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09/17/2018

Texas vs. EPA Decision Halts 2015 WOTUS Rule in 3 States

In a recently wrapped-up court case, Texas vs. EPA, a Texas District Court judge decided last week to halt implementation of the new Clean Water Act requirements in three states: Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

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09/17/2018

Before You Fit Test: Medical Clearance for Respirator Use

The medical evaluation is a key component of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard at 29 CFR 1910.134. This week, we guide safety managers through the steps of a typical medical evaluation, which must take place even before the employee is fit-tested on the equipment.  

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09/11/2018

Ford Recalls Two Million F-150s Over Smoking Seatbelts

Ford Motor Company has announced a recall for about two million F-150 pick-up trucks because of reports of smoking seatbelt pretensioners.  

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09/10/2018

RCRA Exclusions: Waste In Process

The RCRA hazardous waste management program provides a “cradle-to-grave” management system that applies to all hazardous waste generators. But when the government creates rules broad enough to apply to everyone, those rules don’t necessarily work well in every real-world situation...  

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09/10/2018

Can New Hazmat Employees Work Before They’re Trained?

In the real world, a shipping department can’t stop and wait for a new employee to finish in-depth training. Clients are waiting for deliveries and product must move out the door at an increasingly rapid pace. In addition to their responsibilities for hazardous materials safety, hazmat shippers deal with the same pressures that impact logistics professionals of all stripes—pressure to be more efficient...

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09/04/2018

You're the Hazmat Inspector: 49 CFR Compliant or Not?

From time to time, shippers, carriers, and inspectors disagree about what is or is not a violation of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). With thousands of detailed requirements to follow, it’s no wonder that interpretations of these rules can sometimes vary from state to state, county to county, or even from inspector to inspector.  

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08/31/2018

New RCRA Rule: Hazardous Waste Determination Recordkeeping

In some ways, it was the most significant new regulation for hazardous waste in the 21st century. In other ways, all it did was rearrange old stuff into a more convenient, intuitive order. Here we break down one of most subtle, yet impactful, changes for hazardous waste generators in US EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule.  

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08/30/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/4

In today’s EPA Enforcement Roundup—EPA and DOJ reach an $11 million CERCLA agreement, and a vegetable oil and biodiesel plant faces a half-a-million dollar fine for Clean Water Act SPCC violations. In addition, the owners of a rail car cleaning company have been indicted for their actions surrounding a 2015 explosion that killed 2 workers.  

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08/27/2018

Cal DTSC to Finalize Relaxed CRT Disposal Regulations

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is preparing to finalize “emergency regulations” to ensure proper recycling and disposal of Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) and CRT glass.  

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08/27/2018

Are Generic and N.O.S. Hazmat Names the Same Thing?

Choosing an incorrect PSN can cause further mistakes in how the material is packaged, marked, labeled, handled, and segregated—and even impact emergency response in a worst-case scenario. That's what makes understanding the ins and outs of naming hazardous materials for transport so important.  

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