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Hazardous chemicals present potential physical and/or health threats to teachers, students and other district staff. While school laboratories typically use small quantities of hazardous chemicals, the wide range of chemicals includes acutely toxic, carcinogenic (cancer causing) and reproductive hazards, as well as chemicals that are reactive, corrosive, flammable or have other hazardous properties. The teachers and students who directly handle these chemicals will be back at school soon.

As building owners and managers begin planning for re-occupancy of shutdown or reduced operation buildings, it is critical to address the risk of COVID-19 and other hazardous exposures to building occupants.  Five key categories of risk and recommended steps are outlined below.


Limiting Mercury Hazards from Rubber-Like Floors

Spring construction season is upon us and many of our construction clients are gearing up for a busy year. While productivity is always a key concern, keep in mind that falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination and extension) are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries. To re-state the obvious - Injured workers are not productive workers!

We strongly recommend that you ignore environmental health and safety issues! 

That is if you want to:

  • be unaware of potential employee exposures/risks
  • increase the potential of an OSHA complaint and/or inspection
  • blindly manage your risk prevention program without relevant data
  • gamble with your regulatory compliance and licensing status

We know from experience that clinical laboratories with well planned and implemented environmental health and safety programs can: