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04/23/2013

How to Dispose of 2-Part Epoxy Solutions

What Is an Epoxy Solution?
 
Epoxy resins are common in many industries, and disposing of them under RCRA rules can be complicated. Epoxy-based resins are two-part solutions created by combining an epoxy with a hardener or “cureative.” When combined, these materials create...

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04/19/2013

Revised Hazmat Registration Fees

Due to the accumulation of an unexpended balance in the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Fund, PHMSA is temporarily halving the hazmat registration fee.
 
For the 2013-2014 registration period, PHMSA is lowering the fee for small businesses and non-profits, from...

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04/16/2013

Hazmat Registrations Are Due by June 30th

Department of Transportation hazmat registrations for the 2013-2014 year are due by June 30! Any business that will offer even one placarded hazmat shipment this year must register with the DOT.
 
Registrations must be updated annually, and the registration period runs from July 1st to June 30th of the following year. Your registration tells the...

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04/09/2013

Take Advantage of NPDES Permitting Reliefs

Industrial facilities at which “stormwater associated with industrial activity” is discharged are generally required by the U.S. EPA to obtain an NPDES permit, follow strict regulations, and keep exacting records.
 
To avoid the permit requirement, EHS professionals can take advantage of an available relief known as...

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04/02/2013

Understanding and Calculating DART

Last month, OSHA issued letters to employers whose Days Away, Restricted and Transferred (DART) rates are above average for their industry sector. DART is a measurement of workplace injuries and illnesses that result in time away from work, restricted job roles, or permanent transfers to new positions. To calculate a company’s DART rate...

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04/02/2013

What to Expect from an OSHA Inspection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is tasked with protecting employees in the workplace from the many hazards they face. As such, OSHA has the authority to inspect employers’ facilities to ensure that they are correctly following all applicable safety standards [29 CFR 1903]. Should an OSHA inspector find a facility in non-compliance, he or she may assign...

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