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…

Creating an Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Program For Your Business

Thousands of  residential and commercial structures in the U.S. contain many different types of asbestos. Asbestos presents compliance problems home owners and commercial operations and maintenance personnel. This article is focusing on businesses. Staying on top of asbestos training can be time consuming confusing and costly. You have to keep up with Occupational Safety and Health Continue Reading…

Be Careful That The EPA Judges Your Industrial Waste Recycling As Legitimate Recycling

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promotes industrial hazardous waste recycling and has many concessions to do so. The EPA will not however make concessions on what constitutes legitimate recycling versus sham recycling. The 2008 DSW Rule established four “Legitimacy Factors” composed of two “Core Factors” and two “Factors that Must be Considered,” which are codified at Continue Reading…

11 Compliance Tips for Containers That Hold Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste containers are the most common unit used to store and transport hazardous waste because they are relatively cheap and easy to handle compared to tanks and surface impoundments. Also, containers are a good option for hazardous waste handlers who want to store, transport, and dispose of hazardous waste without changing the unit.   Continue Reading…

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): Applicable to Companies That Manufacture, Import, or Export Hazardous Chemicals

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that anyone who wants to manufacture or import a chemical not listed on the TSCA list of chemicals must notify the EPA at least 90 days before producing or importing the new chemical substance. TSCA also imposes reporting requirements for anyone who exports hazardous chemicals subject to TSCA. TSCA Continue Reading…

What Are the Top Environmental Violations? See What the EPA Says…

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performs its mission of protecting human health and the environment by providing research, monitoring our environment, as well as setting and enforcing environmental standards. The EPA performs inspections throughout a variety of industries but similar violations tend to dominate each industry. Below are some of these industries along with their most prevalent violations… Healthcare Continue Reading…

Cross-Agency Enforcement: Sometimes Inspections by the EPA Can Lead to Inspections by OSHA and Vice Versa!

Penalties and compliance upgrades can get really costly when an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) leads to and inspection by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the other way around. Many regulations by the EPA and OSHA are similar because it’s OSHA’s mission to protect workers and EPA’s mission to protect public health and 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…

Tips on Responding to a Notice of Violation (NOV) or Enforcement Order

If your facility is found to be out-of-compliance, use the following tips… Make Sure to have a procedure in place to respond to a Notice of Violation (NOV), an enforcement order, etc. The person responsible for responding needs to be given a copy of the NOV as soon as possible and management officials need be Continue Reading…