Compliance Archives - September 2017
Now in Effect: New OSHA Crystalline Silica Construction StandardOSHA’s revised Standard for respirable crystalline silica in the construction sector took effect on September 23, 2017. OSHA updated its permissible exposure limits (PELs) for crystalline silica, found at 29 CFR 1926.1153, in a Final Rule promulgated in March 2016.
NYC Enacts New Worker Safety Training Requirements for Construction SectorThe New York City Council enacted legislation this week to bolster the construction safety training requirements for permitted building and demolition projects in the city. The bill, called “Intro 1447” for short, revises Section 3321 of the NYC building code to add the new training requirements and details about the new Site Safety Training Card (SST Card) program.
Using RCRA Interpretations in 2017 and BeyondEnvironmental professionals often look to EPA letters of interpretation for clarity on specific hazardous waste management issues that arise at their facilities. Interpretations can be a useful tool for seeing the real-world implications of environmental regulations, but should be viewed with a few cautions in mind.
EPA to Approve Washington State Dangerous Waste UpdatesUS EPA has re-opened the public comment period on a proposed rulemaking to authorize changes made to Washington’s State dangerous waste compliance requirements. The updates, which include a number of more stringent State rules, are listed in the Federal Register.
FAA Hazmat Interpretation: Lithium Batteries by AirLast month, FAA posted a hazmat interpretation letter regarding lithium batteries packed in equipment—a point of confusion for many shippers given the evolving nature of lithium battery transport regulations in the US and internationally.
PHMSA Issues 3 Emergency Hazmat Compliance Waivers for Hurricane-affected AreasPHMSA on Monday issued Emergency Waivers for persons conducting EPA-directed recovery and cleanup operations in areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This waiver will provide reprieve from compliance requirements under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) under certain conditions.
What's So Special About Hazmat Salvage Packaging?When a package of hazardous materials becomes damaged during transportation, starts leaking, exhibits a defect, or otherwise ceases to conform to relevant standards, the entire package is placed inside a salvage packaging. That way, the packaging can be safely transported to an appropriate facility for recovery or disposal.
2 Shippers Fined for Hazmat Air ViolationsThis month, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed civil penalties for two shippers who allegedly violated US DOT hazmat shipping requirements, including a $50,000 fine for 142 lithium batteries found in an employee's checked luggage.
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