Flammable Liquids: An Introduction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed the flammable liquids standard to provide guidance on identifying, storing, and managing these materials. In 2012, OSHA revised the flammable liquids standard to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). This revision changed the standard from “Flammable and Combustible Liquids” to “Flammable Liquids” [...]

By |2022-08-19T10:33:35-04:00August 17, 2022|Compliance, News|0 Comments

“Cradle-to-Grave”: Regulating Hazardous Waste From Generation to Disposal and Every Step In-Between

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) is the overarching federal management regime for the disposal of hazardous waste. This act dictates the different classifications of waste, such as hazardous, municipal, and industrial (non-hazardous), as well as the management requirements associated with each classification. It can be daunting [...]

By |2022-08-12T22:38:08-04:00August 9, 2022|Compliance, News|0 Comments

Fundamentals of SPCC Plans

The purpose of the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule, promulgated under 40 CFR 112, is to prevent discharge of oil into navigable waters of the U.S. or adjoining shore lines.  In order to better understand the SPCC rule, below are some of the fundamentals of the SPCC rule [...]

By |2022-08-12T22:37:39-04:00August 9, 2022|Compliance, News|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2022-04-29T10:46:01-04:00April 29, 2022|Compliance, News|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2022-04-25T16:43:43-04:00April 25, 2022|Compliance, News|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2022-01-31T14:59:43-05:00January 31, 2022|Compliance, News|0 Comments

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, [...]

By |2022-01-31T13:24:41-05:00January 31, 2022|Compliance, News|0 Comments

Dealing with Management of Change (MOC’s) for Process Safety Management and Risk Management Planning

Management of Change (MOC) and Change Management are analogous elements for both Process Safety Management (PSM) (29 CFR 1910.119 (l)) and Risk Management Planning (RMP) (40 CFR 68.75).  Both are incorporated into PSM and RMP development as one of the 14 elements of each.  Simply stated, both are a formalized [...]

By |2022-01-31T10:16:21-05:00January 31, 2022|Compliance, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2021-10-18T09:53:57-04:00October 18, 2021|Compliance, News|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2021-10-18T09:13:47-04:00October 18, 2021|Compliance, News|0 Comments
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