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February 15th, 2018

Carrie Decatur

Hazards Not Otherwise Classified: One Person’s Trash Is Another’s HNOC

When I started my career, I was the safety coordinator at a manufacturing site. My manager at the time referred to it as the “garbage can job.” It wasn’t because she thought safety was garbage or anything like that. What she meant was that when a task didn’t fit well anywhere else, it was thrown […]

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February 7th, 2018

James Tehrani

Flu Season Can Lead to an Unhealthy Amount of Operational Risk

As I’m writing this first sentence, I’ve heard two coughs, a sniffle and the sound of a throat being cleared coming from a nearby cubicle. It’s difficult to go out these days without running into someone who is under the weather; it’s been that bad. The deadly flu viruses currently making their way across most […]

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February 2nd, 2018

ISO Standards Update

ISO 45001 Gets Official Greenlight, Expected in March

ISO 45001 is officially on the way. On Jan. 31, the International Organization for Standardization announced on its Twitter feed that the final draft of ISO 45001, which focuses on occupational health and safety was approved with 93 percent of the votes. As was previously announced, the new standards are expected to be published in […]

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January 19th, 2018

Sphera Learning

Training Time: Check Out Our Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Your train is about to enter the station. At Sphera we are committed to ensuring our customers get the training they need to properly use and manage their solutions. That’s why we schedule regular training sessions for our clients—some in person and some via the web. We encourage our customers to take full advantage of […]

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January 17th, 2018

Rosemary Feiter

Safety Data Sheet Authoring: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

It’s what’s inside that matter when it comes to substances. The most important part of building a compliant Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is appropriately assessing the hazards associated with the substances within the product mixture. A solid scientific background and experience in Environmental Health & Safety regulations is a prerequisite for the preparation of compliant […]

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January 9th, 2018

Francis Trudeau

The Transparency Transformation Enters the Fragrances and Flavors Arena

This article originally appeared in the winter/spring edition of Safety Decisions magazine. You’ve heard the saying, “What they don’t know won’t hurt them,” right? In the world of flavors and fragrances, that isn’t necessarily true. In 2016, for instance, Mother Jones magazine detailed the breathing difficulties that one New York-based library scientist said she had every […]

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December 27th, 2017

James Tehrani

Sphera Safety Day Offers a Lot of Insights—Fermi and for You

At Sphera, we’re always focused on learning—and this is especially true when it involves risk mitigation. That’s why, for Sphera’s inaugural Safety Day, Spherions from the Chicago office visited Fermilab, the particle physics and accelerator laboratory in nearby Batavia, Illinois, while colleagues from other offices participated in a host of other safety-related endeavors around the […]

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December 21st, 2017

James Tehrani

Sphera’s Year in Review: Looking Back at Highlights From 2017

While we at Sphera are always looking forward, as the year comes to a close, it’s also nice to take a quick look back on what we have accomplished over the year. In this blog we’ll go through some of the highlights from 2017. We look forward to continuing this momentum next year and beyond, […]

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December 11th, 2017

Paul Marushka

A Safety-First Culture Requires Integrated Risk Management

Compliance is a very important thing, but it’s far from the only thing when it comes to true Operational Excellence. It takes a true integrated risk management strategy to ensure your organization is performing safely, efficiently and profitably. When properly planned and executed, an integrated risk management plan can appropriately balance all of these factors. […]

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