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06/03/2014

One Year Left to Update Safety Data Sheets

It’s been just over two years since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its Hazard Communication Standard with new GHS rules.
 
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) created new requirements for classifying, labeling, and creating Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for hazardous chemicals in the workplace. To give manufacturers a chance to update this information and train employees...

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04/08/2014

Know Your EPCRA Reporting Responsibilities

This week, LionNews continues to examine the ongoing cycle of Federal and State reporting requirements under major US EPA regulatory programs. In previous editions, we addressed Tier I and II chemical inventory reports and annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting under the Clean Air Act...

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04/01/2014

Mother Goose Cited for Multiple OSHA Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) safety regulations are no laughing matter. Not only are these rules critical to protect workplace employees, but companies that fail to meet OSHA’s standards can face hefty fines and negative press...

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03/04/2014

Training Your Forklift Drivers

OSHA estimates that “powered industrial trucks,” commonly known as forklifts or lift trucks, account for about 85 fatal workplace accidents every year. About 1 out of every 10 forklifts in operation each year is involved in some form of accident, whether it is tipping, crushing, or striking a pedestrian. Due to the hazards associated with operating forklifts, a focus on workplace safety is critical to...

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02/11/2014

GHG Reporting in 2014

This week, LionNews continues to examine the ongoing cycle of Federal and State reporting requirements under major US EPA regulatory programs. Last month, we addressed the March 1 deadline for submitting Tier I and II chemical inventory reports under EPCRA. In this article, we discuss the next major approaching deadline, which applies to annual greenhouse gas reporting (GHG) under the Clean Air Act (CAA)...

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01/14/2014

EPCRA Inventory Reports Due March 1

Each new calendar year begins a new cycle of EPA Federal and State reporting requirements. EH&S personnel at companies that manufacture, process, use, or dispose of hazardous chemicals must be aware of the reporting deadlines and requirements that apply to their facilities. The first report many facilities must compile and submit is the...

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01/07/2014

Injury Reports Must Be Posted by February 1

At the end of each calendar year, many employers must create, certify, and post an annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses logged during the year. Throughout the year, employers record workplace incidents using the OSHA 300 log and at year’s end summarize this data to create the OSHA 300-A Summary Form. By February 1, 2014, covered employers must post a summary of incidents that occurred during 2013...

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12/30/2013

Plan Ahead for 2014 Biennial RCRA Reports

As the 2013 calendar year winds down, hazardous waste generators begin buttoning up their recordkeeping for the current year and planning for 2014. This process most likely includes confirming that all facility personnel completed their annual training, all manifests are accounted for, all waste and LDR determination records are in order, and their contingency plan is current. In addition to the usual year-end wrap-ups, this year...

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09/10/2013

Risk and Reaction: Reporting and Recordkeeping Under TSCA

When we talk about the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), we often talk about the inventory reports chemical manufacturers, processors, and distributors must submit to the EPA. In addition to requiring these inventory reports, TSCA also includes reporting and recordkeeping standards for two specially identified situations: Companies must report to the EPA on any...

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08/06/2013

Proposed New Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Program

Since the start of the Obama Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has placed a high priority on establishing regulations for mandatory injury and illness prevention programs, also known as IIPP or I2P2. OSHA recently reaffirmed this intent in the Spring 2013 regulatory agenda. In the latest...

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