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02/04/2019

Mandatory Now: New Lithium Battery Marks and Labels for 2019

For those of us who experience the joys of shipping lithium batteries, you have probably come to the realization that the regulators like to change the rules regarding them and do that on a frequent basis.  Just when you finally get your operations in order, they change what is required.  

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02/04/2019

OSHA Now Enforcing Beryllium Worker Protections

In January 2017, OSHA finalized new worker protections for employees exposed to beryllium and beryllium compounds. New requirements included lower permissible exposure limits (PELs) and various “ancillary provisions” for employers.   

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02/04/2019

366 Days in Jail for Hazmat Shipping Violations?

The owner of a trucking company has been sentenced to serve one year in jail for hazardous materials shipping violations, conspiracy, fraud, and obstruction of justice.

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02/04/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/5

In this week’s Roundup, a pipeline owner, a permitted hazardous waste facility, and an oil and gas disposal company will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA water, oil spill, and hazardous waste violations.

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02/01/2019

EPA Developing Self-audit Policy for New Oil and Gas Owners

EPA is developing a new Clean Air Act audit policy that would give new owners of oil and natural gas exploration and production facilities nine months to self-inspect their operations, disclose violations to EPA, and correct any violations they find.

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01/31/2019

What's So Dangerous About Lithium Batteries?

Lithium battery events are actually very unlikely. When calculated out, there are usually only around two or three battery-related events per one million batteries. However, when an event does occur, it is extremely dangerous.  

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01/28/2019

Amazon to Add Dangerous Goods Fees for Sellers

Amazon has introduced new fees related to dangerous goods shipped using the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program, which apply to flammable or pressurized aerosols and items containing lithium ion batteries.

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01/28/2019

OSHA Rescinds Electronic Reporting Requirement for Form 300 and 301 Injury Data

OSHA has finalized a rulemaking to rescind the requirement for employers with 250 or more employees to electronically report injury and illness data from OSHA Forms 300 and 301. Electronic submission of data from OSHA Form 300A will still be required.   

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01/28/2019

Hospital Fined $360,000 for Pharma Hazardous Waste Violations

For alleged improper disposal of pharmaceutical hazardous wastes over a three-year period, a teaching hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin will pay $360,000.  

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01/21/2019

How DOT and OSHA Regulate Corrosive Materials

Safety professionals know better than most that the safety regulations created by agencies like US DOT and OSHA often don’t line up neatly. They may overlap in some areas, but diverge in others.   

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