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03/15/2021

OSHA to Expand COVID-19 Inspections Under New NEP

On March 12, OSHA launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect high-risk workers from hazards related to COVID-19 exposure. The program expands upon its existing inspection efforts to prioritize companies with the highest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the virus.

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03/15/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/15

In this week's Roundup, a steel manufacturer will upgrade its air pollution control equipment after allegedly violating its Title V permit. Plus, a chemical distributor is expected to pay nearly $130K for alleged missteps in its chemical management processes.

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03/10/2021

How New Hazmat Regulations Get Made

We track DOT's procedure for creating new hazardous materials regulations, including how industry stakeholders and private citizens can contribute to the process before a rule is finalized. 

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03/08/2021

How States Size Up Hazardous Waste Generators

State RCRA hazardous waste programs must be at least as stringent as the Federal RCRA regulations, but they are not required to be identical. One area where variations is quite common is the generator size categories. 

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03/08/2021

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2020

OSHA unveiled its preliminary list of the top 10 most-cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2020 during a National Safety Council (NSC) webinar last month. OSHA’s release of the top 10 list has become a staple of NSC events, normally coinciding with the annual Safety Congress & Expo.

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03/08/2021

Lithium Battery Warning: Loose Cells

Earlier this year, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned consumers not to purchase or use loose 18650 lithium-ion cells.

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03/08/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/8

In this week's Roundup, an Alabama coal production facility will optimize its leak detection plans using a thermal imaging camera after several alleged $775K Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a manufacturer in Maine agrees to a $104K penalty after alleged air emissions violations related to hazardous air pollutants.

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03/02/2021

California Court Rejects COVID-19 Emergency Standard Injunction Request

As part of California's Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) requirements, employers must protect workers workplace hazards, including infectious diseases like COVID-19.

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03/01/2021

Lion’s March 2021 Webinar Lineup

On tap this month: Fifteen live, expert-led webinars to help you keep your site in compliance with the latest hazardous materials, hazardous waste, and environmental regulations.

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03/01/2021

Does Your State Regulate PCBs as Hazardous Waste?

The RCRA statutory definition of “hazardous waste” specifically excludes polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Why is that, and how should these wastes be managed and disposed of? The answer may depend on what state you're in. 

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