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Starting in February 2015, businesses that ship lithium batteries must comply with new US DOT standards for preparing shipments or risk fines up to $75,000 per day, per violation. The new regulations change nearly every step of the shipping process, including classification, marking, labeling, and filling out shipping papers.

Transporting materials by vessel is a dangerous business. Incidents are not uncommon and can threaten the cargo and crew. Rogue waves and human error can be a hazard in themselves; adding dangerous goods to the mix can be a recipe for disaster. Identifying dangerous goods and communicating their hazards to port and vessel personnel is vital...

On November 25, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially proposed new regulation to lower the acceptable amount of ground-level ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. Ozone—a major component of smog—is one of six "criteria pollutants" for which EPA sets National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), along with carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen oxides,..

It's been nearly three years since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its Hazard Communication Standard to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) requirements. Officially published on March 26, 2012...

In the US, enforcing laws and regulations involves a balancing act between the Federal government and individual State governments. When it comes to hazardous waste management, states have the authority to impose standards stricter than the Federal government's. As a result...

Washington D.C.—The US Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA), under court order to produce a new Clean Air Act (CAA) standard for ozone before 2015, recently sent its proposed standard to the White House for approval... 

Shippers who offer hazmat for air transport must follow specific international regulations. For US shippers, these air rules go above and beyond the basic requirements of Title 49 of the US Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) for ground shipments. The majority of these hazmat air rules comes from two organizations: ICAO and IATA. Knowing the difference between these organizations and their standards...

About 44 percent of the US population rely on groundwater for their drinking water supply, according to the National Groundwater Association. To protect human health, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish acceptable quality standards for public drinking water supplies and programs...

As winter approaches, employers should be ready to protect workers from "cold stress," the primary environmental hazard workers face in colder months. "Cold stress" can result in frostbite, hypothermia, and trench foot, all of which are all caused by uncontrolled reductions in body temperature...

Natural disasters, fires, industrial accidents, and other calamities are tragic. When hazardous waste is involved, these tragedies can be catastrophic. Because these events can happen without warning, the US EPA requires large quantity generators...

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