Category Archives: Health and Safety

Safety: a Workplace Priority

Safety in the workplace is one of those things that is often taken for granted. No one goes to work thinking that they’ll have an accident or injury that prevents them from going home at the end of their shift. Unfortunately, workplace accidents are very much a reality. OSHA states that 5,147 workers were killed […]

Dress for Success: The Importance of PPE

Not every workplace is the same.  For many employees, functionality supersedes style when it comes to the garments they wear on the job.  Clothing that is durable and comfortable is a must for employees whose work is vigorous or dirty.  In some industries, the outerwear we use doesn’t just make our jobs easier; it saves […]

Asbestos Key Facts

Asbestos has been a common word in the public sphere for many years.  It’s widely known that Asbestos poses a risk to the public health but asbestos has a long and complicated history that many people at risk of exposure may not be aware of.  The following are a few important facts to know about […]

GHS Hazard Pictograms

The Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication (GHS) is a set of standards for the labeling of chemical products and identifying the hazards associated with them.  GHS was adopted by the United Nations as a universal system to promote the safe transportation, use and storage of hazardous materials.  In 2009, the Occupational Health and Safety […]

Medical Waste: Storage and Disposal

Healthcare facilities are a common sight across the landscape and are essential to the health and well-being of the public.  These facilities produce many types of waste during the process of treating patients.  These facilities will commonly generate municipal solid waste, hazardous waste and radioactive waste, along with a type of waste specific to healthcare […]

The Dangers of Oxidizers

Many people have seen the symbol for oxidizing agents at one time or another.  It can be found on pails of pool chlorine, bags of fertilizer, crates of hydrogen peroxide and bottles of household bleach as well as the trucks that transport them.  The flaming “O” on a yellow background is easily recognizable but may […]

Hazardous Chemicals and Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets (also known as Material Safety Data Sheets) are a common sight in workplaces across the country but some employees may still be unaware of what an SDS is and how it affects them.  OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard requires them to be made available to employees of businesses that work with or otherwise […]

Federal Agencies Involved in HazMat Response

There are millions of chemical products that are used for industrial and consumer applications.  These chemicals are used all across the country in processes that range from growing apples to manufacturing zippers.  These products play a crucial role in our economy but misuse or mishandling of chemicals can lead to severe consequences for human health […]

Women in the HAZMAT Industry

When Protect Environmental was founded in 1996, the mission statement was simple, “The absolute best job for the absolute best price”. Since then we have seen what has typically been a male dominated industry allow more women into its ranks. Protect has never had this problem, as it was founded and co-owned by a woman […]