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02/04/2019

Mandatory Now: New Lithium Battery Marks and Labels for 2019

For those of us who experience the joys of shipping lithium batteries, you have probably come to the realization that the regulators like to change the rules regarding them and do that on a frequent basis.  Just when you finally get your operations in order, they change what is required.  

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02/04/2019

OSHA Now Enforcing Beryllium Worker Protections

In January 2017, OSHA finalized new worker protections for employees exposed to beryllium and beryllium compounds. New requirements included lower permissible exposure limits (PELs) and various “ancillary provisions” for employers.   

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02/01/2019

EPA Developing Self-audit Policy for New Oil and Gas Owners

EPA is developing a new Clean Air Act audit policy that would give new owners of oil and natural gas exploration and production facilities nine months to self-inspect their operations, disclose violations to EPA, and correct any violations they find.

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01/28/2019

OSHA Rescinds Electronic Reporting Requirement for Form 300 and 301 Injury Data

OSHA has finalized a rulemaking to rescind the requirement for employers with 250 or more employees to electronically report injury and illness data from OSHA Forms 300 and 301. Electronic submission of data from OSHA Form 300A will still be required.   

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01/28/2019

Hospital Fined $360,000 for Pharma Hazardous Waste Violations

For alleged improper disposal of pharmaceutical hazardous wastes over a three-year period, a teaching hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin will pay $360,000.  

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01/21/2019

OSHA Raises Penalties for Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will soon raise civil penalties for work safety violations to keep pace with inflation. The Department of Labor will announce the increase in a forthcoming Final Rule.

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01/21/2019

Illinois the 20th State to Adopt RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements

In December, Illinois became the latest state to adopt US EPA’s new, stricter hazardous waste requirements.

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01/10/2019

New Finding for Mercury Air Toxics Proposed by EPA

US EPA closed out 2018 with a proposal to revise its Supplemental Cost Finding for the 2012 Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Final Rule. In it, the Agency states that it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from coal- or oil-fired electricity generating units (EGUs).  

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11/30/2018

Final Rule Alert: EPA Exempts Recalled Airbags from RCRA Hazardous Waste Rules

US EPA published its Interim final rule Safe Management of Recalled Airbagsto the Federal Register on Friday, November 30.

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11/27/2018

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA Raises Hazmat Penalties for 2019

This minor adjustment occurs once per year—but with penalties assessed on a per day, per violation basis, even small increases to penalties can quickly add up.

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