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05/27/2016

Hazmat & RCRA Regulatory Agendas Announced

Twice a year, US regulatory agencies post Agendas that give us a look at what they have planned for industry in the near (and not-so-near) future. The Spring Agenda was released this month and lays out plans for new regulations, amendments to the current rules, and more.  

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05/26/2016

TSCA Reform Passes US House 403-12

The US House of Representatives approved legislation this week to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical management, reporting, and recordkeeping regulations. The nearly unanimous decision to pass TSCA reform in the House (the Bill passed 403 to 12) comes after lawmakers agreed on key points of the legislation earlier this month. The Senate is expected to follow suit and pass the bill as well.

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05/24/2016

RCRA Hazardous Waste ID in 3 Steps: Trichloroethylene

In order to dispose of any RCRA hazardous waste, generators must assign the proper “waste codes.” RCRA wastes codes are alphanumeric indicators that provide specific information about how a waste should be treated to make it safe for disposal. Assigning waste codes is a complex—and absolutely crucial—part of managing hazardous waste... 

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05/19/2016

Final Rule: PHMSA Restricts E-Cigs on Airplanes

The US DOT posted a Final Rule to today’s Federal Register to prohibit electronic smoking devices (“vape pens,” e-cigs, e-hookahs, e-pipes, etc.) in checked baggage aboard an airplane. The Rule also prohibits charging e-cigs while on a plane. Electronic “smoking” or “vaping” devices will still be allowed in carry-on baggage. 

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05/17/2016

Classifying Hazmat Mixtures (On the Dark Side)

Darth Vader needs your help classifying a toxic mixture to ship from his Death Star! Use the simple trick in this post to calculate LD50 without testing your material on animals...

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05/13/2016

2 Northeast Firms Pay Big RCRA Hazardous Waste Settlements

In a pair of press releases on May 12, US EPA announced that two companies will settle allegations that the firms failed to comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations.

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05/12/2016

Final Rule: OSHA Injury and Illness e-Reporting to Start in 2017

In today’s Federal Register, OSHA posted a Final Rule that requires employers to file annual electronic reports of injury and illness data.  OSHA plans to publish the injury and illness data it receives on a public website—but will not publish personal identifying information about individual employees. 

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05/11/2016

Lawmakers Agree on Key Points of TSCA Reform

Sources in Washington D.C. are reporting that two key lawmakers have reached an agreement on “key sticking points” of a bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the USA’s forty-year-old chemical safety law.

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05/10/2016

Managing Ozone-depleting Substances in Refrigerating Appliances

One critical component of US EPA’s Clean Air Act regulations for stratospheric ozone protection is the rules that address maintenance, service, repair, and disposal of appliances that contain ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and their substitutes. [40 CFR 82, Subpart F] They cover appliances like commercial or residential refrigerators, air conditioners, chillers, and freezers...

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05/06/2016

Who's Responsible for Training Temp Workers on GHS?

The work may be temporary, but the effects of an employee getting hurt or sick on the job can last a lifetime. OSHA’s safety standards for industry put the onus of ensuring worker safety on the employer. For temporary workers, this raises a unique question—who, exactly, “employs” these workers? Is it the staffing agency or the host business? And who is responsible for training temporary workers on safety issues like GHS hazard communication?

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