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Accumulating Universal Waste: The One-Year Factor

“One year” is the operative time frame for managing universal wastes under the RCRA regulations at 40 CFR 273. All handlers of universal waste have one year to keep universal waste onsite. To prove that it meets this time limitation, the handler must be able to demonstrate the number of days the universal waste has […]

[Infographic] Guide to the New ANSI and EN388 Cut Levels

[Infographic] Guide to the New ANSI and EN388 Cut Levels by Joe Geng Did you hear? ISEA recently announced the arrival the new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 Hand Protection Classification. Among the many other significant changes to the old cut testing standard, this exciting news means that, in order to increase the accuracy in test results among […]

Tribes to Establish TMDLs

Federally recognized Indian tribes with reservations may soon be able to apply to the EPA to run Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 303(d), the total maximum daily load (TMDL) program for U.S. waters located on those reservations.

What Happens When You Don’t Protect Your Workers from Lead Exposure

A company in Waverly, Ohio, was recently fined over $56,000 for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) lead standard concerning exposure monitoring and the use of personal protective equipment. Today we will review the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for lead, take a look at what happened in this particular case, and urge […]

New FMCSA Rule Imposes Penalties for Coercion of CMV Drivers

Effective January 29, 2016, motor carriers, shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries are prohibited from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in violation of several provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs); the commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations, drug and alcohol testing rules; the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs); and commercial regulations. Keep […]

State vs. Federal Container Rules

Do states follow the federal requirements for the management of containers used to store or accumulate hazardous waste? Yes. Why? Because they have to. Do some states have container rules that are stricter than the federal rules? Yes. Why? Because they can. Under RCRA, a state’s hazardous waste provisions must be as strict as the […]

Gas Detection: Hydrogen Sulfide Hazards and Releases

Hydrogen sulfide, or sour gas, is a flammable, colorless gas that is toxic at extremely low concentrations. It is heavier than air, and may accumulate in low-lying areas. It smells like “rotten eggs” at low concentrations and causes workers to quickly lose their sense of smell. Hydrogen sulfide, or sour gas, is a flammable, colorless […]