ChemStewards® News

  1. 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... 
  2. 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... 

  3. ChemStewards Members are encouraged to submit Annual Performance Metrics

    The ChemStewards Portal is now open for submission of annual performance metrics starting March 1, 2017.  The ChemStewards Portal will give you access to submit the following metrics...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...
  6. 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...

  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...

  10. 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...
  11. ChemStewards Honors 2016 Performance Improvement Award Winners

    ChemStewards® honored 2016 Performance Improvement Awards winners this month during SOCMA’s 95th Annual Dinner in New York City...
  12. Almost 100 Attend ChemStewards Regional Roundtables

    This year’s regional roundtable meeting brought together almost 100 SOCMA members to share best practices, share current EHS&S trends...
  13. ChemStewards Issues 3rd Company Newsletter Template

    ChemStewards just released the third edition of its quarterly Company Newsletter template. The latest edition is packed with information from Government Regulations, chemical industry news and the latest from SOCMA and ChemStewards...
  14. An Updated ChemStewards Web Portal

    Just two years after unveiling the ChemStewards Portal, an efficient environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) management system, 99 percent of SOCMA members are submitting their metrics through the portal and have been complimentary of the new tool...

  15. EPA Adds Subsurface Intrusion to the Superfund Hazard Ranking System

    EPA Adds Subsurface Intrusion to the Superfund Hazard Ranking System
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized a proposal to expand the hazards that qualify sites for the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). EPA assesses sites using the Hazard Ranking System (HRS), which quantifies negative impacts to air, groundwater, surface water and soil...
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