“Case Studies on Safer Alternatives for Solvent Degreasing Applications”

The transition to sustainable manufacturing is best accomplished by using pollution prevention (P2) approaches. This paper summarizes a number of case studies that highlight the P2 approach of switching to aqueous and less toxic metal cleaners to reduce health risks and manufacturing costs. EPA compiled these case studies as a supplement to "Pollution Prevention (P2) … Continue reading “Case Studies on Safer Alternatives for Solvent Degreasing Applications”

“TSCA Reform: A Simple 5-point Summary of What You Need to Know “

After 40 years, the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been reformed in an effort to more effectively manage chemicals in this country and give EPA more authority to evaluate and mitigate the associated risks. This infographic summarizes the important points of TSCA reform.

“Maximum Civil Penalties for Violations of Environmental (USEPA) Statutes Are Now Significantly Higher After Inflation Adjustment”

In a federal rulemaking published last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued interim final regulations adjusting the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for violations of various provisions of law. 81 Fed. Reg. 43091 (July 1, 2016). The recently enacted Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act), not only … Continue reading “Maximum Civil Penalties for Violations of Environmental (USEPA) Statutes Are Now Significantly Higher After Inflation Adjustment”

“New TSCA Law Starts NOW!”

“For the first time in 20 years, we are updating a national environmental statute,” said President Obama before signing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on Wednesday. The president noted that the updated law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which took effect in 1976 “didn’t quite work the way … Continue reading “New TSCA Law Starts NOW!”

“RMP Changes Are Almost Here, Stay A Step Ahead”

By Timothy P Fagan, Senior Legal Editor 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 … Continue reading “RMP Changes Are Almost Here, Stay A Step Ahead”

“CSB Releases New Safety Video Entitled “Shock to the System” Offering Key Lessons for Preventing Hydraulic Shock in Ammonia Refrigeration Systems”

Latest Safety Video Includes Detailed Animation of 32,000- Pound Release of Ammonia in Alabama which Led to Offsite Injuries Including Multiple Hospitalizations in 2010 Washington, D.C, March 26, 2015 – Today the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its latest safety video detailing key lessons from the release of 32,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia that … Continue reading “CSB Releases New Safety Video Entitled “Shock to the System” Offering Key Lessons for Preventing Hydraulic Shock in Ammonia Refrigeration Systems”

“Just The Facts About GHS”

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is a hot topic of discussion, both domestically and internationally. The adoption of GHS by OSHA has already had and will continue to have profound effects on chemical data management initiatives, both for companies that must author and publish material safety data sheets (MSDS) for their chemical products, as well … Continue reading “Just The Facts About GHS”

“The US EPA Is Improving Public Access to (YOUR) Environmental Inspection and Compliance Data”

  Marion Herz, the Chief of Staff for EPA’s Office of Compliance, just blogged that EPA has launched a new compliance website to “make it easier to stay informed about our work and to share tools that can help companies and others follow the law.” Herz notes that the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) … Continue reading “The US EPA Is Improving Public Access to (YOUR) Environmental Inspection and Compliance Data”

“OSHA Emphasizes Safety In The Primary Metal Industries”

On October 20, OSHA issued a National Emphasis Program (NEP) for Primary Metal Industries. The NEP is intended to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposure to harmful chemical and physical health hazards in facilities in those industries. OSHA says that individuals employed in the primary metal industries (smelting and refining of ferrous and nonferrous … Continue reading “OSHA Emphasizes Safety In The Primary Metal Industries”

“App of the Day” – WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders)

WISER for iOS 3.1.1 Released & Important Ebola Resources‏ Download WISER for iOS here:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wiser-for-ios/id375185381?mt=8