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07/19/2016

When Is Loading and Unloading Hazmat Regulated?

What is transportation? To the general public, it typically means movement from one place to another. While that description is good enough for the average Joe, hazardous materials shippers know better. When it comes to hazmat shipping rules, dictionary definitions often bear little resemblance to what’s in the 49 CFR regulations...

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07/14/2016

Hazmat Fun: Pokémon Packing Groups

The new Pokémon Go app is taking the US by storm, outpacing major social media and dating sites for number of active users in just a few days. In case you find yourself shipping one of these imaginary “pocket monsters” to a friend or client, this quick guide will help you decide just how strong a package you would (hypothetically) need.  

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07/14/2016

OSHA Delays Anti-Retaliation Provisions of New Reporting Rule

OSHA has delayed enforcement of anti-retaliatory provisions in its new injury and illness reporting rule for employers. Under the new rule, announced in May, employers must report annually the injury and illness data collected on forms like the OSHA 300, 300A, and 301. OSHA will then make some of this information available to the public.  

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07/13/2016

Lawsuit Aims to Halt New OSHA Injury Reporting Rule

Earlier this year, OSHA published a Final Rule that, among other things, requires employers to file annual electronic reports of injury and illness data. In that Final Rule, OSHA made it clear that the Administration plans to share employer injury and illness information it receives with the public via the Internet. 

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07/13/2016

New NESHAP Rules for Petroleum Refineries Now Final

In today’s Federal Register, US EPA posted a Final Rule that changes the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, or NESHAP, for petroleum refineries.

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07/12/2016

How Do Sites Get On or Off the Superfund List?

Superfund is the nickname for the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the primary Federal law dealing with the identification and cleanup of hazardous substance disposal sites. Disposal site cleanup activity under Superfund is done in accordance with the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) at 40 CFR 300... 

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07/08/2016

Delivery Company to Pay DTSC $3.3M for Violations of California Hazardous Waste Law

In a settlement reached with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control  (DTSC), a major US delivery company will pay $3,357,975 to resolve allegations the company mishandled damaged containers and packages of hazardous materials.

 

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07/05/2016

OSHA Safety Fines Skyrocket, Up 78%

Starting August 1, OSHA will raise the civil penalties for employer violations for 29 CFR work safety standards. For employers to avoid injuries on site, lost time, and now penalties that are now 78% percent bigger, it's crucial to understand exactly what OSHA regulates, and what inspectors looks for when they arrive to conduct a safety audit...

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07/05/2016

EPA Raises Civil Penalties for Environmental Noncompliance

In the Federal Register today, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted an Interim Final Rule to raise civil penalties for violations of environmental law and EPA regulations. Penalties are being raised to match inflation as mandated under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990.

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