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07/02/2013

Procedures for Locking Out Hazardous Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires workers to follow specific procedures when disabling machinery or equipment during service and maintenance. Commonly called “lockout/tagout,” the goal of these rules is to prevent the release of potentially hazardous energy. Working on a machine that is still powered on can be very dangerous. When a machine is powered down for service or maintenance...

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06/25/2013

State-level Variations for Satellite Accumulation Areas

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), each state can operate its own hazardous waste regulatory program in lieu of Federal EPA standards. State-level programs must be at least as stringent as Federal regulations, but even when the rules are identical, the implementation can vary...

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06/18/2013

Labeling Small Limited Quantity Shipments

Over the next few years, the Department of Transportation is phasing out the old ORM-D classification for consumer commodities and replacing it with an expanded universe of limited quantity authorizations. In most cases, the only difference for the end-user will be...

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06/11/2013

Release Reporting Requirements—CERCLA vs. EPCRA

The EPA oversees two major reporting programs aimed at facilitating immediate response and long-term cleanup of hazardous substances released into the environment. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)—also known as Superfund—was enacted in 1980 and authorizes the Federal government to...

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06/04/2013

Employee’s Role & Rights Under the OSH Act

In 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. The purpose of this law is, “to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources” [OSH Act Sec. 2(b)].
 
Since the passing of the OSH Act, much of the attention has been on...

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05/28/2013

4 Ways to Treat Hazardous Waste Without a Permit

In the hazardous waste regulations, U.S. EPA defines “treatment” as “any method, technique, or process, including neutralization, designed to change the physical, chemical, or biological character or composition of any hazardous waste so as to neutralize such waste, or so as to recover energy or material resources from the waste, or so as to render...

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05/22/2013

Shipping Combustible Liquids Internationally

Shipping hazmat internationally can be a challenge, especially when the U.S. DOT’s hazmat regulations differ from international standards like the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations or the IMO’s IMDG Code. “Combustible liquids,” for example, are regulated as hazardous in the United States but are considered non-hazardous under international shipping rules. Because of this discrepancy...

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05/14/2013

“Form R” Deadline Approaching Fast

Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Section 313(c), Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), or “Form R,” reporting is required on or before July 1 for any “designated facility” that manufactures, imports, or processes any of over 600 “toxic chemicals.” The chemicals subject to Form R reporting are found...

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