Category Archives: Environmental issues

Aerosols: A Universal Waste?

by Jake Thorson, CHMM, CHESS Inc. Do you spray aerosols at your facility? Brake cleaner? Paint? Lubricants? If you do, how do you dispose of them? If you are at a facility in Minnesota and puncture your aerosol cans to … Continue reading

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Spray cans

We use them all the time, and then, when they’re empty or stop working, we often throw them in the trash without a second thought. But is that the right thing to do? Most spray cans (aerosol cans, to give … Continue reading

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Wild Parsnip

Summer brings out the best in Minnesota–mosquitoes, wasps, poison ivy and wild parsnip. I did not know about wild parsnip until a few years ago, when Janet told me about it. Fortunately, I have not had a personal encounter with … Continue reading

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Heat: It’ll come around again

I was in Las Vegas at the end of June for the American Society of Safety Engineers conference (that’s another blog).  On the day I left the temperature was supposed to get to 115 degrees F.  Walking outside was like … Continue reading

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An Emerging Workplace Threat: MRSA

The threat of MRSA, a very nasty resilient infection (which led to the amputation of our father’s leg) is very real.  The cost of having an employee seen by a physician (preferably an occupational health physician) is miniscule compared to … Continue reading

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Xcel discontinues VSQG collection

According to the Ramsey County Hazardous Waste program: Xcel Energy is discontinuing their self-service fluorescent lamp collection, PCB services and their Very Small Quantity Generator (VSQG) Collection site.  The vendor list has been updated and is now available here.   

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Hazard Alert Regarding Snow Removal

As we post this, the Twin Cities are getting their first serious dose of snow so it is not hard to think about snow removal from rooftops.  This is a serious hazard.  Here is an OSHA Hazard Alert on the … Continue reading

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Beat the Heat: Work, rest, shade

A friend of mine recently worked first aid at the MS150 bike ride in Minnesota. It was in the 90s with up to 30 mph winds–not the best conditions for a bike ride.  Those weather conditions led to a lot … Continue reading

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Free safety assistance in Minnesota

While we would love every company to hire us, we realize that resources (financial and personnel) are limited.  Best to spend your dollars and time wisely.  In Minnesota there are several non-enforcement resources available to small businesses: Fire assistance: Your … Continue reading

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Wild Parsnip-nasty stuff in your garden, on the road

Wild parsnip, is a plant that grows along the side of roadways and in open areas, including gardens.  It probably looks familiar. It causes “phyto-photodermatitis:” Its sap plus sunlight will make your skin redden and blister.  One client employee told … Continue reading

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