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Mobile Elevated Work Platforms – How Have Standards Changed?

  The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA) standards were updated for Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) (sometimes previously referred to as “aerial lifts”) in June of 2020. These updates included new classifications (groups and types) which can impact facilities and industry. These revisions that OSHA has adopted as … more »

Understanding Your Air Permit

Air permits can be overwhelming to read and understand. A facility’s air permit may include various applicable regulations, stack testing, preventative plan preparations, record keeping,  reporting and other requirements. It can be easy to miss a requirement if you do not fully comprehend a permit’s limits and conditions.  This article is intended to help you … more »

Industrial Storm Water Permitting

Are you in compliance? Is your business subject to storm water permitting? Storm water programs are regulated by the EPA, State, and local authorities. However, most states are authorized to implement individual storm water NPDES permitting programs. The EPA remains the permitting authority in a few states, territories, and on most Native American lands.  In … more »

A 2022 Refresher on Tier IIs

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) guides August Mack through the Tier II reporting season at the beginning of each new year. EPCRA was passed by Congress in 1986 in response to environmental concerns about the storage and handling of toxic chemicals. President Reagan signed EPCRA into law, and it has since then … more »

Flammables and Compressed Gases Best Management Practices

Flammables and compressed gases are two hazardous materials commonly found in nearly any facility.  From heavy industry, light industry and warehouses and nearly any facility resembling one of the three described.  Over the course of 30 years of experience best practices have changed as technology advanced. For example, a gasoline can from 30-years ago no … more »

Industrial Hygiene Sampling: Why, When, How, What If?

Dust, fumes, and other airborne hazards are ubiquitous among some industries. Following regulations that control airborne hazards can seem daunting especially in industries where dust and airborne chemicals are a virtually unavoidable result of their processes. Fortunately, industrial hygiene (IH) sampling (sometimes referred to as occupational hygiene sampling) is an available option to empirically determine … more »

Lessening The Stress – Air Compliance Inspection and Evaluation

A regulatory environmental compliance site inspection and evaluation can be one of the most stressful events for environmental managers. The EPA’s “Clean Air Act Stationary Source Compliance Monitoring Strategy” suggests a full compliance evaluation by the state or regional office at least once every two years for New Source Performance Standard and National Emissions Standards … more »

Pennsylvania Facilities! Are You Prepared to Prevent and Control Emergencies and Inspections with Your PPC Plan?

First thing is first – what even is a PPC Plan?  The Commonwealth has tried to make our lives easier by trying to consolidate the State and Federal spill and emergency response regulations such as Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) or Hazardous Waste Contingency Plans into one plan.  The consolidated plan, called a Preparedness, Prevention, … more »

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