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03/27/2012

Dating Hazardous Waste Containers

Q. One of the more common ways to manage hazardous waste is to temporarily accumulate hazardous waste in 55-gallon drums or other containers at or near waste-generating processes in satellite accumulation areas. Then, once the containers are full, the waste is moved to a central accumulation area for a few months before...

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03/20/2012

OSHA Finalizes GHS Rule, Training Deadline 12/01/13

OSHA’s rule to align its current Hazard Communication Standard with the global harmonization system (GHS) has been finalized, and will appear in the Federal Register in the near future. In a press conference this afternoon, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels described...

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03/20/2012

Hazmat Shipping Regulations: Domestic vs International

Q. Why can’t I just follow the DOT rules for all modes of transport? Why are there separate rules for air and vessel?
 
A. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), under the authority granted by Congress in the Hazardous Material Transportation Act (HMTA), promulgates and enforces the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) that govern the safe and secure transportation of hazardous materials in the United States. The HMR are...

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03/15/2012

ICAO’s New Rules for Lithium Battery Air Shipments

Last month in Montreal, the Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held a working group to discuss the unique hazards and challenges facing shippers and carriers of lithium batteries. Representatives from 13 countries, alongside various industry and labor organizations, joined to address...

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03/13/2012

Safe Drinking Water Act: Two Kinds of Water Quality Standards

Q. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency establishes quality standards for public water supply systems. The EPA sets two kinds of standards: “Primary” and “Secondary.” What’s the difference...

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03/06/2012

Forklift Safety: How Much Weight Can My Forklift Carry?

Q. How can I tell how much weight my forklift can carry?
 
A. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects workers in the workplace. This includes safe operations of powered industrial trucks (PITs), commonly called forklifts. The complete set of rules for these can be found under...

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