the internal questions that should be considered when sifting through what data is relevant. This webinar explores the Analytics Maturity Model and challenges attendees to self-evaluate their data while pursuing operational excellence.

Attendees will:

  • evaluate the Analytics Maturity Model to examine how data can be used for descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics
  • discover how organizations leverage EHS intelligence within internal business operations
  • establish a baseline for the realistic application of analytics

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Everything You Need to Know to Comply with the New Silica Rule

By William Walsh

With OSHA’s final silica rule in effect, SGS Galson, the world leader in industrial hygiene analysis and monitoring solutions, is helping consultants understand, comply with and deliver timely, precise results to its clients. SGS Galson’s webinar, “Everything You Need to Know to Comply with the New Silica Rule” presents a comparison of the old standard versus the new one, details on the key components of the new rule, how to choose, then use the right equipment for monitoring, and interpreting results. No matter what aspect of silica monitoring you’re involved with, you are sure to learn new and beneficial information from this webinar.

Webinar presenter William (Bill) Walsh, CIH, is business development director for SGS Galson. Bill was vice-chair of the AIHA-LAP Analytical Accreditation Board when he testified on the technical requirements for lab accreditation needed for the proposed new silica standard to the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC. His testimony was specific to the portion of the proposed rule dealing with a lab’s abilities to meet the proposed reporting limits in the new rule for silica testing.

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The New TSCA and Its Implications

By Mark N. Duvall, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond

Game-changing amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) became law in June 2016. In the nine months since enactment, EPA has been hard at work implementing the new TSCA. This presentation will identify the principal amendments; explain EPA's activities to date; discuss the strategic implications of these developments for companies who may have chemicals subject to review under TSCA; and compare the amended TSCA to the European Union's REACH regulation.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the major changes to TSCA and how EPA is implementing those changes.
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities to defend chemicals that might be reviewed by EPA.
  • Gain perspective on how the amended TSCA differs from REACH.

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Reducing Legionella Risk in Your Buildings

By Ray Petrisek, Director of Environmental Microbiology , HP Environmental Laboratory and Dr. Dan Broder, Lead Scientist , IDEXX’s Legiolert™ R&D team

Industrial hygienists play an essential role in managing the risk of exposure to Legionella, the most prevalent disease causing waterborne microorganism in the U.S. today. Legionella exposure can lead to Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially deadly form of pneumonia that is highly preventable with the right planning. This webinar will cover the basic science of Legionella bacteria in both building systems and in the environment, guidelines focused on preventing Legionnaires’ disease, the latest developments in water quality monitoring, and concrete steps to ensure the effectiveness of water safety management plans. There will be ample time for questions.

By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • articulate the role of an industrial hygienist in reducing Legionella risk
  • describe the basic science of the Legionella bacteria
  • compare the risks associated with different species of Legionella
  • list the elements of an effective water management plan
  • compare options for testing water to determine whether a water management plan is successfully reducing the risk of Legionnaires’ disease
  • make more informed decisions about how best to reduce Legionella exposure from water in buildings, taps and showers, cooling towers, and fountains

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Innovations in Pumped Air Sampling

By Gary Oishi, R&D Chemist, Millipore Sigma

The goal of air sampling is to determine what chemical exposure occurred by the most accurate means available. This is achieved by two pieces of information: the mass of the chemical suspect agent, which can be accurately determined by analysis against a standard performed at a laboratory; and the volume of air sampled. The mass has been determined with much greater confidence than the volume of sampled air.

Air volume sampled is currently determined by calibrating the desired flow rate across the sampling media. The calibrated flow rate and time are used to establish total sampled air volume. Mathematically, the larger the total sample volume, the lesser of an impact that an error in the actual volume would have on a result. Most importantly, we want to know with confidence that a measured value will allows us to make a decision based on the most accurate and reliable data available. A new innovation in pumped air sampling that incorporates a patented mass air flow meter in a personal sampling pump will bring us closer to what is needed. This combination can provide an accurate real air volume sampled by continuously measuring flow rate over the entire sampling period.

Webinar participants will learn:

  • Pump dynamics as they relate to accurate collection of air samples
  • How flow control can affect the results for a gas phase chemical vs. particulates
  • Advantages of an integrated mass flow meter air sampling pump

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Product Compliance: Classification and Labeling of Chemicals Worldwide

By Claude Neri, Head of Compliance and Research, Chemwatch and Jerome Marinkovic, Director of Product Research & Development, Chemwatch

GHS is here to stay. The goal of the system is to globally “harmonize” the classification and labeling of chemicals; however, a side effect of GHS is the need for increased compliance for organizations, regardless of location, size, or markets. This free Synergist webinar, sponsored by Chemwatch, will focus on solutions to common challenges in complying with local and global GHS regulations, including variations in label format, content, building blocks, and concentration limits.

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Threshold Reporting and Quantity Management

By Abhishek Roy, Business Analyst, SiteHawk and Joe Bosnak, Education and Support Specialist, SiteHawk

Threshold reporting demands the evaluation of chemical data by material, area and quantity—the what, where and how much of potentially hazardous chemicals. Understanding regulations, hazardous materials and associated data is necessary for effective regulatory reporting, and many data management systems map qualifying chemicals and areas. However, companies must find the right tool for the right job to drive compliant, accurate reporting procedures. Whether quantity data is pulled annually, monthly or on demand, SiteHawk explores common challenges to threshold reporting and the technology behind quantity management solutions.

Topics include:

  • Requirements of common threshold reports
  • Challenges to inventory management systems
  • Technology behind cloud-based quantity management solutions
  • Typical methods of accessing quantity data

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Chemical Approval as a Best Practice

By David Y. Williams, Vice President, Industry & Innovation, SiteHawk and Joe Bosnak, Education and Support Specialist, SiteHawk

Efficient Chemical Approval procedures are essential to any productive workplace. Introducing new materials without proper preparation and review can alter processes, break compliance and endanger lives. The first step in implementing best practices concerning the introduction of new chemicals in a workplace is gathering the data necessary to understand how to meet a company’s structural needs and workflow for Chemical Approval. SiteHawk guides an exploration through the Chemical Approval process, defining what workplaces need to know as they introduce new materials. This seminar examines pertinent questions vital to an organization’s Chemical Approval structure regarding what materials should be reviewed, how they are reviewed, who reviews them and common challenges to this process.

Topics Include:

  • Business reasoning
  • What to know before you start
  • Chemical approval framework
  • Long-term success strategies

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Chemical Management: A Multifunctional Approach for Delivering a Robust Chemical Management Program

By Tom Lillie

Knowledge of materials is the lifeblood of a product development organization. Material data is needed for employee and customer safety, environmental monitoring and disposal, material and formula development, product registration, and quality. However, responsibilities for managing materials often reside with multiple entities within an organization; typically, these entities do not take advantage of the synergies between their needs. This presentation will examine the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary approach in achieving a cost-effective and sustainable chemical management program.

During this session, attendees will learn how to optimize the collection and maintenance of data, minimize the organizational cost, and apply a staged implementation of an agile application that can deliver benefits across an entire organization while providing a more robust chemical management solution.

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Measurement of the Potential Exposure to Isocyanates Monomers and Oligomers During Spray Painting

By Gary Oishi, R&D Chemist, Millipore Sigma

Monitoring of isocyanates in the workplace environment is important as these reactive compounds are capable of inducing respiratory disorders like “occupational asthma”. Airborne monomer and oligomer isocyanates can occur together in product formulations, such as automotive clear coat finishes. Analyzing the monomer and oligomer isocyanates in a single method provides the most efficient solution for determining the concentrations present during potential exposures. In a comparative study, air samples generated from spray painting were collected using two variations of “dry” sampling devices. These sampling devices incorporated either dibutylamine(DBA) or 1-(2-pyridyl)piperazine(1-2pp) impregnated media to create stable target derivatives. The resulting derivates were then analyzed by sampler specific HPLC finishes. Quantitation of detected monomeric and oligomeric isocyanates using LC-MS-MS was possible by using available deuterated internal standards. Both monomers and oligomers of isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI), and 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) were detected. Other oligomeric species were also detected but at lower concentrations. The results showed that the oligomers of HDI-Isocyanurate and IPDI-Isocyanurate were present at the highest concentration inside the spray booth during the spraying process indicating that oligomers can be present at much higher concentrations than the monomers during the spray painting process.

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The NFPA 350 Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work!

By Nancy Pearce, Fire Protection Engineer, NFPA

NFPA 350 Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work, released last month, simplifies confined space terminology, fills in gaps and provides supplemental information on how to comply with existing confined space regulations and standards. This webinar will provide an overview of NFPA 350 focusing on key elements included in the guide that can help you improve your confined space entry program.

Attendees will learn:

  • Explain the background and vision for the new NFPA 350 document on confined spaces
  • Highlight some of the ways NFPA 350 addresses confusion and gaps identified in existing standards
  • Explain how you can provide input into the document
  • Show you how to access NFPA 350

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Choosing the Right Adsorbent for Your Thermal Desorption Gas Chromatography Applications

By Jamie Brown, R&D Scientist, Supelco division of Sigma-Aldrich, USA

This webinar provides an overview of adsorbents that are suitable for thermal desorption (TD), and the factors you need to consider when selecting an adsorbent. The presentation provides details about adsorbent mesh sizes, surface area, and temperature limits; and how these parameters influence the sample collection process. This webinar also covers the use of single and multi-bed tubes, as well as recommendations for sample volumes and sampling flow rates to assist in method development. Selecting the best suited adsorbent(s) is an important factor in achieving the desired sensitivity and selectivity for an application, and this webinar will provide you with the information you need to optimize your method.

What Will You Learn?

  • Overview of the different types of adsorbents suitable for thermal desorption
  • The role that size and shape of the adsorbents play in collection of the air sample
  • Which adsorbents are truly hydrophobic
  • How moisture in the air can affect the performance of the adsorbents
  • Recommended flow rates and sample volumes for different sampling conditions

Why Should You Attend?

  • To gain valuable information on choosing the right adsorbent(s) for your thermal desorption method

Who Should Attend?

  • Environmental sampling and testing specialists
  • Method developers for TD/GC analysis
  • Managers who are considering adding thermal desorption capability to their laboratory
  • Scientists and students who want to learn about thermal desorption

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Integrating Chemical Management with Chemical Approvals Workflow

By Claude Neri, Head of Compliance and Research, Chemwatch and Jerome Marinkovic, Director of Product Research & Development, Chemwatch

To compete in a global marketplace and satisfy evolving customer demands, companies are constantly introducing new products containing new chemicals. Multi-staged Approval System is the most effective way to overcome both internal and external challenges of achieving chemical Compliance.

In this webinar we will show you an integrated approach to chemical Approvals, bringing together:

  • Environmental, Health and Safety review
  • Regulatory, Supply Chain and Product life-cycle Management
  • Organizational Structure, Business Processes and Procedures

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Headlines in Hygiene Air Sampling

By Debbie Dietrich, SKC

Debbie Dietrich, CIH, is Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Corporate Industrial Hygienist at SKC Inc. She can be reached via e-mail.

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Risk Assessment: It’s Not the Hazard, It’s the Risk

By Claude Neri, Head of Compliance and Research, Chemwatch and Jerome Marinkovic, Director of Product Research & Development, Chemwatch

In the past, several organizations have felt that their chemicals management programs are served entirely by the provision of an (M)SDS.

An (M)SDS is a document that identifies hazards, but does little to assist in calculating the risks involved in the use of chemicals. Several models have been developed to assist in this initiative. One such model, control banding, has been developed by the International Labor Organization. Other models have also been developed by other authorities. This webinar will describe the various models and their outcomes. All are designed to ensure that patterns of use are taken into consideration and that control measures reflect the patterns of use.

The following topics will be covered in this webinar:

  • Risk Assessment vs Risk Analysis
  • ILO Control Banding Risk Assessment (United Nations)
  • COSSHEssentials (UK HSE Executive Body)
  • REACh Exposure Scenarios as Risk Assessments
  • Dutch StoffenManager as Risk Assessment
  • Dangerous Goods Risk Assessments
  • Regulatory Status of Risk Assessments
  • Control Banding: in-depth analysis
  • Hazards Vs. Risks (SDS Hazard Analysis)
  • Classification Criteria
  • Mitigating Risk – Control Measures
  • Grouping Tasks into Jobs
  • The Risk Assessment Report
  • Importance of Risk Assessment in Chemical Approval Workflow
  • Adopting Innovation: Mobile, Tablet, Cloud technologies

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A New Concept in SDS & Label Creation

By Claude Neri, Head of Compliance and Research, Chemwatch

The Globally Harmonized System: Global - Yes. Harmonized...???

Many companies in North America as well as companies that sell into North America are currently wrestling with the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) SDS and labeling deadlines mandated by OSHA. This goes both ways as North American companies grapple with the many variants of GHS globally.

This free webinar will outline and discuss various issues in complying with GHS at home and in the global arena. These include the variations in SDS format and content required, and the differences in classifications, concentration limits and building blocks. Issues surrounding classification and sources of information now relevant to GHS will be discussed in detail. This late into the game the focus of the webinar will lean toward what you might not know about a global GHS.

The webinar will also discuss some ways to take the complexity out of complying with GHS SDS and labeling and its accompanying requirements, and will describe how to convert and translate existing product MSDSs into compliant GHS SDSs and labels.

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Size-selective Sampling of Particulate Matter

By Debbie Dietrich

Debbie Dietrich, CIH, is Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Corporate Industrial Hygienist at SKC Inc. She can be reached via email.

To inquire about obtaining confirmation of your attendance, please contact SKC's Michelle Filby.

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Tips to Ensure Compliance with OSHA’s Alignment with GHS Chemical Classification and Labeling

By Anne Sefried, Field Applications Engineer, BIOVIA

Live Q&A with: Anne Sefried, BIOVIA and Denese Deeds, CIH, Industrial Health & Safety Consultants

Due to a high level of interest in this topic, AIHA and Biovia are presenting a rebroadcast of a webinar that originally aired on Feb. 10, 2015. Following the rebroadcast, Anne Sefried of Biovia and Denese Deeds, CIH, of Industrial Health & Safety Consultants will hold a live question-and-answer session.

Facilities may have thousands of chemicals on site, many of which are hazardous materials. Which ones require compliance with the latest revisions in OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)? These revisions align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Chemical Classification and Labeling, and require all hazardous chemicals on site that are covered by HCS to have an updated Safety Data Sheet (SDS); and all chemicals received after June 1, 2015, to have the new GHS labels.

This webinar will discuss the new requirements, and provide helpful tips for how to comply as well as how to ensure your hazardous chemical inventory management is safe and the data accurate.

Hosted and moderated by AIHA, BIOVIA’s Anne Sefried will discuss how technology enables both facility and EH&S professionals to seamlessly integrate processes and workflows associated with hazardous chemical and SDS management to ensure conformance to OSHA/GHS regulatory requirements.

Attendees will learn:

  • How changes to the HCS affect chemical inventory management
  • OSHA deadlines and expectations
  • Labeling compliance and data management challenges
  • SDS management and reporting challenges
  • How to solve the compliance challenges with software
  • Integrated hazardous material and SDS management approaches
  • Key points regarding GHS
  • SHAs alignment with GHS

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Tips to Ensure Compliance with OSHA’s Alignment with GHS Chemical Classification and Labeling

By Anne Sefried, Field Applications Engineer, BIOVIA

Facilities may have thousands of chemicals on site, many of which are hazardous materials. Which ones require compliance with the latest revisions in OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)? These revisions align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Chemical Classification and Labeling, and require all hazardous chemicals on site that are covered by HCS to have an updated Safety Data Sheet (SDS); and all chemicals received after June 1, 2015, to have the new GHS labels.

This webinar will discuss the new requirements, and provide helpful tips for how to comply as well as how to ensure your hazardous chemical inventory management is safe and the data accurate.

Hosted and moderated by AIHA, BIOVIA’s Anne Sefried will discuss how technology enables both facility and EH&S professionals to seamlessly integrate processes and workflows associated with hazardous chemical and SDS management to ensure conformance to OSHA/GHS regulatory requirements.

Attendees will learn:

  • How changes to the HCS affect chemical inventory management
  • OSHA deadlines and expectations
  • Labeling compliance and data management challenges
  • SDS management and reporting challenges
  • How to solve the compliance challenges with software
  • Integrated hazardous material and SDS management approaches
  • Key points regarding GHS
  • OSHAs alignment with GHS

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Real-world Solutions to SEG Management Challenges

By Monica Melkonian, MS, CIH, Consultant, Medgate and Joe Loro, CIH, Senior Sales Executive, Medgate

Properly defined exposure groups allow hygienists to characterize risk and ultimately keep employees out of harm. The challenge, however, is that SEGs need to be defined accurately - not too narrowly or broadly - and in a harmonized fashion across the organization.

During this webinar, Monica Melkonian, CIH, and Joe Loro, CIH, will discuss some of the common challenges clients face, including: collecting critical historical data from disparate systems; dealing with changing processes; incorporating new scientific information regarding an agent or process; and handling mobile and contracted work forces.

Monica and Joe will share their SEG management best practices drawing from experience of implementing industrial hygiene software in many different organizations. Such implementations often serve as a catalyst to help refine and harmonize risk assessment programs, including how exposure groups will be defined and managed.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • The risks of poorly defined exposure groups
  • How AIHA recommends establishing exposure groups
  • The steps to achieve successful definition and management of SEGs
  • The importance of validating SEGs and establishing a reassessment program

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How AkzoNobel is Addressing Corporate Requirements for Lab Safety and Chemical Inventory Management

By Jennifer Hergert, HSE Manager, AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry and Bryan Billings, Senior Technical Support Specialist, BIOVIA

From cleaner houses to new roads, AkzoNobel is behind the development of many of today’s most significant safe and smart products. To do so, they keep 500+ researchers busy on a wide variety of applications from polymers to surfactants. But accommodating such a variety comes with workflow and management challenges.

One particular challenge for AkzoNobel’s Surface Chemistry division was managing the 10,000+ chemical containers used for research. Their previous methodology was no longer sustainable and had been hampering the lab’s ability to manage the chemicals, address safety regulations, and contain the associated costs.

Join us on October 29 for a free webinar when AkzoNobel’s Jennifer Hergert discusses the decision to implement a digital chemical inventory system, how Surface Chemistry went about it, and the results one year later. You’ll get an insider view of how the new system addresses corporate requirements, as well as a look back over the benefits that have accrued since implementation. Jennifer will be joined by BIOVIA’s Bryan Billings who will discuss how a best practices chemical inventory management system enables research organizations to increase researcher efficiency, lower chemical costs and waste, and reduce risk.

Attendees will learn:

  • Migrating from legacy methods to sustainable processes
  • Aligning the new lab system with corporate initiatives
  • Getting upper management approval and buy-in
  • Introducing workflow changes to lab researchers
  • Improvements to expect post-implementation

Tune in to our webinar to hear our presenters discuss the benefits of centralized chemical inventory management and AkzoNobel’s corporate requirements for lab safety and chemical inventory management, what those internal standards entail, the drivers for change, and how the Surface Chemistry division addressed the challenge.

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How to Incorporate Regulatory Lists to Ensure Chemical Inventory Compliance

By Anne Sefried, Field Applications Engineer, BIOVIA

As most EHS managers know, compliance with regulations–such as OSHA, GHS, EPA, CDC, DHS, DEA, CEPA, HMIS and HCS to name just a few–require you to have a detailed understanding of the materials being used in your facility. Many of those regulations also have Chemicals of Interest Lists with very specific requirements about managing and reporting those chemicals if and when a certain threshold limit is reached. Because each of these regulations has different criteria, most EHS professionals create internal Regulatory Lists to track the requirements and provide regulatory reports.

However, compliance with most of these regulations is extremely challenging without real-time data. Further, most facilities do not have a system that ties chemical inventory data to Right-to-Know documentation, such as Safety Data Sheets (SDS), or to the regulations that require reports or to Regulatory Lists.

Join us on September 10 for a free webinar on how to incorporate your Regulatory Lists into your chemical inventory workflows, ensure that the information is accurate, and automate the creation of regulatory reports based on those lists.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Track Chemicals-of-Interest from different regulations within chemical workflows
  • Incorporate Regulatory Lists into chemical inventory data management
  • Mitigate the amount of chemicals on site to stay under regulatory threshold levels
  • Automate regulatory reports
  • Ensure regulatory compliance

Tune in to our webinar to hear Anne discuss the many regulations – from CFATS to SARA – that affect research organizations and production facilities, what’s involved with creating a comprehensive Regulatory List, and how to ensure accurate, timely, stress-free regulatory reports.

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From Chaos To Control: Aligning Chemical Inventory Workflows Throughout the Enterprise

By Bryan Billings, Senior Technical Support Specialist, BIOVIA

At first glance chemical inventory management seems deceptively simple: You receive chemicals, store them, use them, and dispose the empty containers when you are done. Planning an Enterprise scale chemical inventory system reveals more complexities. There are many intricate inventory management processes to consider that involve optimizing inventory levels, logistics, replenishment, disposition and forecasting.

Many organizations track their chemical inventory on paper, with a basic spreadsheet program, or use legacy in-house solutions. Unfortunately, these solutions don’t scale well (or at all), do not provide accurate information, or are too complex and IT resource-intensive to maintain. The result is often a chaotic scramble of unnecessary duplicate ordering, wasted researcher time spent looking for containers that may or may not exist, inaccurate reporting, and high disposal costs due to chemicals that expire before use.

This webinar provides tips and techniques that align chemical inventory workflows throughout the enterprise, and implement easy to maintain controls and processes to eliminate the chaos.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify and optimize inventory management workflows
  • Maintain inventory integrity
  • Manage and mitigate the amount of chemicals on site
  • Eliminate chemical safety deficiencies
  • Ensure regulatory compliance

Tune in to our webinar to hear Bryan discuss how to gain control of your chemical inventory, increase researcher efficiency, lower chemical costs and waste, and reduce risk in the organization.

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The "Miracle Mineral": How New Models Are Transforming Asbestos Risk Assessment

By Andrey Korchevskiy, Director of Research and Development, Chemistry & Industrial Hygiene, Inc.; Eric Rasmuson, President, Chemistry & Industrial Hygiene, Inc.; and James Rasmuson, Founder, CEO, and Senior Scientist, Chemistry & Industrial Hygiene, Inc.

Today, the use of asbestos in various products has been largely eliminated in the U.S. and other Western countries. However, industrial hygienists understand that asbestos issues are here to stay because of the presence of amphibole asbestos in ore and soil, remaining asbestos-containing materials in building construction, and flourishing asbestos utilization in the developing world. During the last decade, new models have been developed to demonstrate the health effects of asbestos that have been largely underutilized in industrial hygiene practice to date.

This webinar will examine recent development in asbestos health risk assessment, evaluate new resources, and discuss how asbestos regulations and corporate practices should reflect the latest scientific knowledge.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recent developments in asbestos health risk assessment modeling
  • Comparison between U.S. EPA IRIS and other cancer risk models
  • Evaluation of fiber type models at near-background exposure levels
  • Application of asbestos risk knowledge in industrial hygiene practice
  • Uncertainties and limitations in asbestos risk assessment
  • Limitations of current asbestos occupational standards
  • International views on asbestos risks and regulations
  • Lessons from the history of the “miracle mineral” rise and fall

Tune in to this webinar to hear the speakers discuss how to assess and mitigate asbestos risks depending on the mineral type and size of asbestos fibers, as well as other significant factors.

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Bridging the Gap Between Lab Chemical Management and EHS Compliance

By Anne Sefried, Field Applications Engineer, BIOVIA

The frequency with which federal, state and local chemical safety regulations are being updated is not only occurring more often, but also increasing in number and complexity – making it difficult to ensure compliance. Further complicating the challenge is the workflow gap between the lab that uses the chemicals and EHS that must file accurate chemical regulatory reports.

It is vital that research organizations deploy efficient processes and systems that enable laboratory and EHS managers to easily comply with the regulations, ensure safe chemical management, and produce accurate chemical inventory reports.

This webinar examines the obstacles organizations face ensuring chemical compliance and solutions for bridging the gap between the lab and EHS.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Overcome challenges that prevent regulatory compliance
  • Optimize the efficiency of chemical-related work processes
  • Reduce hazardous materials management risk
  • Manage and mitigate the amount of chemicals on-site
  • Ensure accurate regulatory reports

Tune in to our webinar to hear Accelrys' Anne Sefried discuss strategies for efficient chemical inventory management across the research enterprise to ensure regulatory compliance and reduced chemical risk.

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Secrets to Ensuring Accurate and Compliant Chemical Inventory Reports

By Anne Sefried, Field Applications Engineer, BIOVIA

From lubricants to solvents, from flammable materials to corrosives, many organizations handle and store a number of different chemicals. It’s not enough to ensure that you know where chemicals are, provide training and information about correct handling procedures, and ensure that chemicals are stored and disposed appropriately. It is also important to report to external agencies what chemicals are on site, the quantities of those chemicals, and how and where they are stored. The stakes are higher if those chemicals are hazardous materials.

One critical challenge for many organizations is the gap between the laboratory that uses the chemicals, and the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) department that must produce accurate chemical inventory reports. Unfortunately, disconnected, inconsistent, and inefficient chemical inventory management processes are not only inhibiting report accuracy but also incurring higher risk. This webinar examines the obstacles organizations face ensuring chemical management and reporting compliance, and discusses how different organizations have closed the gap to solve the compliance challenge.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Bridge the gap between the lab and EHS
  • Streamline chemical inventory management processes
  • Ensure accurate real-time chemical data
  • Monitor expiration dates and chemical shelf-life in real-time
  • Increase the accuracy of reconciliations
  • Address regulatory requirements
  • Expedite and simplify OSHA, SARA, EPA reporting
  • Reduce hazardous materials management risk

Tune in to our webinar to hear Anne Sefried discuss how to how to address regulatory requirements impacting chemical use and storage, best practices for maximizing chemical inventory management compliance at your organization, and how to ensure accurate and compliant chemical inventory reports.

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Using DualSense Technology in Your Gas Detector: Why Two Are Safer Than One

By Dave Wagner, Global Director of Product Knowledge, Industrial Scientific

There are many things in the world that are based on redundancy. The human body itself has two eyes, two ears, two lungs. In this webinar, we will show how DualSense Technology in your gas detector gives you sensor redundancy and will show you why two is clearly safer than one.

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What Every EH&S Manager Needs to Know About ... Fire Code Compliance

By Jeff Tarter, Principal, Integrated Engineering Services and Bryan Billings, Senior Technical Support Specialist, BIOVIA

Today's organizations operate in a complex and challenging environment that must be carefully managed and monitored to assure safety at all levels. This assurance starts with the building design and carries on through hazardous materials management, from receipt to storage to disposal. Because the regulatory requirements surrounding these issues are constantly changing, it can be a challenge for EH&S professionals to stay on top of new requirements.

This webinar will examine recent changes to fire and building code regulations and what it takes to ensure compliance.

Learning outcomes:

  • Recent changes to fire and building code regulations
  • How to identify chemicals and safety equipment inventory affected by fire codes
  • Common points of failure in reporting systems
  • How to manage and mitigate the amount of chemicals on-site
  • Tips for addressing regulatory reporting requirements

Tune in to this webinar to hear the speakers discuss how to address fire and building code regulatory requirements and offer insights into ensuring compliance.

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