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Ten Tips for Working with Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is back in the news now that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new rule to control formaldehyde emissions from certain products. However, if your facility uses formaldehyde, as an environment, health, and safety (EHS) manager you have been required for a long time to safeguard your workers from formaldehyde exposure under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace safety requirements. Today we will offer some tips for working safely with formaldehyde.

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Truckers’ Expectations Met in Phase 2 Standards

American Trucking Associations (ATA) responded with “cautious optimism” to the final federal Phase 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The standards were adopted jointly by the EPA, which developed the GHG portion of the regulations, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which wrote the fuel-efficiency section. Industry’s reaction results in large measure from efforts by the agencies to involve affected sectors in the rulemaking process.

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Placards for Shipping

Q. Is there a threshold for placarding a trailer shipping compressed acetylene gas cylinders? I was told that if the cylinder and gas met or exceeded 1,000 pounds the trailer or vehicle transporting the cylinders would require placarding.

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Now Harley-Davidson Settles Defeat-Device Allegation

Following the $14.7 billion penalty leveled against Volkswagen®, EPA’s $12 million settlement with Harley-Davidson, Inc., over the company’s alleged sale of illegal defeat devices for use on its motorcycles, is a significant enforcement action that highlights the government’s militant stance against vehicle manufacturers it asserts are violating the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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Proposed TSCA Regs by the End of the Year

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act has brought about a long overdue reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Act was passed to address many of TSCA’s shortcomings and to allow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more authority to evaluate and mitigate the risks associated with chemicals used in this country.

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Court Refuses to Require Retroactive PM Deadlines

Two Clean Air Act (CAA) provisions governing deadlines for submission of state implementation plans (SIPs) to bring areas into attainment with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM) were at the core of a recent decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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What Must You Do to Control Formaldehyde Emissions?

If your facility is part of the supply chain for certain composite wood products, as the environmental health and safety (EHS) manager you now have responsibilities for formaldehyde emissions. If your facility uses formaldehyde, as an EHS manager you are required to safeguard your workers from formaldehyde exposure under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace safety requirements. Today we will review your responsibilities under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new formaldehyde emissions rule, and tomorrow we will offer some tips for working safely with formaldehyde.

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Training Records: A Source for Leading Indicators

It’s important to keep thorough training records because they help to demonstrate your compliance with environment, health, and safety (EHS) regulatory requirements. But that’s not the only use you can make of your training records.

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PPE and Combustible Dust- The Ofter Overlooked Piece of Protection

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Free Webinar: PPE and Combustible Dust- The Often Overlooked Piece of Protection

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Ensure ongoing compliance with MACT, NSPS, NESHAP, and state VOC and HAP regulations

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Ensure ongoing compliance with MACT, NSPS, NESHAP, and state VOC and HAP regulations

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