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10/15/2013

Lithium Batteries Make Frequently Cited Violations List

In an October 2 Final Rule published in the Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) added a number of lithium battery-related shipping mistakes to its list of Frequently Cited Violations. The unique hazards posed by lithium batteries caught the attention of regulators in part due to a growing number of uses for these batteries, an increase in shipping volume, and many...

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10/08/2013

EPA Programs You May Not Know About

Most Americans are familiar with flagship U.S. EPA’s programs like the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Safe Drinking Water Acts. EHS managers and industry professionals know that in addition to these high-profile programs, the EPA also regulates hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), chemical manufacturing under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and...

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10/01/2013

Protect Your Employees from Machine Injuries

A Pennsylvania manufacturer faces a $61,600 fine for failing to have proper machine guarding on equipment, which led to a worker suffering a laceration injury. “Exposing workers to lacerations and possible amputation injuries by neglecting to ensure machine guarding is in place is unacceptable,” said OSHA Area Director Kim Nelson in Toledo. “Companies must be aware of...

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09/27/2013

New Highway-Rail Crossing Rule for Hazmat Carriers

A new joint rulemaking by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) aims to prevent highway-rail grade crossing crashes.   The new rule prohibits drivers of commercial motor vehicles containing certain consignments of hazardous materials from driving across highway-rail grade crossings unless there is...

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09/24/2013

Understanding Derived-from Rule Exclusions

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), solid waste generated from the treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste remains hazardous waste unless excluded elsewhere in the regulations. This is known as the “derived-from” rule and is designed to ensure that wastes that are treated, but which may still pose a threat to human health or the environment, do not fall through the cracks of RCRA regulation...

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09/17/2013

Training Your DOT Hazmat Employees

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all “hazmat employees” receive training to perform their jobs correctly and ensure compliance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. [49 CFR 173.1(b)] In general, a hazmat employee is anyone who in the course of his or her employment directly affects the safety of transportation of hazardous materials.
 
Hazmat employee training must include...

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09/10/2013

Risk and Reaction: Reporting and Recordkeeping Under TSCA

When we talk about the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), we often talk about the inventory reports chemical manufacturers, processors, and distributors must submit to the EPA. In addition to requiring these inventory reports, TSCA also includes reporting and recordkeeping standards for two specially identified situations: Companies must report to the EPA on any...

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09/03/2013

Training for Personal Protective Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers to provide workplaces that are “…free from recognized hazards that are… likely to cause death or serious physical harm….”[OSH Act Sec. 5-The General Duty Clause]
 
One of the methods employers may have to implement to protect employees from serious hazards is the use of ...

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