Chemical substances can have an assortment of labels and placards as they move through commerce and eventually end up as waste products. The Departments of Labor (DOL) and Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have regulatory authority during various points of transport, storage, use, and disposal of hazardous substances. The National Fire Protection […]
The EPA’s release of its Draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos is a significant step in the Agency’s halting progress over more than 30 years to control the effects of one of the most carcinogenic substances in commercial use in the United States. The risk evaluation is a product of the 2016 amendments to the federal […]
Hazmat compliance. For some shippers, what is required for compliance can vary depending on their company’s point of view. On the one hand, compliance requirements can be considered tedious regulatory bureaucracy. But in today’s competitive economy, wherein efficiency counts, some shippers are taking compliance to another level and considering it a competitive edge. What made […]
A spill or release of a chemical just occurred at your facility. What do you do? Does it need to be reported? What information needs to be reported, to whom, and how soon?
Mold is everywhere—mold spores are part of the air we breathe, and they’re just looking for a nice, moist, overlooked spot where they can take root and grow. Although mold growth and the health problems it causes are most concerning in the wake of large-scale disaster like Hurricane Harvey’s historic floods, it’s actually important to […]
The rainfall along the Gulf coast during Hurricane Harvey was so historic that the National Weather Service had to update the color charts on its graphics in order to map it. The previous color scale topped out at rainfall greater than 15 inches (in.). The new chart adds two new colors, showing a maximum of […]
Yesterday we discussed a case where a company faced nearly $4.9 million in fines for alleged violations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules for protecting workers from exposure to restricted use pesticides (RUPs). Today we will review amendments to the regulations for RUP applications that could affect over 1 million RUP applicators nationwide.
A global chemical and seed manufacturer was recently fined millions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violations of several rules related to pesticides, including the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Today we’ll look at how this company ran afoul of its responsibilities when it comes to what the EPA considers the most dangerous pesticides: […]
The EPA recently published a summary of comments it received at three meetings held to inform the public about the Agency’s upcoming proposed regulations to prevent spills of hazardous chemicals from onshore facilities and to contain spills that do occur.
The maxim not to let your employees take hazardous materials home on their clothes or other personal items can now be seen as more than just a best practice. An influential state Supreme Court recently ruled that employers are responsible and liable under a “general duty of care” for injuries to household members affected by […]