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11/03/2015

New PHMSA Final Rule Prohibits E-Cigarettes in Checked Luggage

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today published an Interim Final Rule to prohibit airline passengers and crewmembers from placing battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices, like electronic cigarettes ("e-cigs"), e-vaporizers, and others in checked baggage...

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11/03/2015

Creating OSHA Work Permits for Hazardous Jobs

You may be familiar with this old adage: If you don't document something, there's no proof you actually did it. In other words, "Document it or it didn't happen." While this holds true in many aspects of everyday life-like snapping a photo with a celebrity to prove to you friends that you met one-documenting our activities is especially important in the workplace...

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10/29/2015

ICAO DG Panel Backs Most Stringent Lithium Battery Requirements Yet

Reports from the annual International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel in Montreal, happening this week, suggest that ICAO is backing a plan to require lithium batteries to be shipped at a reduced state-of-charge as low as 30%. While Federal Aviation Administration test data shows that batteries shipped at a 30% state-of-charge are far less likely to be involved in a battery fire on board an aircraft, there are some logistical issues for manufacturers, suppliers, and other shippers to consider...

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10/27/2015

Control Your Chemical Inventory

One of the primary objectives of the US EPA's major hazardous waste program, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), is to conserve valuable materials and energy sources by reducing, reusing, and recycling. The "three Rs" are not just a catch phrase; they're an official national policy in the United States enacted by Congress. In the US, whenever feasible, the waste generation is to be reduced or eliminated. [42 USC 6902(b)]...

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10/26/2015

Now On Demand: Webinars on Newly Proposed RCRA Rules

In October, US EPA finalized two hazardous waste rules that will affect how facilities nationwide manage waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). To help site managers and personnel prepare for the changing EPA standards, Lion presented two free, private webinars for Lion Members on October 19 and 20... 

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10/22/2015

EPA’s Electronic NPDES Reporting Final Rule

In the October 22, 2015, Federal Register, US EPA posted a Final Rule to require electronic reporting and sharing of data under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES. The rule was finalized on September 24 of this year. The Final Rule is effective starting December 21, 2015...

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10/20/2015

DOT's Annual 49 CFR Hazmat Regulations Update

Every year on October 1, the Government Printing Office updates and prints a new edition of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, or 49 CFR. 49 CFR contains transportation regulations, including the rules for preparing and offering shipments of hazardous materials. Often, the Department of Transportation issues a Final Rule in the Federal Register to officially make corrections and technical revisions...

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10/16/2015

New Universal Waste Bill Signed in California

On October 2, 2015, the Governor of California approved legislation to amend the California Health & Safety Code (HSC). Among the amendments is a very important development for hazardous waste generators in the state...

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10/13/2015

EPA National Compliance Enforcement Initiatives

Every three years, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required by law to set National Enforcement Initiatives (NEIs). These NEIs drive EPA's environmental compliance inspection and enforcement actions. NEIs are sometimes court-mandated, but more often result from input from State and tribal governments, EPA regional offices, environmental associations, environmental advocacy and justice groups, and the general public...

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10/12/2015

PHMSA Proposes Bolstered Hazmat Pipeline Requirements

In the October 12, 2015 Federal Register, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed changes to the regulations for pipelines that carry liquid hazardous materials...

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To record or not to record? That is the question when an employee gets sick or injured at work. In most cases, injuries that occur at work are work-related and must be recorded to maintain compliance with OSHA regulation. That said, OSHA provides nine specific exceptions to this general rule.

9 Exceptions to OSHA Injury Reporting