Tag: Training Program

7 Steps for an Effective HazMat Training Program

DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) require that hazmat employees receive “adequate training” for their specific job duties. As a hazmat employer, you are left in the dark as to what “adequate training” actually means. As a matter of fact, DOT has written a letter of interpretation that states the agency’s position on the meaning of […]

HAZWOPER: What You Need to Know for Emergency Responders Training

Emergency responders must be trained before their participation in emergency response operations. Their training must be based on the functions and duties they will be expected to perform. Examples of activities emergency responders could be involved in include: Responding to the spill of a highly toxic substance from an overturned 55-gallon drum Responding to a […]

HAZWOPER—Who You Gonna Train?

HAZWOPER applies to employers involved in three general categories of work operations: Hazardous waste site cleanup operations (e.g., Superfund, voluntary cleanups, and corrective actions under RCRA) Operations involving hazardous waste at TSDFs (e.g., a landfill that accepts hazardous waste), and Emergency response operations for releases of, or the threat of release of, hazardous substances at […]

“In the Field and on the Floor”: 3 Steps to Ensure the Effectiveness of Your Employee Training Program

Step 1: Know Which Agency Rules Apply The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), OSHA, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) each have separate training rules, but there is often overlap among the various training requirements. For example, an employer may have workers managing hazardous waste and have the […]

Landlord to Clean Up Act and Sites Impacted by Lead–Based Paint

Landlord to Clean Up Act and Sites Impacted by Lead–Based Paint In a joint announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, a settlement was reached with a Cincinnati property manager for failure to inform tenants that […]

New Voluntary Manufacturers Program to Control Pesticide Drift

New Voluntary Manufacturers Program to Control Pesticide Drift Pesticides that drift onto neighboring properties increase risk of exposure for human populations in schools, homes, and adjacent fields and can negatively impact water, the environment, and wildlife. Even as the EPA is more strictly regulating pesticides and farmworkers, the reality of pesticide drift or volatilization has […]

HAZWOPER Medical Surveillance FAQs—Part 2

HAZWOPER Medical Surveillance FAQs—Part 2 Q: At what time(s) are medical examinations and consultations required for employees covered under the HAZWOPER regulations? A: The frequency requirements for medical examinations and consultations are established as follows: For employees covered under 1910.120(f)(2)(i), (ii), and (iv), employers must make medical examinations and consultations available: Before assignment, At least […]

HAZWOPER Medical Surveillance FAQs—Part 1

HAZWOPER Medical Surveillance FAQs—Part 1 Q: Which employees must employers include in a medical surveillance program? A: According to 29 CFR 1910.120(f)(2)(i)–(iv), employees who meet the following requirements must be included in a medical surveillance program: All employees who are or may be exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards at or above the permissible […]

8 Recommendations for Meth Lab Clean Up

8 Recommendations for Meth Lab Clean Up 1) Due to the dangers associated with meth labs from the drug itself and other chemicals used in the manufacturing process, hiring a contractor can be the best option. However, the EPA recommends several things be considered first: Does the contractor have hazardous waste experience, and is the […]

A Regulatory Review for Meth Lab Clean Up

A Regulatory Review for Meth Lab Clean Up The illegal manufacturing of meth is occurring nationwide in cities and towns, homes and businesses, and even in vehicles. It can be accomplished using over-the-counter drugs and household chemicals such as ammonia, solvents, muriatic acid, and even salt. Due to the variety of “recipes” for “cooking” meth, […]