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A Call for Inherently Safer Technology in the Chemical Industry

February 24, 2014 - Kestrel Management • dynaQ

Recently, the New York Times featured an article submitted by Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. In the article the Chairman cites a “relentless series of disasters and near-misses across the country” that are creating an “industrial chemical safety crisis.” He goes on to discuss the urgent need to significantly improve the safety of the nation’s chemical industry so chemical disasters, like the most recent spill in West Virginia, do not continue.

The Chemical Safety Board has long called on regulators to require inherently safer technology (i.e., safer designs, equipment and chemicals; modifying and simplifying processes). However, the Chairman points out that regulatory reform is difficult and time-consuming. In the interim, he is calling for more prevalent use of the U.S. EPA’s General Duty Clause in an effort to drive industry improvement and adoption of inherently safer technologies and methods.

Kestrel’s dynaQ™ software provides companies with some of this inherently safer technology. In addition to a robust collection of regulatory content, dynaQ™ features the following checklists to allow companies, which allow companies self-assess their safety and environmental compliance:

  • EPA Environmental Compliance
  • OSHA Safety Compliance (including OSHA 300)
  • Process Safety Management (PSM)

With the data generated, dynaQ™ enables users to initiate and track corrective and preventive actions, generate a variety of custom reports, and conveniently assess and track compliance with just one tool—streamlining and improving efficiency for compliance assurance.

Submitted by: Joseph Kunes

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