• 4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Try to Do Everything

    America is built on the backs of the so-called “self-made” individual – the penniless immigrant who dies a railroad baron, the intrepid pioneer who tamed the savage West.  They dominate our history...
  • OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program Helps Small Businesses Establish Safety and Health Programs

    Employers can find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their occupational safety and health management system, and qualify for an exemption from scheduled Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement inspections when they request assistance from the agency’s free, confidential, and voluntary On-Site Consultation Program...
  • 7 Things Millennials Do That You Should Too

    First off, I hate the word ‘millennials.’  It makes them sound either like they were born on the millennium, which would make them all 14, or on the Millennium Falcon, which would make them imaginary.  Fortunately for me, I’m pretty sure you hate the word too.  I just put it in the title because it’s a popular keyword, and I’m a slave to Internet algorithms...
  • The Two Pieces of Effective Leadership

    As you may already know, employee surveys have shown for the last several years that over two-thirds of us are disengaged at work. Twenty percent of us are actively disengaged, which means we hate our jobs and are encouraging our colleagues to hate their jobs – and that 20% alone costs over $500 billion every year in lost productivity.  
  • After 10 Years, CFATS a Cornerstone of America’s Chemical Security

    Last month, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program turned 10 years old. It is now clear that, with every year that goes by, the CFATS program becomes more mature. 
  • ChemTrends Sessions to Highlight SOCMA's 96th Annual Dinner in New York City

    2017 has been a banner year for our specialty chemical manufacturers, with many SOCMA member companies having their most successful years to date. We cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate the industry's success on December 4, at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in New York!
  • Symposium Discussions Reinforce Importance of Creating Safety Culture

    From keynote speakers Vanessa Sutherland, Chairwoman of the Chemical Safety Board, and Dr. M. Sam Mannan, Regents Professor and Director of the Mary K. O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, to a host of panelists, the key message throughout the 2017 National Chemical Safety Symposium was the importance of creating a safety culture in chemical facilities and addressing the challenges faced by small and medium-sized companies. 
  • The One Area of Your Life Technology Will Never Improve

    I’m certain that while I write this paragraph, I’m going to make a mistake. There will be a word I don’t like, or a phrase, or maybe I’ll realize halfway through that I’m just not saying things the way I want to. So I’ll mash my pinky finger on the ‘Backspace’ key and start over like nothing happened.  
  • Evaluating Risk of Chemical Substances under New EPA Regulations for TSCA

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its final rule on the risk evaluation process for chemical substances. The rule, which became effective September 18, says there are two ways for a chemical to be evaluated: either if labeled as high-priority in accordance with the prioritization process, or if a manufacturer requests that a chemical be evaluated under §702.37. Additionally, the rule says it is a criminal sanction to fraudulently request that a chemical be evaluated under §702.37, ultimately putting an end to manufacturers requesting the evaluation of their competitors’ chemicals...
  • CFATS: Re-Tiering Implementation Update for High-Risk Chemical Facilities

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program began implementation of the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0 and the enhanced tiering methodology nearly one year ago. 
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