Compliance Archives - December 2015
California DTSC Rescinds Universal Waste GuidanceThe California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) has officially rescinded hazardous waste guidance which had required facilities to count Universal Waste toward monthly generator status. The move follows new legislation in the California Health & Safety Code (HSC) which allows generators to exclude Universal Waste when calculating the volume of waste generated in a given month.
Getting It Right: GHS Labels on Combination PackagesNow that OSHA’s adoption of the Globally Harmonized System for Classifying and Labeling Chemicals (GHS) is in full effect, facilities that ship hazardous chemicals in combination packages may be confused about the finer points of how new OSHA GHS hazard labels affect chemical shipments.
PHMSA Withdraws Flammable Liquids Wetlines ProposalIn the Federal Register today, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) officially withdrew its proposed rulemaking to prohibit flammable liquids in external product piping on DOT specification cargo tank motor vehicles (CTMV) in transportation. When carrying product, the lines or hoses used to load or unload a CTMV are called “wetlines.” If not protected, wetlines may be exposed to a collision in transport.
Lion News Best of 20152015 was a year of major change for EHS professionals, hazmat shippers, environmental engineers, project managers, and all personnel who work to maintain compliance with US and international regulations. These changes included major EPA proposals, updates to the RCRA hazardous waste regulations, new GHS chemical labeling and shipping standards, and revised rules for shipping lithium batteries...
DOJ Assist Could Bolster OSHA PenaltiesA new Memo of Understanding between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA)—and other US work safety agencies—could result in much stricter penalties for employers who violate work safety standards.
The Biennial Report for RCRA Hazardous Waste GeneratorsIt's that time of year again! The Biennial Report form (8700-13A/B) must be submitted to your authorized State agency or EPA regional office by March 1 of every even-numbered year. You'll report on the previous year's (2015) generation, management, and final disposition of hazardous waste regulated under RCRA. See 40 CFR 262.41(a)...
PHMSA Amends the Bulk Explosives Shipping RulesIn the Federal Register today, PHMSA published a Final Rule to amend the rules for shipping explosives by cargo tank motor vehicles (CTMV) or multi-purpose bulk trucks (MBTs). The new explosives shipping rules incorporate by reference consensus standards from IME Standard 23...
Hazmat and EHS Provisions in Congress’ $1.1 Trillion Spending BillThe US Congress this week passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which includes some items of note for hazmat and hazardous waste shippers, EHS managers, and any business that’s subject to rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation (DOT) or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Five New “Substances of Very High Concern” Added to EU's REACH Candidate ListThe European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) today announced the addition of five new “substances of very high concern” to Europe’s Registration, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (REACH) Candidate List. If approved for further regulation under REACH program—which is similar to the Toxic Substances Control Act or TSCA in the US—these substances will be placed on the “authorization list” and face additional restrictions...
Hazardous Waste ID Mistakes Lead to $26M Fine for Cable ProviderThe Attorney General of California has issued a decision to fine a major cable company nearly $26 million for violating Federal and State hazardous waste regulations. The company manages many wastes regulated as hazardous under the State Health and Safety Code (HSC)—from electronic equipment like cable boxes, modems, and remote controls to batteries, lamps, and scrap metal; as well as products like adhesives, paints, lighter fluid, and lubricants.
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