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Guide Chemical Safety and Climate Change Preparedness Resources for Businesses

Through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) is conducting Chemical Safety and Climate Change Preparedness workshops in partnership with Regional Planning Agencies. These workshops will give hazardous materials users (businesses, manufacturing facilities, labs, etc.) tools to prepare for severe weather events, comply with emergency planning requirements, and incorporate toxics use reduction into their emergency plans to avoid potential chemical releases or accidents.

Spring 2018 Workshop Dates and Locations

Find a training

Thursday, March 1, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
50 Warren St., Lowell, MA 01852

If you RSVP, please take a moment to complete this Pre-Training Survey.

RSVP with Katrina Garavanian at 978-454-8021 x111, kgaravanian@nmcog.org
Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG)

Friday, March 2, 2018
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
IBEW Local 223, 
475 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA, 02780

If you RSVP, please take a moment to complete this Pre-Training Survey.

RSVP with Bill Napolitano at bnap@srpedd.org or Don Sullivan at dsullivan@srpedd.org or 508-824-1367
Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
North Central Career Center,
100 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453

If you RSVP, please take a moment to complete this Pre-Training Survey

RSVP with Karen Chapman, 978-345-7376 x320, kchapman@mrpc.org
Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Northern Essex Community College,
Haverhill, MA 01830

If you RSVP, please take a moment to complete this Pre-Training Survey

RSVP with Joe Cosgrove, 978-374-0519, jcosgrove@mvpc.org
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Holyoke War Memorial Building
310 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

If you RSVP, please take a moment to complete this Pre-Training Survey.

RSVP with Corrin Meise-Munns, 413-781-6045, cmeisemunns@pvpc.org
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
John W. Olver Transit Center, 1st Floor Meeting Room,
12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA 01301

If you RSVP, please take a moment to complete this Pre-Training Survey

RSVP with Greg Lewis, 413-774-3167 x 155, glewis@frcog.org
Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG)

Thursday, April 12, 2018
9:30 a.m.
Charlton Public Library,
40 Main Street, Charlton, MA 01507

If you RSVP, please take a moment to complete this Pre-Training Survey

RSVP with Adam Menard, 508-459-3344, amenard@cmrpc.org
Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC)

About the Spring 2018 Workshops

Who should attend? Workshop topics
  • Businesses and industries that use or store hazardous materials
  • Business owners
  • Facility managers
  • Environment, health and safety (EHS) managers
  • Facility operators and workers
  • Consultants
  • Toxics use reduction planners
  • Emergency planning regulatory review
  • Engaging with your Local or Regional Emergency Planning Committee
  • Toxics use reduction to reduce risks of dangerous industrial accidents
  • Lessons from local chemical incidents and Hurricane Harvey
  • Local and regional resources (funding, training, free technical assistance)

To get announcements of new workshop dates and updated workshop information:

  1. Subscribe to the Chemical Safety and Climate Change Preparedness email list
  2. Follow OTA on Twitter @Mass_OTA

Trainings are co-hosted by OTA and Massachusetts regional planning agencies in partnership with Local and Regional Emergency Planning Committees. For more information on this project, contact Tiffany Skogstrom, (617) 626-1086, Tiffany.Skogstrom@State.MA.US

OTA Resources for Businesses

When infrastructure fails due to heat waves, flooding, intense storms, power outages and other severe weather events, businesses that use hazardous materials are at risk of accidents or releasing chemicals into the surrounding environment. OTA will assist businesses with implementing toxics use reduction to prevent climate change weather-related industrial accidents.

OTA can help you:

  • Assess your business' climate change vulnerability
  • Provide expertise and training on state and federal environmental regulations
  • Provide expertise and training on toxic chemicals
  • Ensure that your facility is in compliance with emergency planning regulations
  • Reduce liability by reducing your use and storage of toxic or hazardous chemicals

OTA Climate Change Resources for Businesses

For more information on this project, contact Tiffany Skogstrom, (617) 626-1086, Tiffany.Skogstrom@State.MA.US

Additional Resources

Toxics Use Reduction Resources and Grants

Free Technical Assistance and Lab Services

OTA offers free and confidential assistance to all Massachusetts businesses where toxic chemicals are used or stored, or where there are opportunities for water or energy conservation. OTA’s staff of engineers and chemists can help your company be prepared for severe weather through toxics use reduction or simply storing or using your chemicals in a more efficient way.

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute's Cleaning Laboratory tests the performance of both industrial and janitorial cleaning products to encourage companies, institutions, and product formulators to choose and develop safer substitutes.

Toxics Use Reduction Grants

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) offers pollution prevention grants to Massachusetts businesses to help businesses reduce their use of toxic chemicals. 

Find information on TURI industry grants.

Find information of TURI small business grants.

Toxics Use Reduction Planning and Resource Conservation Training

TURI provides education and training for toxics use reduction, resource conservation, and environmental management systems. Take advantage of the many education and training sessions that will help your company reduce toxics and conserve resources.

Find information on TURI conferences, workshops and webinars.

Worker Safety Grants and Training Resources

TNEC at UMass Lowell

The New England Consortium-Civil Service Employee Association (TNEC-CSEA) is a worker health and safety training program based at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Climate change impacts are increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events and TNEC-CSEA has developed courses and curriculum that address post-storm recovery, clean up and resiliency. Programs can be offered on-site and at our training center for public agencies and private companies.

Massachusetts OSHA Consultation Program

The Department of Labor Standards (DLS) OSHA Consultation Program helps employers recognize and control potential safety and health hazards at their worksites, improve their safety and health program, and assist in training employees. It is a confidential service in which your firm's name, and any other information you provide and any unsafe or unhealthy working conditions found, will not be reported routinely to the OSHA inspection staff.

Workplace Safety Training Grants

The Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) offers Workplace Safety Training Grants to fun workplace safety training. The goal of this highly successful program is to promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace through training, education, and other preventative programs.

Mapping Facility Vulnerability to Severe Weather

OTA developed this Map of Massachusetts Toxics Users and Climate Vulnerability Factors.

Map Instructions:

  1. Type in an address into the search bar on the top right of the map.
  2. Click on the "Layers" drop down menu to change the displayed information.
  3. For assistance navigating or intepreting this map, contact OTA.

Data layers include:

  • Tier II facilities in Massachusetts
  • Flood zones
  • Hurricane zones
  • Active railways
  • Underground storage tank locations
  • Dams
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