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01/31/2012

Fall 2011 Regulatory Agendas: Occupational Safety and Health

Twice each year, the departments and independent agencies of the Federal government publish public agendas of their rulemaking activities. These semiannual agendas both review recent new rules and announce upcoming rule activities. While each agency and department creates its own agenda...

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01/23/2012

RCRA Biennial Reporting

Large quantity generators and all facilities which treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste must file a report on their waste handling activities with the EPA (or authorized state agency) by March 1 of each even-numbered year. Small and conditionally exempt generators are excluded from...

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01/17/2012

Question of the Week: When do I need a Security Plan?

Q. When do I need a hazmat security plan? Do I need a different plan for each placarded shipment?
 
A. Since 2003, the Department of Transportation has required some hazmat shippers and carriers to create security plans under 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart I. These plans are to ensure that...

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01/16/2012

OSHA Releases White Paper on I2P2

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a white paper last Friday discussing injury and illness prevention programs. 

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01/10/2012

TSCA Chemical Data Reporting: The New Form U and You

On August 16, 2011 (76 FR 50816), EPA published its new Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule, replacing the previously existing Inventory Update Report (IUR) Rule. While the form for submitting data remains the same (the Form U), some key information has changed...

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01/03/2012

Recording Injuries Away From Work

Q. We have employees who work in the office about half the time, but work off-site the other half. If they were hurt driving for work, would I have to record this injury?  
A. As always, it depends on the situation.  
Under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules, all employers are required to...

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01/03/2012

Recording Injuries Away From Work

Q. We have employees who work in the office about half the time, but work off-site the other half. If they were hurt driving for work, would I have to record this injury?  
A. As always, it depends on the situation.  
Under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules, all employers are required to...

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11/29/2011

Preparing for 2012 Reporting Obligations

Personally, the last month of the year usually means entry into the year–end holiday season. For EHS managers, this should also mean preparing your 2012 compliance calendars. These calendars will likely include various reporting obligations. While many of your reporting obligations and frequencies are site–specific (e.g., NPDES discharge monitoring reports and Clean Air Act Title V certifications), some events...

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11/08/2011

Feature Article: Trick or Treat? EPA Issues NPDES General Permit for Pesticide Application

On October 31, 2011, the EPA finalized a general permit under the Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for pesticide applications [76 FR 68750, November 7, 2011]. This action is the final step in fulfilling the Agency’s obligations in response to...

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10/25/2011

Happy Birthday, EPCRA!

The U.S. EPA last week celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA). Web site.
 
The authorization of EPCRA in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan closely followed one of the worst industrial disasters in history...

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