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01/28/2014

Simplify Your Approach to Waste ID

Identifying hazardous waste and assigning waste codes is one of the most complex responsibilities in waste management. Many factors need to be considered when making this determination, including the waste’s properties, the hazards it poses, and even the industry in which it was generated.

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01/21/2014

Protecting Your Packages from Incidents in Transit

The bottles, cans, jars, and test tubes inside of your combination packaging must remain closed when they are subject to shocks, vibrations, and changes in temperature and pressure during transportation. A box rattling along a bumpy road in the back of a truck, climbing to 35,000 feet in a matter of minutes inside of an airplane’s cargo hold, heating up on a train stopped on the tracks in the desert, or rolling with the waves on a ship may experience extreme conditions that could...

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01/14/2014

EPCRA Inventory Reports Due March 1

Each new calendar year begins a new cycle of EPA Federal and State reporting requirements. EH&S personnel at companies that manufacture, process, use, or dispose of hazardous chemicals must be aware of the reporting deadlines and requirements that apply to their facilities. The first report many facilities must compile and submit is the...

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01/13/2014

Moving Forward with GHS Hazard Communication

Dec. 1 GHS Deadline Has Passed – What Now?
 
The December 1, 2013 deadline for employers to train workers on changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) has come and gone.  Still, reports show many companies have not yet trained employees on the updated “HazCom” rules, which were revised when OSHA adopted international standards from the...

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01/07/2014

Injury Reports Must Be Posted by February 1

At the end of each calendar year, many employers must create, certify, and post an annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses logged during the year. Throughout the year, employers record workplace incidents using the OSHA 300 log and at year’s end summarize this data to create the OSHA 300-A Summary Form. By February 1, 2014, covered employers must post a summary of incidents that occurred during 2013...

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01/06/2014

OSHA Memo: New Combustible Dust Hazard Classification

On December 27th, 2013, OSHA distributed an internal memo to its compliance officers intended to clarify the Administration’s standards regarding combustible dusts. What Is Combustible Dust? 
When OSHA amended the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), the Agency amended the...

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