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…

A Quick Guide for Universal Waste Handlers to Stay On Top of Requirements

Below is an easy-to-read chart that identifies the regulations that affect each generator type…   Small Quantity Handler of Universal Waste Large Quantity Handler of Universal Waste Universal Waste Transporter Universal Waste Designation Facilities Prohibitions 40 CFR 273.11 40 CFR 273.31 40 CFR 273.51 Comply with RCRA TSDF requirements Notifications 40 CFR 273.12–no requirements 40 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…

Identifying Amputation Hazards In The Work Place

Most accidents that result in amputation are preventable but when they happen are severe and often disabling.  All it takes is a moment of inattention and you can get caught in machinery that amputates a limb. 5,260 nonfatal amputations were reported in the United States by private sector employers in 2010. The incidence rate that year 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…

Requirements You Need to Make Sure Are In Your Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Plan

The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Health and Safety Plan (HASP) applies to cleanup operations required by government agencies at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, corrective actions involving cleanup at Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)-regulated sites, and voluntary cleanup at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, the clean up can take place with the help Continue Reading…