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The EPA's E-Manifesting Portal
Electronic manifesting for hazardous waste shipments began June 30, 2018.
Access the latest information on the EPA's E-Manifesting Portal.
Katt Training & Consluting can help your company transition to the new system. Please contact us for more information.
Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule Tracking Site
This matrix tracks state implementation of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule. Updated monthly, the matrix provides key information on rulemaking status, publication date, public hearing dates and comment periods, and the rule effective date.
Information is collected by a professional legislative and regulatory tracking service that monitors the development and adoption of the regulations, and individually contacts State Agencies to assess their progress on the Generator Improvement rulemaking process.
Katt Training can help you navigate the new rules in your state. Please contact us for more information.
90 days in Prison and $25,000 Fine for Illegal Dumping of Toxic Wastes
A truck driver is going to prison for illegally dumping toxic landfill waste in a soggy creek system that drains into one of central South Carolina's most well-known rivers, upstream from Congaree National Park.
Michael Greene, 45, received 90 days in prison, a $25,000 fine and one-year's probation after U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs questioned whether he understood the severity of dumping waste into a tributary of the Wateree River. [ more ]
EPA Issues Final Rule Allowing Aerosol Cans to be Reclassified as Universal Waste
The EPA issued a final rule that will take effect on Feb. 7, 2020 that will allow states to move used aerosol cans from the hazardous waste category to the universal waste category. Each state will need to adopt this rule.
Katt Training & Consulting will be incorporating this rule, along with other changes, into our upcoming Waste Management courses.
OSHA's Novel Coronavirus Website
This webpage provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The information includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infections with, 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in confirmed human infections in China and exported cases outside of China, including in the United States, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. China also has reported spread of the virus from infected patients to healthcare workers. [ more ]
$148,000 in Proposed Citations for Lock Out/Tag Out
CUMMING, GA – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Garick LLC – operating as Smith Garden Products – for exposing employees to safety hazards at the Cumming, Georgia, facility. The manufacturer of specialty mulch products faces $148,867 in penalties.
OSHA cited Garick LLC for failing to ensure energy control procedures contained clear and specific steps to limit the release of hazardous energy. OSHA also cited the company for failing to provide and ensure that employees affixed lockout/tagout devices to block machines and equipment from energy sources, train employees to recognize applicable hazardous energy sources, and conduct a periodic inspection of the lockout program at least annually. Other violations included failing to ensure machinery was effectively guarded, allowing employees to operate defective powered industrial trucks, and failing to reduce compressed air to the appropriate level before allowing employees to use it for cleaning purposes. OSHA conducted the inspection in accordance with the National Emphasis Program on Amputations and the Regional Emphasis Program for Powered Industrial Trucks. [ more ]
OSHA's Guidance Document for Preparing for Coronavirus in the Workplace
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It has spread from China to many other countries around the world, including the United States. Depending on the severity of COVID-19's international impacts, outbreak conditions—including those rising to the level of a pandemic—can affect all aspects of daily life, including travel, trade, tourism, food supplies, and financial markets.
The EPA's Coronavirus Website
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. This website provides key EPA resources on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This website includes information about disinfectants that are effective against the Coronavirus.
Center for Disease Control's Workplace Response to COVID-19 Website
This Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website is targeted for businesses that are both operating and reopening. It includes a decision tree to help you evaluate if your business is ready to reopen, information on disinfection procedures and guidance for preventing COVID-19 transmission at operating businesses.
In addition, there are links to OSHA's COVI-19 guidance document and postings you can use in your business.
KTC can help you develop a plan to safely reopen, evaluate your current response to the pandemic and train your employees on any new procedures or personal protective equipment (PPE) they may be using as we reopen.
OSHA's Heat Stress Website
Millions of U.S. workers are exposed to heat in their workplaces. Although illness from exposure to heat is preventable, every year, thousands become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some cases are fatal. Most outdoor fatalities, 50% to 70%, occur in the first few days of working in warm or hot environments because the body needs to build a tolerance to the heat gradually over time. The process of building tolerance is called heat acclimatization. Lack of acclimatization represents a major risk factor for fatal outcomes. [ more ]
$40,482 in Proposed Penalities for Alleged Improper Use of N95 Filtering Facepieces
CLEVELAND, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited healthcare company OHNH EMP LLC for violating respiratory protection standards following an inspection initiated after the company reported the coronavirus-related hospitalization of seven employees.
OSHA inspected three OHNH EMP facilities in Ohio: Pebble Creek Healthcare Center in Akron, and Salem West Healthcare Center and Salem North Healthcare Center in Salem. OSHA cited each location for a serious violation of two respiratory protection standards: failing to develop a comprehensive written respiratory protection program and failing to provide medical evaluations to determine employees' ability to use a respirator in the workplace. OSHA also issued a Hazard Alert Letter regarding the company's practice of allowing N95 respirator use for up to seven days and not conducting initial fit testing. The agency has proposed $40,482 in penalties. [ more ]
Over $9,500 in Proposed Fines for Failing to Conduct Fit Testing and Training
PARAMUS, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited CarePlus Bergen Inc., doing business as Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, for violating respiratory protection standards at its Paramus, New Jersey, location. OSHA cited the hospital for two serious violations, with proposed penalties of $9,639.
Based on a coronavirus-related inspection, OSHA cited the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center for failing to fit test tight-fitting face piece respirators on employees who were required to use them. The hospital also failed to train employees on proper respirator use and ensure employees understood when to wear a respirator.
"Employers must take action to protect their employees during the pandemic, including implementing effective respiratory protection programs," said OSHA Hasbrouck Heights Area Office Director Lisa Levy. "OSHA standards require healthcare workers to be fit-tested to ensure the respirators they use provide adequate protection." [ more ]
Over $2,000,000 in Total Proposed Penalties for COVID-19 Related Issues
WASHINGTON, DC – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Oct. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited 144 establishments for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $2,025,431.
OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:
Implement a written respiratory protection program;
24 Year Old Worker Killed in Struck-By Accident
A young construction worker was fatally crushed as he stood between two trucks in East Flatbush, Brooklyn Friday — when one of the vehicles backed into him, police said.
Saqueo Mejia, 24, of Sunset Park, was crushed just after noon on Troy Avenue when a large dump truck driven backed up, pinning him from the chest up against the second truck. [ more ]
Over $800,000 in Proposed Fines for SPCC Violations
PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 19, 2020) – Koppers Inc. has agreed to settle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of West Virginia and the state of Pennsylvania to resolve alleged violations of federal and state environmental laws at its facilities in Follansbee and Green Spring, West Virginia, and Clairton, Pennsylvania, EPA announced today.
A complaint filed with the settlement agreement cited violations of the Clean Water Act's Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Facility Response Plan (FRP) requirements. The SPCC rules help facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. The FRP rules require certain facilities to submit a response plan and prepare to respond to a worst-case oil discharge or threat of a discharge. Koppers is a Pittsburgh-based company involved in carbon materials and chemicals, railroad products and services, and performance chemicals. [ more ]
OSHA's Website for Seasonal Worker Safety - COVID-19 Safety for Retail Workers
As the nation enters a very different holiday shopping season, employers must ensure that all workers are trained to recognize and prevent job hazards, and incorporate safe work practices to prevent exposure to the coronavirus. OSHA has resources to help keep workers safe at every step along the way in getting gifts from the warehouse to your home.
OSHA's Winter Weather Safety Website
Winter weather presents hazards including slippery roads/surfaces, strong winds and environmental cold. Employers must prevent illnesses, injuries, or fatalities, by controlling these hazards in workplaces impacted by winter weather.
OSHA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are working together on a public education effort aimed at improving the way people prepare for and respond to severe weather. This page is designed to help businesses and their workers prepare for winter weather, and to provide information about hazards that workers may face during and after winter storms.
U.S. Department of Labor Reminds Specific Employers to Submit Required 2020 Injury and Illness Data by March 2, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds employers that the agency will begin collecting calendar year 2020 Form 300A data on Jan. 2, 2021. Employers must submit the form electronically by March 2, 2021.
Electronic submissions are required by establishments with 250 or more employees currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees classified in specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. [ more ]
IATA Releases an Addendum to the 2021 Dangerous Goods Regulations
IATA (The International Air Transport Association) has released an addendum to the 2021 Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). The addendum details changes made regarding hand sanitizer carried as crew equipment or by a passenger for personal use.
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