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02/28/2012

Hazardous Waste Labels: Industry Standards vs. Regulations

The Hazardous Waste Label: It’s an industry standard, but not actually a Federal rule.
There is no official “EPA Hazardous Waste Label.” Instead, there are a handful of requirements from both the EPA and the DOT for marking and labeling hazardous waste containers before and during shipment. There are also many non-standardized commercial labels that meet some or...

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02/21/2012

New Limited Quantity Rules to Phase-out Consumer Commodities

If you ship limited quantities of hazmat, including consumer commodities, it’s important to learn the new procedures, because the DOT has already begun phasing out the old procedures. The phase-out period is planned for the end of next year. Shippers need to make sure they know how the new rules will affect their shipments...

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02/14/2012

Tier II Reporting: LEPCs and SERCs

Yes, it’s that time again! The annual hazardous chemical inventory report required under the EPCRA rules at 40 CFR 370 is due on March 1, 2012. The inventory reporting rule applies to any facility that is required to prepare or have available a material safety data sheet (MSDS) for a hazardous chemical under...

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02/14/2012

Federal Register Prints Flexibility Agendas

Yesterday, the Federal Register finally published the Fall 2011 Regulatory Flexibility Agendas, as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 USC 602). Compared to the Unified Agenda published last month (and discussed ), the Flexibility Agendas only include rules that have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (SEIOSNOSE) or are otherwise identified as significant rulemakings. Ever since the OMB took the lead on managing the agendas...

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02/07/2012

Question of the Week: Hearing Conservation

Q. We have a lot of machinery that give off noise. How do we know if we need some type of hearing loss program?
 
A. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects workers in the workplace from many hazards. One of the hazards that is often overlooked by employers is noise exposure, because you cannot...

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02/02/2012

FAA Reauthorization Imminent: New Rules for Lithium Batteries May be Affected

After years of temporary extensions, the House and Senate have agreed on legislation to reauthorize and make improvements to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
 
Among the many provisions in the conference report, Congress intends to curtail the Department of Transportation from creating or enforcing any regulations that restrict the transportation of...

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02/02/2012

PHMSA to Hold Public Meeting on Special Permits & Approvals

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will hold a public meeting to discuss the Special Permit and Approval program on February 29, 2012, in Washington D.C. Specifically, the meeting will discuss PHMSA’s work on developing an automated system for quantitatively assessing applicants fitness for Special Permits & Approvals. This meeting is the regulated...

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