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11/06/2012

GHS vs. DOT Classification

Q. Less than one year ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) amended the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) to harmonize with the Globally Harmonized System of Chemical Classification and Labeling (GHS). HazCom is one of two major programs in the United States that classifies a large universe of chemical hazards. The other major system is the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) promulgated and enforced by the Department of Transportation (DOT). How do OSHA’s new GHS classifications compare with the DOT’s hazmat classification system...

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10/29/2012

ORM-D-AIR Classification to Be Phased Out

The U.S. Department of Transportation is phasing out the ORM-D classification. The last day to ship packages properly classified and marked as ORM-D-AIR is December 31, 2012. Starting January 1, 2013, no new ORM-D AIR packages may be offered for transportation. Instead, shippers have to use...

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10/23/2012

Precious Metals Recycling

Hazardous wastes that contain economically significant amounts of precious metals are excluded from RCRA when reclaimed, regardless of their other properties. A few rules still apply. They can be found at 40 CFR 266, Subpart F.
 
The U.S. EPA considers the following materials to be “precious metals”...

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10/23/2012

Precious Metals Recycling

Hazardous wastes that contain economically significant amounts of precious metals are excluded from RCRA when reclaimed, regardless of their other properties. A few rules still apply. They can be found at 40 CFR 266, Subpart F.
 
The U.S. EPA considers the following materials to be “precious metals”...

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10/16/2012

Basic Description Order Phase Out

When shipping fully regulated hazmat packages, all shippers must create shipping papers to provide hazard information to their carriers and emergency responders. The core element of a hazmat shipping paper is the “basic description” of each hazardous material in the consignment. [49 CFR 172.202(a)] The basic description is made up of the following four elements...

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10/09/2012

Regulating Underground Storage Tanks

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “there are approximately 587,000 underground storage tanks (USTs) nationwide that store petroleum or hazardous substances.” (http://www.epa.gov/oust/) The Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) was established by EPA in 1985 in response to Congress’s statutory mandate under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to better regulate USTs. The intent was to...

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10/02/2012

GHS: Hazards Not Otherwise Classified

Q. Is there any specific definition for “Hazards Not Otherwise Classified” under the new GHS rule? Also, what rules apply to them?
 
A. With the incorporation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) into the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) regulations, companies are faced with revisiting...

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09/25/2012

RCRA Options for Recycling Waste Lead-acid Batteries

Although lead-acid batteries generally exhibit the hazardous waste characteristic of toxicity for lead (D008) and would be subject to significant restrictions when discarded, the EPA encourages their recycling by providing two alternative management standards. Lead-acid batteries may be managed as “universal waste” under 40 CFR Part 273 or under the specific alternative standards of...

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