With so many eco friendly and green alternative activists, regulatory agencies, and watchdog groups and organizations all over the United States, it definitely has become harder for businesses and corporations who conduct unsafe and hazardous disposal methods to get away with such laziness and duplicity. However, no matter how many organizations rise up to ensure the safety of the planet, some businesses still get away with polluting the environment, whether it be intentional or unrealized. Unfortunately, the correct answer to the question posed: “Is water pollution still a problem in the U.S.?” is yes.
Look no further than a water pollution issue that took place just recently with a company called Cooper Power Systems, which incurred a chemical spill at its facility in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that injured seven employees. The unfortunate incident involved a spill of over fifteen gallons of acid from a pressurized hose. To add insult to injury, of those people who were exposed to the spill, they became injured because the powers that be at Cooper Power Systems performed cleanup duties of a dangerous chemical that were not befitting the health and safety needs and standards. Because those workers had not been trained to handle a chemical spill, nor did they have the needed and required protective gear to shield themselves form the chemical, they became needlessly injured – a horrible result that could have been prevented. It was only after this unsettling circumstance took place that Cooper Power Systems the necessary corrective actions to clean up the spill. Due to negligence and failure to protect its workers, along with the environment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known by their acronym, OSHA, found Cooper Power Systems guilty of committing several indecent practices, and levied a fine of $166,000.
It is unfortunate that even in our present society, where an onus is put in safety protocol and protective the environment as best we can, there are companies out there who continue to fail holding their ethical standards to the rules and regulations set forth by federal regulatory agencies. Luckily, for those of us who care about our planet and out fellow human beings, there are companies around, such as Ecolink who look for ways to help companies like Cooper manage and understand the chemicals they use. Ecolink works to present companies with eco friendly, green alternative solutions that can often replace the hazardous chemical compounds still in use by the company.
If your business is looking for ways to improve chemical management, contact Ecolink to learn how to reduce, reuse, and in some cases even recycle your industrial chemicals. Ecolink experts can help your company transition to chemical solutions that will help keep your workers safer. Smart businesses will evaluate their chemicals to discover safer choices to avoid accidents, lawsuits, fines, and potential injuries that might certainly be prevented.