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Preparation is the Key to Surviving an Inspection by the EPA or OSHA

If a state or federal environmental agency came to your facilities today, would you be ready? If the answer is no, then you need to prepare yourself quickly. Environmental regulations are complex and reach far in to most operations. Even the most knowledgeable and dedicated environmental manager will get nervous about the thought of on Continue Reading…

Clean-up Tips for Mecury Spills

When Mercury is spilled, the droplets can emit odorless vapors that are colorless and very toxic. These droplets can be lost in very small spaces and create major problems, no matter how small the spill. EPA Recommendations for Mercury Spills of Less Than or Equal to the Amount in a Thermometer Remove everyone, including pets Continue Reading…

A Checklist of Hazmat Operations for Companies that Transport Hazardous Materials

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), through its hazardous material regulations (HMRs), specifies requirements for the safe transportation of hazardous materials in commerce by rail, aircraft, vessel, and motor vehicle. DOT has general requirements for the loading, unloading, handling, and storage of explosives and hazardous materials as well as specific modal requirements. DOT has requirements at Continue Reading…

Tips on Conducting a Smooth Inspection for Your Business

Facility operators don’t have much time to prepare for a inspection after a notice arrives.  It’s best to already have procedures in place to handle how to handle an inspection. Most facility operators know their inspectors and have long-standing relationships.  Make sure to realize that an inspectors job is to find out what is being down Continue Reading…

Are Your Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Properly Marked? Fines Can Be Large!

PCB labeling Requirements If items were not originally labeled by their manufacturer, the owner must label items that may contain PCBs. Standard PCB labels are square and come in 1-in. increments from 2 in. x 2 in. to 6 in. x 6 in. If the standard PCB label is too large to fit on a piece of Continue Reading…