Tag: inspection

Agency Guidance Documents Restricted by Executive Orders

The Trump administration extended its campaign to curtail the power of federal agencies to “stifle economic growth and hurt small businesses” into the area of guidance documents. In two Executive Orders (EO) published October 9, 2019, President Donald Trump placed restrictions on the issuance of significant guidance documents as well as on how guidance documents […]

Balancing environmental enforcement and business

EPA Deals Out Big Fines in Q3

In Q3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized 158 settlement agreements with companies small and large across the United States. There was a definitive increase in enforcement actions, with only 106 penalties issued in the previous quarter. Here we highlight some of the biggest fines.

Inspector is taking notes to a notepad in front of a facility.

EHS Enforcement Begins (and Ends) with Your Permits

No one looks forward to the day when the regulatory authority arrives at your facility for an inspection.  Will he or she find issues of noncompliance?  Will an enforcement action or penalty be forthcoming?  But remember, the ultimate goal of the inspector is not to write up a notice of violation but to ensure your […]

Fall Safety Stand-Down Strategies: Elevate Your Worker Involvement

This week is the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) fall safety stand-down, and OSHA is encouraging employers to be creative about engaging employees in a discussion of fall hazards and fall protection. So when you’re planning your stand-down activities, look for ways to engage workers that go beyond your usual toolbox talk.

The Pitfalls of Reporting Severe Injuries to OSHA

How did you fare in your first year of reporting under the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) new severe injury reporting rule? According to a report recently released by OSHA, over 10,000 severe injuries were reported. Today we will review the key findings in the report and talk a bit about pitfalls in conducting […]

Workers Exposed to Chemicals, Employers Exposed to Fines: Three Recent Cases (Cont.)

When you think about chemical safety and compliance, the first standard that comes to mind might be the hazard communication standard. However, there are a lot of standards that apply to hazardous chemical safety. Yesterday, we looked at two employers that failed to comply with Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, personal protective equipment, and […]

EPA Releases Proposed Changes to the Cost of RMP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its proposed amendments to the Chemical Accidental Release Prevention Program, aka the Risk Management Program. Concurrently, the Agency also released a Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA). Yesterday we reviewed EPA’s estimated costs for changes concerning third-party audits, root cost analyses, and safer technology and alternative analyses. Today we […]