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Environmental, Health & Safety Blog

RCRA Training Requirements: Know Them or Risk Fines

Posted by James Ciccone on Mon, Jan 23, 2017

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.

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Tags: RCRA, RCRA Training, compliance

Why Safety Culture Is More Important than You Think

Posted by Jim Holland on Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Safety should be universal, but many organizations find themselves falling short. The key difference? A clear and consistent safety culture.

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Tags: safety, safety culture

Are You Prepared for the March 1 Tier II Reporting Deadline?

Posted by Matt Teeter on Mon, Jan 09, 2017

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.

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Tags: eh&s, regulations, Tier II, tier II reports

Q&A Series: 7 Hot-Button Questions (and Answers) Regarding the EPA's Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule Revisions

Posted by Gigi Dambreville on Thu, Dec 29, 2016

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.

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Tags: EPA regulations, EPA, generator status, waste generators, generators, haz waste disposal

Winter Safety Tips for the 2016-2017 Season

Posted by James Ciccone on Mon, Dec 19, 2016

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!

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Tags: safety, winter

You Might Have Mold: 4 Most Common Lab Molds and Where They Live

Posted by Pat Doyle on Fri, Dec 09, 2016

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.

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Tags: remediation projects, Field Services, mold remediation

Q&A Series: 3 Key Lab Relocation Questions Answered by Industry Expert, Ian Lanza

Posted by James Ciccone on Mon, Dec 05, 2016

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.

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Tags: lab move, ANSI, lab relocation, lab moves, lab decontamination, lab decommissioning

5 Reasons Why RCRA Training Should Interest You

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Mon, Nov 28, 2016

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.

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Tags: RCRA, hazardous waste, EPA

13 Waste Minimization Hacks for the Healthcare Industry

Posted by Sasha Laferte on Mon, Nov 21, 2016

So you’re looking to minimize your waste...Maybe it’s to cut down spending. Maybe to save employees time & confusion.

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Tags: waste minimization, waste management, healthcare, waste management services

Are You Using Peroxide Forming Compounds?

Posted by Olivia Smith on Mon, Nov 14, 2016

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Tags: eh&s, lab safety, peroxide, Education, life sciences, technical services