The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on September 8, 2014, released their final rule on Pharmaceutical Controlled Substances and what options there are now for disposal. This final rule, took effect October 9, 2014, has expanded the program to make the disposal of pharmaceutical controlled substances simpler and safer. Here’s what you should know about the ruling.Read More
Environmental, Health & Safety Blog
Lithium batteries are the hottest topic in hazmat transportation today and the Federal Aviation Administration is aggressively enforcing penalties against employers who incorrectly offer them for transport (up to $77,114 per violation). To make matters worse, the shipping regulations are notoriously convoluted and confusing, and since their inception, have been continually changing.
Keep reading to learn more about the regulations and how you can stay compliant.
Why Are Lithium Batteries Regulated?Lithium metal batteries if damaged can cause spontaneous fires from lithium exposure to the moisture in the air.
Lithium metal batteries often contain chemical electrolyte that creates toxic and/or corrosive vapor when exposed to air- these can be released if the battery is damaged.
The temperature of a lithium metal fire exceeds the melting point of aluminium (the material of which most aircraft is composed).
For more on the potential harms of lithium batteries, register for our webinar here.Read More
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Many businesses view the issue of compliance as merely a nuisance, and the fines that result simply as the cost of doing business. However, in a couple of weeks, this “cost of doing business” is going to nearly double, thanks to a new regulation put in place by President Obama last November. The new rule, technically referred to as the “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015” allows OSHA to increase fines in keeping up with the rate of inflation. Even though annual inflation may only be 2% or so, OSHA hasn’t been able to raise their fines since 1990, so the organization is now catching up to the current value of the dollar to the tune of a 78% penalty increase, effective August 1. That said, let’s look at the age-old question, “Is compliance worth it?” a little more closely.Read More
Hazardous waste management is regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) under the EPA. Below the federal level, each state is authorized to adopt all the federal RCRA requirements or make their own state specific hazardous waste management regulations that are more stringent than the federal regulations. State regulations cannot be less stringent than the federal regulations. It is very important to understand the difference and follow your specific state regulations.Read More
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Keep reading for a round up of articles that will tell you what you need to know about upcoming penalty increases for major regulatory bodies.Read More
Whether you’re a large healthcare institution, a small research & development venture, an industrial manufacturing powerhouse, or somewhere in-between, outsourcing environmental, health, and safety operations has immense benefits for your organization. Outsourcing EH&S allows an organization to focus on its goals, while leaving the demanding safety, compliance, and health tasks to
Safety month is here! Check out these safety statistics to learn more about the importance of safety culture at your organization. For more on safety leadership in the workplace, check out our on-demand webinar here.
It’s uncomfortable; it’ll be quick; I forgot: Just a couple excuses employers hear every day when it comes to not complying with safety regulations.
Last week, Triumvirate Environmental hosted a webinar with Dr. James Kaufman of The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI). Throughout his presentation, Dr. Kaufman highlighted the ten most critical components of a lab safety program and how to be more effective when planning and implementing. Check out some of those components below and be sure to download the full presentation for more insight and examples:Read More
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