Compliance Archives - May 2015
Tips for Managing Commercial Chemical ProductsAt manufacturing and industry sites, commercial chemical products (CCPs) like degreasers, cleaning products, solvents, acids, and more are often crucial to production. When these products are abandoned, though, property damage and harm to employees can result from leaks, spills, volatilization, fires, or explosions. Because of these dangers, abandoned CCPs are regulated as solid waste under US EPA rules...
Hazmat Airbag Recall Now Affects 34 Million VehiclesIn a defect report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), major air bag supplier Takata has acknowledged defects in its air bag inflators, leading NHTSA to expand an ongoing recall effort which will now affect nearly 34 million vehicles...
DOT Finalizes New Rail Rules for Flammable LiquidsThe US and Canada are in the midst of a boom in crude oil production, thanks in part to new technologies and newly discovered sources. Production of oil, natural gas, and ethanol fuel has increased dramatically in the past fifteen years...
Public Water System Annual Report Cards Due July 1Under the US EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act, Public Water Systems must provide customers with water fit for human consumption. This means, in part, ensuring that any contaminants in the water are present only at levels below the Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) assigned in the Primary Drinking Water Standards [40 CFR 141–142]. Certain Public Water Systems are required to report annually to their customers on the quality of the water being provided...
DOT’s New Rules for Shipping Class 3 Liquids by RailLast week, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a Final Rule to improve the safety of flammable liquids shipped by rail. The new rule comes in response to a rash of high-profile train de-railings involving large shipments of crude oil and other products across the US and Canada...
IATA’s Addendum II to the 56th Ed. DGROn May 4, 2015, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) posted the second Addendum to the 56th Edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). Compliance with the 56th Edition DGR has been mandatory since January 1 of this year. Once again, lithium battery shippers need to pay close attention. The regulations and the State and Operator variations for lithium batteries continue to change...
GHS Deadline Is Less Than 30 Days AwayIn 2012, the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated final amendments to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), to harmonize it with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)...
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