Learn to Avoid Dust Explosions That Can Cause Severe Structural Damage and Loss of Life

A dust explosion is a very rapid burning of the dust while it’s still suspended in the air, known as deflagration. If this happens in a confined enclosure (building, room, vessel, equipment) there may be an explosion. The dispersion of dust in particulate or finely ground form enables the dust to burn very rapidly. Dust fires 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…

OSHA NEWS: Site-Specific Inspections Targeting Directive For 2014

The OSHA SST-14 Program is and effort to place its enforcement resources in workplaces that have the highest rates of injuries and illnesses. They are targeting high-hazard, non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers based on last year’s OSHA Data Initiative survey of 80,000 establishments in high-hazard industries. OSHA lists the many industries that 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…

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…

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. HASP is limited to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 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…