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How Often Should You Clean Your Catch Basins?

Posted by Jonathan Park on Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Among the multitude of equipment a facilities staff must oversee, catch basins (or storm drains) are certainly not the most complex; however, they play a vital role in maintaining the safety and health of a facility. A catch basin accepts stormwater, provides some basic physical filtration, and then releases the effluent into the watershed or a sewer system. 

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Tags: Facility Maintenance, catch basin maintenance

5 Things You Probably Don't Know About IATA

Posted by Doug Graham on Thu, Nov 05, 2015

If your organization ships hazardous materials by air, IATA likely plays a significant role in avoiding regulatory violations, emergency situations, and package rejections/shipping delays. Because it is a confusing topic for many, we’ve outlined the top 5 things you should know about IATA.

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Tags: IATA, compliance training, technical services

How To Transform Your Company’s Safety Culture

Posted by Jim Holland on Wed, Nov 04, 2015

It is rare, that a company or operation will consider their safety programs and performance proprietary, even with competitors. Yet with the abundance of ideas and programs, standards and best practices, all in the public domain, why do companies see vastly different outcomes in their safety performance? The answer in many cases is culture.  

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Tags: safety culture, technical services

The Periodic Table of EH&S: 4 Steps to Success

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Thu, Oct 29, 2015

 There isn’t a playbook for creating a best in class EH&S program. Managing all the facets and organizing them into steps is a difficult endeavor.

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Tags: technical services, EHS management

Four Common Wastewater Discharge Permit Violations and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Darrell Interess on Tue, Oct 27, 2015

Many people have heard the cliché, “The solution to pollution is dilution.” Unfortunately, many don’t realize operating under this principle is more likely to get you and your company into trouble than out of it. This article includes four common violations that demonstrate just this. Keep reading for best practices to avoid them.

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Tags: Field Services, wastewater, industrial

4 Things You Need to Do for OSHA’s New Compliance Directive

Posted by Rick Foote on Tue, Oct 20, 2015

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) underwent significant revisions in 2012 that became effective as of July 2015. The directive establishes policies and procedures to ensure uniform enforcement of the HCS and is applicable wherever OSHA regulations are enforceable. This post highlights the core requirements and inspection procedures you need to know.

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No More Boring RCRA Trainings: 4 Steps To Take Today

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Mon, Oct 12, 2015

For many, RCRA training is a necessary evil of their job training. As the person in charge of the training, it's your responsibility to make sure those in the training are engaged and learning what they need to know to perform their jobs safely and efficiently. Below, you'll find 4 steps that should be taken to ensure the training experience is worth while for your employees. 

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Tags: RCRA Training

Must Know Regulatory Updates: EPA Edition

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Mon, Oct 05, 2015

The EPA has been busy this month. With a range of suggested and confirmed updates to regulations, we pulled together a list of recent changes to help you keep track. For all the most recent updates in your industry, sign up for our monthly newsletter here.

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Tags: Clean Air Act, RCRA, EPA

4 Questions That Stand Between You and a Best-In-Class Environmental Preventative Maintenance Program

Posted by James Ciccone on Wed, Sep 30, 2015

Preventative maintenance is a crucial, yet underemphasized facet of Environmental, Health & Safety operations. A regular PM program allows you to create, streamline and optimize a preventative maintenance calendar in order to maximize compliance and minimize downtime. Here are four questions you need answered to optimize your PM program to do just that.

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Tags: Field Services, emergency response, facilitycare

3 Common Mistakes Made After Suspecting or Identifying PCB Contamination

Posted by Pat Doyle on Thu, Sep 24, 2015

Finding out that your building materials has PCBs opens a huge can of worms in terms of liability, and this discovery can wrack the nerves of even the most confident building manager. Determining the best practice for managing them can be a difficult task.

As a result, many facilities operators find it best to simply sweep their PCB problem under the proverbial rug in order to save time and money. This mentality, however, often works in reverse, leading to years of backlash and hundreds of thousands of dollars in remediation and settlement costs.

Here are three common ways people react to PCBs that cause more harm than good.

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Tags: PCB, remediation

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