This project provides businesses, manufacturing facilities, labs, and other users of hazardous materials with 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. For more information, contact Tiffany Skogstrom at (617) 626-1086.
Guide Chemical Safety and Climate Change Preparedness Resources for Businesses
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How Climate Change Can Impact Your Company
Without proper planning, companies that use or store hazardous chemicals can unknowingly pose public health and environmental safety risks to communities when critical infrastructure is damaged due to the severe weather events associated with:
- heat waves,
- intense storms,
- blizzards or
- power outages.
Infrastructure damage and power failure can result in:
- forced downtime,
- loss of productivity,
- harm to workers,
- harm to first responders, and
- harm your surrounding community.
OTA's Map and Technical Assistance
Free and Confidential Technical Assistance
Your company can take advantage of OTA’s free and confidential technical assistance to reduce risks of severe weather-related industrial accidents.
OTA’s staff of chemists and engineers can provide a second set of eyes for:
- chemical compatibility and storage,
- waste reduction,
- pollution prevention strategies,
- energy conservation strategies,
- toxics use reduction as it relates to your company’s severe weather contingency plans.
Map of Massachusetts Toxics Users and Climate Vulnerability Factors
You can use OTA’s Map of Massachusetts Toxics Users and Climate Vulnerability Factors to see if your facility is at risk to floods, hurricanes, or near sensitive areas to assist you with contingency planning.
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.
For more information, contact Tiffany Skogstrom, (617) 626-1086, Tiffany.Skogstrom@Mass.Gov
Additional Resources for OTA's Map and Technical Assistance
Business Emergency and Continuity Planning
Participate in Your Local or Regional Emergency Planning Committee (L/REPC)
Emergency Planning Committees are responsible for protecting their communities from incidents involving hazardous materials. This involves developing emergency response plans and educating the community about chemical facilities and the actions that could be taken if there is a chemical accident.
Facilities that use and store large quantities of chemical are expected to support and participate in L/REPC and to develop emergency response plans.
OTA Chemical Safety & Climate Change Resiliency Curriculum and Training Materials
OTA and partnering Regional Planning Agency and industry experts held 7 statewide workshops between March and April of 2018. Businesses and Massachusetts facilities that use or store hazardous chemicals were invited to attend.
Workshop Resources and Tools
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.
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
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.