ChemStewards® News

  1. ChemStewards Q&A Page

    New topics posted on our Q&A Page. Help us spread the word and share best practices among fellow chemical industry folks. Take a moment to visit the site and send your comments/ feedbacks anonymously...

  2. Outstanding Line Up of Speakers at the 2017 National Chemical Safety Symposium

    ChemStewards will once again host the National Chemical Safety Symposium in Houston, TX, October 11-12. This meeting will focus on process safety, as well as feature discussions on legislative and regulatory issues impacting their businesses at the local, state and federal levels...
  3. A Closer Look into ChemStewards Performance Metrics

    An essential element of any environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) improvement program is the measure of existing and future performance, and capturing facility metrics year-to-year should be standard...
  4. Increased Importance Placed on Process Safety

    Over the past several years, process safety has become increasingly important, especially in the chemical industry. Today companies, both large and small, put a premium on improving their process safety performance. As an advocate of process safety, ChemStewards® believes its importance to the individual, organization and community should be understood by all employees. And, everyone should have an awareness of his/her responsibilities with respect to their process safety performance...

  5. ChemStewards Announces New Excellence Tier Application Process

    Washington, D.C. - ChemStewards®, the environmental, health, safety and security management program for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), is pleased to announce a new process for members applying for the program's highest honor, the Excellence Tier.

  6. Department of Homeland Security CFATS Update

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided a Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) update at a recent meeting of the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council. According to DHS, 2,700 Site Security Plans (SSPs) have been approved, and 90 percent of what DHS is doing in the field is compliance inspections... 
  7. Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety

    The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. One remarkable thing about the list... 

  8. ChemStewards New Excellence Tier Application Process Is Now Open

    We are excited to announce that we have updated the requirements for the Tier III Excellence level.  Previously, certain metrics were required in order to achieve this standard. Now all our members can voluntarily apply for the Excellence Tier III.  This new process will allow members to include their own company metrics for consideration in a particular excellence category in addition to sharing best practices...

  9. Final Rule Clarifies Recordkeeping Obligations

    The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that clarifies an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness. Effective January 18, the new final rule more...

  10. Final Rule on Beryllium Lowers Exposure Levels, Will Protect 62,000 Workers

    An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule issued January 6 dramatically lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a useful metal that can be hazardous to workers when particles are inhaled through dust or fumes during processing. The new standards, which apply to general industry...
  11. EPA Proposes Ban of Trichloroethylene in Vapor-Degreasing Applications

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to ban the use of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used in vapor degreasing. The proposed rule was issued under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act...

  12. Final Amendments to the Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule

    The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) final revisions to the Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions under 40 CFR 68, also known as the Risk Management Program (RMP), were published in last Friday’s Federal Register. The revisions are intended to improve elements of the RMP, enhance emergency preparedness, and ensure that local emergency response officials and the public have the necessary information to adequately prepare for an emergency...
  13. Major TSCA Framework Rules Expected Soon

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to propose two major Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) framework rules over the next couple of weeks. One of the rules involves the procedures for identifying high-priority chemicals for risk-evaluation. The other rule involves the procedure for doing the actual risk-evaluation...
  14. 2017 National Chemical Safety Symposium – hosted by ChemStewards

    Mark your calendars now for SOCMA's National Chemical Safety Symposium - Hosted by ChemStewards®, set for October 11 and 12 in Houston, TX. The symposium will once again focus on process safety, as well as feature discussions on legislative and regulatory issues impacting the specialty chemical industry...

  15. ChemStewards to Use New Process to Identify Excellence Tier

    An exciting change is in the works for the ChemStewards® Excellence Tier 3 determination. We are reinventing the system of identifying facilities that qualify for Tier 3. The new process will be more customized and allow members to showcase their own metrics where they excel...
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