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10/14/2014

EPA Guidance on Oil Spills and SPCC Inspections

To ensure its Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) guidelines are enforced consistently nationwide, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised its SPCC guidance document for regional inspectors in August 2013. While the guidance document, titled...

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10/07/2014

OSHA Confined Spaces FAQ

In many industries, employees commonly perform work inside of “confined spaces.” To protect these employees, OSHA’s General Industry Standard includes specific rules employers must follow, including permitting requirements for certain confined spaces...

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09/30/2014

Selecting Proper Shipping Names for Hazardous Wastes

When generators ship hazardous waste off site, the waste is typically subject to the US DOT’s rules for hazmat shipments. One of the first and most important steps to shipping any hazmat, including hazardous waste, is...

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09/23/2014

Using Lab Packs for Chemical Shipments

Laboratories, universities, medical facilities, and warehouses use and generate many different chemical substances. Sometimes these chemicals go unused—they may be out of date, off-specification, or simply no longer needed. To protect employees from potential hazards...

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09/16/2014

MAP-21 Hazmat Progress Report

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is a 2012 Federal law that amended and renewed many of the US DOT’s hazmat shipping programs. The bill directs the DOT to study, report on, and create new regulations to address many issues. Recently, the DOT reported to Congress on its progress...
 

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09/09/2014

Common Chemical Reporting Forms

Before a manufacturer or importer can make or import a new chemical substance, the business must submit information to the US EPA for review. Once EPA has reviewed the chemical and added it to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) master inventory list, manufacture or import can begin and the chemical can be distributed in...

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09/02/2014

How GHS Affects OSHA’s Flammable Liquid Standard

Flammable and combustible liquids have the potential to harm employees in the workplace, typically due to the fire hazard they pose. Because of this, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains general requirements for the handling, storage, and use of liquids with a flash point below 200°F (“flammable liquids”) in containers, portable tanks, and...

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08/28/2014

PHMSA Proposes Amendments to Hazmat Regulations: Maintains Harmonization with International Standards

On August 25th, at 79 FR 50742, the United States Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed to amend the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 100–199) to maintain alignment with evolving international standards. 
 
Public comments on the proposal must be received by October 24, 2014. A Final Rule is...

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