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06/28/2021

Avoid the Top 4 Lithium Battery Shipping Mistakes

US DOT maintains a list of the most frequently cited hazmat shipping violations in 49 CFR Part 107. We explore the four most common violations associated with shipping lithium batteries, and how to avoid them. 

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06/28/2021

EPA Won’t Change RCRA Corrosive Hazardous Waste Definition

EPA recently denied a petition that sought to “lower” the threshold for a corrosive hazardous waste from pH 12.5 pH to pH 11.5. It also sought to expand the definition of corrosive to cover non-aqueous wastes.  

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06/25/2021

Are LED Lamps Hazardous Waste?

To determine if LED lamps should be managed as hazardous waste or universal waste, we need to look to closely at the RCRA regulations.

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06/25/2021

Quick Quiz: Are You a Southern Smarty?

Do you know enough about the US Southeast to call yourself a Southern Smarty? Take this quiz to test your knowledge before Lion's hazmat workshops return to the Southeast in August 2021.

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06/23/2021

EPA Updates Stop Sale Order on Illegal Pesticides

One of the websites subject to the original stop sale order failed to stop selling a product called Virus Shut Out, a product that claims to protect the wearer from COVID-19. 

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06/23/2021

California Adopts Revised COVID-19 Emergency Standards

California's revised rule took effect on June 17. These new regulations more closely align to CDC's most recent recommendations on COVID-19 workplace safety.

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06/23/2021

OSHA Proposes 2 Revisions to Walking Working Surfaces Standard

Last month, OSHA proposed two revisions to the Walking-Working Surfaces Standard at 29 CFR 1910, Subpart D, to clarify new requirements added when the Standard was overhauled in 2016.  

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06/22/2021

CSB Investigates Illinois Chemical Factory Explosion

[UPDATE 06/22/21] CSB deployed two members of its leadership team to the explosion site on June 21. At the site, they met with company respresentatives, on-site Federal and local emergency responders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff, and Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) investigators to discuss the incident further.

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06/22/2021

Sabotage Suspected in Oil Train Derailment

“We know from the FBI investigation, from how trains operate, how trains work, how the couplers work, how the pin lifters work, that this incident was caused without a doubt by sabotage.”

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06/22/2021

When to Indicate RQ for Hazmat Shipments

While US DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) apply to the transportation of hazmat, certain 49 CFR requirements address potential environmental impacts of hazmat releases.  

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