RENO — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that effective in August employers must update their hazard communication programs and labeling systems to be in sync with the new Global Harmonization System.
The new requirements capitalize on the safety of those handling, transporting or storing chemicals. From 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 24, TMCC’s Safety Center will expand its safety education to local businesses by hosting a two-hour workshop and discussion panel that will take a further look at the new requirements, the effect they will have on businesses and how businesses can remain in compliance with the new requirements.
“TMCC is a strong member of the northern Nevada community and the Safety Center is doing its part to keep business members informed of new requirements,” said Scott Alquist, program manager for TMCC’s safety center. “This workshop and panel discussion will provide the fundamental knowledge businesses will need in order to continue operating their business safely. “
The program requires new methods for the classification of pure chemicals and mixtures, a standardized 16-section Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and a specialized labeling system that includes signal words and symbols. The chemical classification system will now be divided into three succinct categories: physical hazards, health hazards and environmental hazards. Each category is then broken down into additional sub categories. This system of grouping allows for more detail and, therefore safer handling, shipping and storage practices. Under the new requirements, the normal nine section MSDS will be unacceptable and replaced with a 16-section format that will affect shippers, manufacturers and companies that produce their own mixtures.
The event will include a two-hour workshop and panel discussion followed by lunch and a networking session. Event pre-registration is required and the cost is $65 per person. To register, visit www.tmcc.edu/wdce. For more information, contact Alquist at 857-4958 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book drive to support literacy at Echo Loder
RENO — With a mission to build and expand the home libraries of its students, Echo Loder Elementary School held a community-wide book drive Thursday. The Fill the Truck event is the largest book drive in the school’s unique reading campaign called the Just One Campaign.
“We are not only encouraging our children to read more through this campaign, but we also are helping to build their home libraries so they have the tools to continue to improve in reading,” Echo Loder Principal Chad Hicks said. “Our goal is ensure every child in our school has 25 books at home and we want to be able to expand their individual libraries by 25 books every year.”
New or gently-used books were collected at the A&W restaurant on the corner of Plumb and Kietzke lanes.
In addition to expanding the number of books readily available to students at home, the Just One Campaign asks students to commit to reading and encourages dialogue with family members about what they are reading.
Beginning in August, Echo Loder also will be hosting several “read in” opportunities, in which students and their parents can learn more about the campaign and ways to improve literacy.