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06/12/2012

EPA Issues New Controls for Mercury Articles

On May 30th, 2012, EPA published a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) for elemental mercury used in barometers, manometers, hygrometers, and pyrometers. Under the terms of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), this means that beginning June 29, 2012, any “new use” of elemental mercury in certain articles must be reported to the EPA before...

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06/05/2012

OSHA Form 300: How to Record Pre-existing Injuries

Q. If I have an employee who has a pre-existing injury from something non-work-related, but she becomes reinjured while doing her job, do I have to record the injury?
 
A. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to record each fatality, injury, and illness that is...

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05/08/2012

Get Ready Now for July 1st TRI Reporting Deadline!

It’s that time again. July 1st is the deadline for submission of the Toxic Release Inventory. Here’s a reminder of the Who, What, and When of TRI....

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03/13/2012

Safe Drinking Water Act: Two Kinds of Water Quality Standards

Q. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency establishes quality standards for public water supply systems. The EPA sets two kinds of standards: “Primary” and “Secondary.” What’s the difference...

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02/14/2012

Tier II Reporting: LEPCs and SERCs

Yes, it’s that time again! The annual hazardous chemical inventory report required under the EPCRA rules at 40 CFR 370 is due on March 1, 2012. The inventory reporting rule applies to any facility that is required to prepare or have available a material safety data sheet (MSDS) for a hazardous chemical under...

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01/31/2012

Fall 2011 Regulatory Agendas: Occupational Safety and Health

Twice each year, the departments and independent agencies of the Federal government publish public agendas of their rulemaking activities. These semiannual agendas both review recent new rules and announce upcoming rule activities. While each agency and department creates its own agenda...

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01/23/2012

RCRA Biennial Reporting

Large quantity generators and all facilities which treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste must file a report on their waste handling activities with the EPA (or authorized state agency) by March 1 of each even-numbered year. Small and conditionally exempt generators are excluded from...

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01/17/2012

Question of the Week: When do I need a Security Plan?

Q. When do I need a hazmat security plan? Do I need a different plan for each placarded shipment?
 
A. Since 2003, the Department of Transportation has required some hazmat shippers and carriers to create security plans under 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart I. These plans are to ensure that...

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01/16/2012

OSHA Releases White Paper on I2P2

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a white paper last Friday discussing injury and illness prevention programs. 

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01/10/2012

TSCA Chemical Data Reporting: The New Form U and You

On August 16, 2011 (76 FR 50816), EPA published its new Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule, replacing the previously existing Inventory Update Report (IUR) Rule. While the form for submitting data remains the same (the Form U), some key information has changed...

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