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Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 16, 2014 | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety function – it might be a part-time role, full-time, outsourced, or part of line level employee responsibilities. Unfortunately, despite their critical role, EHS programs are often managed outside a company’s IT network, making them costly, time-consuming and inefficient.

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Detection Perfection

April 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

Industrial Scientific's products, including portable multi-gas and single gas detectors and instrument accessories, are often the first and last line of defense for a tradesman working in a potentially hazardous environment. The President and CEO Justin McElhattan talks about the company philosophy as a vision to end death on the job in this century, and it’s evident this company takes its responsibilities seriously.  

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Is Your Facility Part Of An Energy Demand Response Program?

April 10, 2014 7:31 am | by Kimberly Frank, David Cousineau, and Jeffrey A. Fuisz, Kaye Scholer LLP | Comments

"Demand response programs" pay participants to be available to reduce their energy consumption for short periods of time when requested by the grid operator. Is your facility getting paid for controlling consumption? Click here for information on what manufacturers should know when considering demand response programs.

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Q&A: Benefits Of Sulfur Recovery

April 9, 2014 5:41 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

If not removed, sulfur remains in natural gas and refined petroleum products and when burned the sulfur compounds are emitted into the environment as sulfur dioxide, a precursor to acid rain. Gas and oil producers, processors and refiners use sulfur recovery units to reduce emissions and to ensure regulatory compliance.

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9 Tips To Build A Best In Class Safety Program To Impact Your Bottom Line

April 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc. | Comments

Creating a safe work environment with a focus on manufacturing safety is yet another variable in operations that has a major impact on bottom-line, service level, employee motivation, investor’s relations and brand image. So what is the key to ensure that there is a focus on manufacturing safety?

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For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have been credited with successfully removing most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kind

Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

April 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil | Comments

For food processors, pest control is a complex challenge. Though processors have successfully removed most agricultural pesticide residues before food products reach the marketplace, food processing itself can attract pests of all kinds. A variety of EPA-approved pesticides are available for use in processing facilities, but a better, long-term solution is to prevent infestation in the first place.

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5 Quick Questions: Putting Big Data To Work

March 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

What do you do with all that data once it’s available? Steve Wise, the Vice President of Statistical Methods at InfinityQS, recently sat down to discuss the best practices for implementing data-driven software and how manufacturers can most effectively use the information it provides.

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The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Cold Weather Won't Keep Chemical Equity Prices Down

March 28, 2014 1:00 am | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

While winter weather extremes continue to impact the economy, strengthening chemical equity prices drove solid gains in the American Chemistry Council’s monthly Chemical Activity Barometer. March’s reading featured a gain of 0.3% over February, rebounding past the average 0.2% gain in late 2013, and pointing to modest but continued growth in the U.S. economy.

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Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions in place and adequate training, severe injuries or death can occur. OSHA recently revised its Hazard Communication standard to adopt the Globally Harmoni

Debunking Hazard Communication Misconceptions

March 27, 2014 4:57 am | by CINTAS | Comments

Millions of employees are exposed to hazardous chemicals each year and without the proper precautions and adequate training severe injuries or death can occur. To help organizations navigate the recently revised HazCom requirements, we'll debunk six popular HazCom/GHS myths.

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Now that the Food and Drug Administration has the power to invoke mandatory recalls, as granted by the Food Safety Modernization Act, the speed and accuracy of your recall process has never been more important. The federal watchdog’s new teeth can be expe

How To Prepare For Mandatory Food Recalls

March 26, 2014 1:00 am | by Heather Angus-Lee | Comments

Now that the FDA has the power to invoke mandatory recalls, under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the speed and accuracy of the recall process has never been more important. The federal watchdog’s new teeth can be expected to leave their mark on more food companies, halting the distribution of suspect products — and that could affect your own supply chain.

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Pest Management Key To FSMA Compliance

March 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Missy Henriksen and Dr. Jim Fredericks, the National Pest Management Association | Comments

The first Food Safety Modernization Act deadline will force food facilities to evaluate their operations, implement and monitor measures to prevent contamination and develop an action plan to counter it. One of the best ways facilities can comply with this new rule is with a rigorous pest management program.

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OSHA's Top 10 Violations Of 2013 & How To Prevent Them

March 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

Each year, OSHA releases a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards violations. This year's list is almost identical to last year's, highlighting the need for greater attention to safety on the plant floor. Read on for some expert insight on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility in 2014.  

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Q&A: The FDA And Mandatory Recalls

March 19, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

With more news about food and beverage recalls, there’s a growing concern that the industry won’t be able to keep up with new regulation that allows the FDA to trigger mandatory recalls for food distributors. In order to get some more details on the rules and how companies are going to deal with the changes, we got in touch with Joe Scioscia, vice president of sales for VAI.

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California Announces First Three Green Chemistry 'Priority Products'

March 18, 2014 1:00 am | by By Peter Hsiao, William Tarantino, and Lois Miyashiro | Comments

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced its highly anticipated list of the first products and chemicals to be evaluated under the state’s innovative Safer Chemical Product regulations. Although DTSC had legal authority to regulate five products under the implementing regulations, they selected only three classes of products.   

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Making Compressed Air OSHA-Compliant

March 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Comments

On the plant floor, workers often find ways to get something done faster or more efficiently, but sometimes these shortcuts can run a company afoul of OSHA regulations. In operations where workers end up getting covered in dust, they might turn a compressed air gun at themselves, unfortunately this can be exceptionally dangerous.

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Counterfeit drug sales tarnish a pharmaceutical brand’s reputation and take a toll on sales, but more importantly, they carry major health risks for consumers. By enforcing a nationwide standard for track-and-trace measures, new legislation will streamlin

All Eyes On Safety & Brand Protection

March 13, 2014 1:00 am | by Julie Ackerman, Senior Director, PR and Communications; PMMI | Comments

Counterfeit drug sales tarnish a brand’s reputation and take a toll on sales, but more importantly, they carry major health risks for consumers. By enforcing a national standard for track-and-trace measures, new legislation will streamline compliance efforts. Fortunately for manufacturers, there are many technologies designed to make compliance simple and efficient.

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