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Safety consultant, contractor office

Who Needs to Train Your Onsite Consultant on Safety Issues?

If you have a third-party consultant with an office space onsite, you may have a lot of questions about how this employee needs to receive appropriate safety training. How do you classify him or her when it comes to required trainings such as Hazard Communication? Since he or she isn’t a temporary employee, do they […]

Fireworks over Honolulu

RCRA Emergency Permits and Safe Disposal of Waste Fireworks

In 2013, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) reported on an explosion and fire that occurred in 2011 at a fireworks disposal magazine in Hawaii in which five personnel were killed. According to the CSB, the use of equipment that could cause a spark likely ignited black powder that had accumulated inside […]

Air pollution, pollutants, smokestacks

EPA Proposal Would Allow Major Sources to Reclassify

Under a new EPA proposal, a major source of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) could be reclassified as an area source at any time by limiting its potential to emit (PTE) HAPs to below the major source thresholds of 10 tons per year (tpy) of any single HAP or 25 tpy of any combination of HAPs. […]

Chemical plant workers, piping

CSB Cites Chain of Failures in DuPont Plant Deaths

A “chain of failures” in emergency response and process safety management led to the November 2014 deaths of four workers following a methyl mercaptan release at the DuPont Plant in La Porte, Texas, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).

USA map safety belt

Overdoses and Car Crashes Affect States’ Rates of Preventable Death

Last week, the National Safety Council (NSC) released its annual list of states with the lowest and highest rates of unintentional, preventable deaths, which include poisonings (largely from drug overdoses), car crashes, and falls. Death rates were calculated per 100,000 population, and all analysis was conducted by NSC using 2017 data from the National Center […]

Paint cans, lead paint

EPA Rule Targets Children’s Exposure to Lead Dust from Paint

In a final rule, the EPA has revised its dust-lead hazard standards (DLHS) to address exposures generated by lead-based paint in residential dwellings and child-occupied facilities (COFs). The rule complies with orders issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in December 2017 and March 2018. The court had found in favor […]

Laptop computer technology

CWA Public Hearings: Guidance for Modernization

The use of computers and Internet conferencing are well-established tools for business meetings. But that may not be the case for states and Indian tribes that hold the public hearings that Clean Water Act (CWA) Sections 303(c)(1) and 101(e) and 40 CFR 131.20(b) require when amending or reviewing water quality standards (WQSs).

Contaminated wipes, solvents

Contaminated Wipes and the ‘No-Free-Liquids’ Condition

In 2013, the EPA promulgated a final rule that removed solvent-contaminated wipes that are either cleaned and reused or disposed of from regulation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The exclusions come with conditions, meaning the generators of these wipes must conduct certain actions to qualify. One such condition described here is that […]