EHS Management

Top 10: Environmental Daily Advisor Year in Review

Happy Holidays from the Environmental Daily Advisor staff–Kelly, Rafael, Denise, Allison, and Amanda.

10 Steps to Get Rolling on a Recycling Program for Universal Waste Lamps

“If your facility resolves to be more green this New Year, a good place to start is a recycling program for your mercury-containing light bulbs. Here are 10 essential steps that businesses can take to properly manage used universal waste lamps.”

After a Spill: SPCC Notice and Amendment Requirements

Under the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations, if your facility has discharged more than 1,000 U.S. gal of oil in a single discharge, or 42 U.S. gal of oil in two separate discharges occurring within any 12-month period, you are required to submit a notice regarding that spill to your applicable EPA administrator within 60 days of the spill or release. In addition to the notice requirements, EPA may also require you to amend your facility’s SPCC Plan to adequately prevent and contain future oil discharges and releases.

RCRA Says Tossing Rags is a Rule-Breaker

Many facilities managing used oil often struggle with how to dispose of their oil saturated rags. One subscriber asked us if it was breaking the rules to sun-dry their rags and then throw them out with the regular trash. The short answer is yes. Here’s why.

GHS Pictogram Training Cheat Sheet

GHS compliant chemical labels will contain one or more 8 standardized hazard symbols used in pictograms. Each of these pictograms conveys the specific hazard of the chemical your workers should know about. Here are the details on each type of pictogram to share with your workers.

What EPA Means by ‘Waters of the United States’

Section 404 of the CWA defines the term “waters of the United States” as it applies to the jurisdictional, i.e., the geographic coverage, limits of the authority of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). It stipulates the policy, practices, and procedures to be used in determining the extent of jurisdiction of the Corps concerning “waters of the United States.” The term as it refers to the CWA Section 404 means the following.

HazMat Employee Training: Don’t Leave Anyone Out

In today’s Advisor, we outline who needs hazardous materials transportation training, and what that training should include.

Rules for Recycling Aerosol Cans experts get many questions from subscribers on how to properly dispose of aerosol cans. Why is this so confusing to Environmental Managers? It’s because there are so many factors involved in determining whether the aerosol can needs to be managed as a hazardous waste.

What Confuses Everybody About Secondary Containment

Think you’re the only environmental manager that gets confused by secondary containment? Well—you’re not. In my recent talks with EHS folks at SPCC regulated facilities, I kept hearing the same gripe about SPCC—secondary containment is confusing! Here’s BLR editors’ most frequently asked questions on secondary containment.

CAA Recordkeeping Cheat Sheet

It’s easy to regard recordkeeping as a dull nuisance—until having the right document means the difference between a hassle and smooth sailing with a regulator. Yesterday we gave you everything you need to know about NSPS and NESHAP recordkeeping. But there is more to keep track of under Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements.

8 Tips for Writing an Emergency Action Plan

OSHA strongly recommends that all businesses have an emergency action plan (EAP). And this makes sense that employers and workers alike would want to organize what they should be doing in the unfortunate event of an emergency. But that doesn’t mean putting together an EAP is easy.