Protect Your Company From Large Fines Using This EPCRA Compliance Checklist

If your facility falls under Emergency Preparedness and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA) requirements, there’s more to do then just TRI reporting. Here’s a checklist to help you make sure you cover you bases with all the regulations. Have the requirements handy Do you have copies of the statute? Do you have copies of the federal, Continue Reading…

Above-ground Storage Tank (AST) Spill Prevention Tips that are Highly Recommended By the EPA

Above-ground Storage Tanks (AST) are tanks that are aboveground, regardless of whether they are used for to store petroleum products, hazardous waste, or other hazardous material. AST’s used for the store of petroleum products is regulated primarily under 40 CFR 112. The regulation does not actually use the terms “aboveground storage tank.” Instead the term “bulk Continue Reading…

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…

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…

Indoor Mold Contamination: How to Get Rid of Mold and What Causes Mold In the First Place

Moisture in buildings and common structural problems allow mold to exist indoors. Mold creates and indoor problem that is unhealthy for it’s inhabitants. So make sure to find ares where mold is most likely to occur and if you see a problem, fix it quickly before is spreads. I keep ahead of mold you will need to inspect 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…

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…