Employers should be in full compliance with HazCom 2012

The Hazardous Communication Standard which was revised by OSHA to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals has reached the final compliance deadline.

Midwest Environmental Services is aware of the June 1, 2016 date employers should be fully compliant with the revised standards. That includes making any necessary updates to their HazCom program, training employees on any newly identified chemical hazards, and updating safety data sheets libraries and secondary labels.

Midwest Environmental Services provides training to help employers understand and comply with the new standard.

For more information regarding HazCom 2012 please contact the Midwest Environmental Service’s Safety Director at 502-491-0991.


OSHA issued a final rule to increase protection for construction workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on May 1, 2015 issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces.

Midwest Environmental Services, Inc. has taken the necessary actions to ensure that all requirements, in the general and construction industry have been met. The rule will provide construction workers with protections similar to those in manufacturing and general industry, which has been established for the past two decades, with some differences tailored specifically to the construction industry.

Midwest Environmental Services, Inc. has successfully provided confined space services for over three decades and looks forward in supporting these new protections to keep our customers and employees safe.

Please feel free to contact Midwest Environmental Services Inc. Consulting Service Division at 502-491-0991 for any questions you have regarding confined space training or services requiring confined space entry.

Exit signs may contain radioactive materials

Exit signs that glow in the dark often contain a radioactive gas called tritium. These signs do not require electricity or batteries and can be used where it is hard to install electrical signs. There are a couple of ways to know whether an exit sign contains tritium. When the lights are off, tritium will make the word EXIT glow green or red. Also, the sign should have a permanent warning label that mentions tritium – radioactive material.

These signs pose little or no threat to public health or safety but proper disposal is required because a damaged sign could contaminate the immediate area and result in expensive cleanup cost.
Midwest Environmental Services can provide safe and secure disposal to those unwanted or end of life signs to meet the complex regulatory requirements. Midwest Environmental Services, with our extensive network of outlets, has the knowledge and resources for proper disposal.

Please contact Midwest Environmental Services at 513-681-9990 to learn more about exit sign management.

Facilities are frequently cited by OSHA for Industrial Truck Violations

The 6th most frequently cited OSHA standard in fiscal year 2013 (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013) was Powered Industrial Trucks, General Industry (29 CFR 1910.178).

It is a violation of Federal law for anyone UNDER 18 years of age to operate a forklift or for anyone OVER 18 years of age to operate a forklift who is not properly trained and certified. Midwest Environmental Services recognizes that individuals without the training and certification may operate a powered industrial truck only under the direct supervision of persons who have the necessary knowledge, training, and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their proficiency.

Determining the best way to protect workers from injury largely depends on worksite conditions and the type of industrial truck being operated. Midwest Environmental Services suggests that employers ensure the operator is competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely, as demonstrated by the successful completion of training and evaluation specified in the regulations.

Midwest Environmental Services offers training consisting of:

  • Formal instruction including lecture, discussion, interactive computer learning, video tape and written material
  • Practical training including demonstrations performed by the trainer and practical exercises performed by the trainee
  • Evaluation of the trainee’s skill level during operation to verify competent equipment control

Contact Midwest Environmental Services at 800-388-5160 or our Consulting Services Division at 502-491-0991, and inquire about how Midwest can assist you in avoiding citations and penalties.