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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 a Chemical Safety and Climate Change Preparedness project in partnership with Regional Planning Agencies. This project 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.

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

 

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

Additional Resources for OTA Resources for Businesses

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.

FEMA Business Continuity Plan

"When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A business continuity plan to continue business is essential. Ready Business will assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards."

FEMA Business Continuity Plan

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 Massachusetts 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.

Additional Resources for Mapping Facility Vulnerability to Severe Weather

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