RCRA civil penalties can be as high as $37,500 per violation, per day.While employee training is one of the most frequently cited RCRA violations, once you have a clear understanding of the requirements it’s also one of the easiest to avoid. Like many generators, you probably know you are responsible for training employees but may be confused as to who needs to be trained and how much training is necessary. Add another layer of state-specific programs and you have a recipe for compliance issues. This post provides clarification around: who needs RCRA training, Federal and State-Specific Training Requirements, and what steps to take next.Read More
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Safety should be universal, but many organizations find themselves falling short. The key difference? A clear and consistent safety culture.Read More
Section 312 of the Emergency Planning Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 states that Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reports, also known as Tier II Reports, must be submitted annually by March 1st to your State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and local fire department(s). Failure to comply with Tier II reporting requirements can cost your organization. Each violation of EPCRA Section 312 may result in civil penalties of up to $25,000. Each day a violation continues constitutes a separate violation.
This past October, the EPA signed the final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule to provide greater flexibility to hazardous waste generators and clarification around certain components of the hazardous generator program in an effort to improve compliance and environmental protection. Some revisions appear to be more lenient than existing regulations, while others are more stringent. I recently delivered a webinar on this topic and provide answers to some of the most common questions received.
Winter officially begins this week and with sub-freezing temperatures settling in for much of the country, we'd like to share some safety tips for the upcoming season. Stay warm out there!Read More
It’s not uncommon to group molds into very broad categories like “common mold” or “black mold”. This fails to address the reality that molds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and pathogenic qualities. This failure to address the differences in molds or even recognize that you might have mold can result in failure to properly treat them. For this reason it’s important to have a working knowledge of the different types of molds, where they are found, and how benign or dangerous they are.Read More
Whether you are expanding into a new space, renovating, moving operations, consolidating laboratories, or decommissioning a facility, laboratory cleanout and relocation can be complicated and costly. In this webinar lab relocation expert, Ian Lanza, shares best practices for successfully moving a lab.
I attended one of our very own RCRA hazardous waste trainings today. RCRA training is necessary to your success at your job if you’re dealing with the waste your company generates. RCRA is not just another set of regulations to make your job more difficult and complex. It has an interesting and important history and function within your organization. Not sure what I mean? Here are the top 5 reasons you want to get RCRA trained.
So you’re looking to minimize your waste...Maybe it’s to cut down spending. Maybe to save employees time & confusion.Read More