GHS Quiz to test knowledge

Want to know if your employees have understood the new GHS for chemical labelling?

Here’s a fun way for them to review the new regulations as well as take a fun quiz that’ll show how much (or how little) they really know.

Provided by Jeff Dalto from Convergence Training this online presentation combines information and fun.

Give it a try!

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Free Chemical Emergency Response Smartphone App.

SAFER Systems just unveiled its Free Chemical Emergency Response Smartphone App. With Real-Time Weather and Traffic Data for emergency responders.

Designed based on the DOT 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2012), it helps emergency responders, on their way to a chemical spill by giving them weather, wind direction and speed, traffic information, maps, forecasts and other information crucial for responders.

The app was created to work on mobile devices and tablets to deliver responders the information they need before they arrive on the scheme saving valuable time and providing data that might otherwise not be available until it was too late to use it (imagine arriving downwind of the chemical spill instead of upwind, for example).

To download SAFER Mobile Response™ visit www.safersystem.com, play.google.com, or itunes.apple.com.  For more information visit www.safersystem.com.


World’s Number 1 Herbicide Discovered in U.S. Mothers’ Breast Milk

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In a new study conducted by Moms Across America plate_1.jpg  and Sustainable Pulsesustainable_pulse.jpg “High levels” of glyphosate herbicides in breast milk from 3 out of 10 women tested. Keep in mind that this is a pesticide that Monsanto assured us is perfectly safe. They were recently quoted as saying that “If ingested, glyphosate is excreted rapidly, does not accumulate in body fat or tissues, and does not undergo metabolism in humans. Rather, it is excreted unchanged in the urine.”

Even more alarming is the fact that the women in this study were all at least somewhat aware of GMOs and pesticides and were trying to avoid them in their diet, many of them for more than 2 years now. In spite of this it was still found to be in their breast milk.

“The glyphosate testing commissioned by Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse, with support from Environmental Arts & Research, also analyzed 35 urine samples and 21 drinking water samples from across the US and found levels in urine that were over 10 times higher than those found in a similar survey done in the EU by Friends of the Earth Europe in 2013.”

There’s a lot more to this study. Read the full article on the Moms Across America website.


Silicone Wristbands Monitor Exposure

With millions of chemicals and hazardous substances in use around us every day, with flame retardant chemicals sprayed on our curtains and furniture, with toxins in the air that we breathe do you ever wonder exactly how much of this stuff you’re actually being exposed to?

Well the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology and College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University might just be in a position to answer that question for you.

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Worn like any other bracelet, most of which are worn to show our support for some cause or person, these silicone bracelets are actually sampling your exposure to “a diverse set of compounds including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), consumer products, personal care products, pesticides, phthalates, and other industrial compounds ranging in log Kow from −0.07 (caffeine) to 9.49 (tris(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate).”

By using chromatography (a procedure that breaks samples down and identifies the individual atoms present), this procedure can let you know what your exposure has been.

Pretty cool!

You can read more about it on the Environmental Science and Technology website.

 



10 Dangerous Chemicals to Ban from your Home

Mother Earth Living (http://www.motherearthliving.com) is a website that I spent a lot of time at. My wife and I are working hard at removing all harmful chemicals from our home and our diet. We eat fresh and local as much as possible (By the way, if you’re interested in fresh produce that’s locally grown, check out your farmer’s market and/or go to Full Circle. My wife and I live pretty far out in a rural setting. If we can find a place to pickup, you can to. I won’t go into everything about why they are great, just check it out for yourself. If you do sign-up, mention Rob Vajko and I’ll get $10.00 off my next order). We also have gone all natural with our cleaning stuff (Enjo microfiber cleaning clothes and Melaleuca will help you get there if you’re interested).

Unfortunately, that isn’t all there is to living chemical free. Many of the “stuff” that makes up our daily life is also harmful. Most carpets and curtains have been sprayed with chemicals to make them flame retardant and these chemicals have been proven to be carcinogens (you best bet is to tear out all your carpets and put in hardwood floors).

Okay, sorry, this is a topic I’m passionate about so I tend to get carried away. All of the above was intended to point you to an article by Mother Earth Living entitled “10 Dangerous Chemicals to Ban from your Home” so check it out at www.motherearthliving.com/health-and-wellness/10-dangerous-chemicals-to-ban-from-your-home.aspx and start reducing your chemical exposure.

Are you trying to remove chemicals from your environment? Share your ideas and projects with us. We’d love to hear how you’re doing it!



GHS Got you scrambling? There’s help!

Unlike in the movies where exposure to hazardous chemicals result in mutation that give people superhuman abilities and powers, in real life exposure to hazardous chemicals results in adverse health effects (some of which can take years to show up) and, in many cases, death.

Because of this a massive undertaking entitled the “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals” (GHS) has been under way since the middle of last year (March 2012).

Essentially what GHS is doing is to replace the MSDS with a standardized system that applies across the different countries from which chemicals are being imported and exported to.

Feeling a little overwhelmed? Not sure where to get started?

The OSHA Hazard Communication page, dedicated to GHS will get you well on your way and should answer most, if not all of your questions.

You’ll find comparisons sheets between HazCom 1994 and Hazcom 2012, OSHA Briefs, Fact Sheets, Quick Cards, Downloadable Pictograms and a whole lot more.

 

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Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management

Here’s a great computer program to download! It’s the CHEMM, the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management.
What is it?

From the CHEMM website:

  • Enable first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals
  • Provide a comprehensive, user-friendly, web-based resource that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible

With an impressive lineup of names for those who were involved in developping it, the software won the 2011 Risk Communication Award from the Alliance for Chemical Safety. The software is available for Windows or Mac.

Spend a little time on the site as well. It has an impressive amount of information about understanding chemical exposure and risks, toxic sydromes, patient care guidelines, types and categories of hazardous chemicals and a whole lot more.

Don’t wait till you’ve got a chemical spills or events to try to figure out how to handle it.