Tag: Environmental Protection Agency

RMP Changes Are Here … Almost

It has been 3 years since the ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas, killed 15 people, injured hundreds, and caused widespread damage. Just a few months after that event, President Obama’s Executive Order (EO) 13650 set into motion actions by numerous government agencies designed to enhance the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce […]

What Should You Do as a Co-generator of Hazardous Waste?

It would be reasonable to think that when hazardous waste is produced that there is only one hazardous waste generator, given the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) definition, which states that “Generator means any person, by site, whose act or process produces hazardous waste identified or listed in [40 CFR 261] or whose act first […]

What’s New with NIOSH and Nanomaterials?

Yesterday we reviewed the status of  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed reporting requirements for nanomaterials and the Agency’s recent approval of a pesticide containing nanosilver. Today we will look at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) recent research concerning how nanomaterials affect worker safety and health.

What’s New with EPA and Nanomaterials?

As EHS professionals, we have heard a lot of talk about nanomaterials and their possible effects on the environment. But what about worker safety? Today we will review the status of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed reporting requirements for nanomaterials and the Agency’s recent approval of a pesticide containing nanosilver. Tomorrow we will […]

When the Whistle Blows, Will OSHA Say You Retaliated? The Rules Have Changed

When a worker believes that his employer is breaking federal law, he or she may “blow the whistle” by reporting the employer to regulators, who then open an investigation. Unscrupulous employers may retaliate against whistleblowers by denying them raises, bonuses, or promotions; demoting them; making their lives at work so miserable that they quit; or […]

Does Your Asbestos Training Stack Up?

Yesterday we talked about some hefty fines that OSHA recently imposed on companies for exposing their workers to asbestos during a building renovation project. Today we will review required training for employees who must work with asbestos-containing material (ACM) in construction activities. In addition to the basic asbestos training requirements for general industry, OSHA has […]

Hefty Fines for Worker Asbestos Exposure

Late last year, three Austin, Texas-based employers were fined a total of $112,000 for exposing their workers to asbestos. Let’s see what happened in the Lone Star State and consider how you can avoid asbestos-related citations and fines. All three employers were involved in a commercial real estate renovation project at a residential apartment construction worksite […]

Safer Chemical Management: Can OSHA Regulate Exposures Without PELs?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published permissible exposure limits (PELs) for about 500 chemicals—and most of those PELs have not been updated since 1971. In the intervening four 4 decades, the number of chemicals used in the United States has exploded and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substances Control […]

Oil and Gas Flowback Operations: Releasing a Killer

It was the deaths of the healthier oilfield workers that raised a red flag. The nine oilfield workers who died between 2010 and 2015 while performing tank gauging or sampling were initially ruled by medical examiners to have died of natural causes. But a lot of those workers were too young, and too healthy, for […]