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On this episode of EHS on Tap, we speak with the Senior Vice President of Ergodyne’s Operations and Product Management, Greg Schrab. We address the design evolution of personal protective equipment, or PPE, and how these interestingly sleek designs are attracting millennials and changing attitudes in the direction of safety and protection in the workplace.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has issued a blistering critique of EPA’s compliance with its environmental justice (EJ) obligations.

Much has been written on the impending revisions to EPA's RMP regulations. However, OSHA is quietly progressing on its own PSM program revisions. There has always been some overlap in the requirements of the RMP and PSM program, but will the upcoming revisions bring these programs further into lockstep or send them on divergent paths requiring more effort to comply with both?

The EPA has issued a short strategy describing its plan to address hazardous waste generated by the retail sector. The strategy comprises three parts—(1) issuing guidance and rules; (2) researching retail hazardous waste management practices; and (3) identifying additional approaches to outstanding issues.
In response to requests from stakeholders, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have published a joint guidance memo to clarify their respective requirements for labeling hazardous chemicals for bulk shipments.
In conjunction with the release if its Draft Malathion Human Health Risk Assessment, the EPA has sent an advisory letter to mosquito control professionals in local governments and mosquito control districts on malathion aerial spraying to reduce risks to people and particularly to young children.
Responding to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, Los Padres ForestWatch, and Earthjustice (plaintiffs), a U.S. District Court judge ordered the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to complete a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing on public lands in southern and central California.
In a final action, the EPA has updated its 2011 Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) with respect to the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
On September 15, 2016, the Senate passed S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), by a vote of 95 to 3.
The U.S. EPA recently announced that it is extending the reporting window for submitting TSCA Chemical Data Reports (CDR) from September 30 to October 31, 2016. 
In a letter, the governors of seven ethanol-producing states asked EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to grant a waiver to allow the use of E15 (fuel comprising 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol) during the summer months (June 1 to September 15).
In response to two petitions for reconsideration from industry and one from an environmental group, the EPA has again amended its March 2011 National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for area source industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers.
On September 8, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills—Senate Bill (SB) 32 and Assembly Bill (AB) 197—that are intended to extend by 10 years the state’s legal requirement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

At the 2016 StormCon conference, stormwater professionals sought information on how to better their respective stormwater programs and to teach others the hard lessons learned. One simple concept stood out the most—the importance of basic communication.This article focuses mainly on construction stormwater, but the tips can be readily applied to all stormwater programs as well as to other industries.

In the United States, crashes of large commercial aircraft are rare, but crashes of civilian or nonairline passenger craft are not.
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The hard-rock mining industry and its advocates in Congress, as well as some Western states, are watching and waiting with concern as the EPA moves toward a December 1, 2016, deadline to “commence rulemaking” for financial assurance requirements for the sector.
Whether you are a private entity, a state or local government, or a federal agency, if you are proposing an action that is subject to a NEPA review, that review will consider the project’s impact on the climate if that impact is either an adverse release of GHGs or a beneficial sequestrationof carbon, regardless of the amount of the release or the sequestration.
Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule: Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems Offshore Information Sheet
This Bulletin publishes answers to frequently asked questions regarding the new 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines as they pertain to Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting (SMFF) exercises and Government Initiated Unannounced Exercises (GIUEs).
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Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule: Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems Offshore Information Sheet
This Bulletin publishes answers to frequently asked questions regarding the new 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines as they pertain to Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting (SMFF) exercises and Government Initiated Unannounced Exercises (GIUEs).
This EPA guide will help those who use solvents in the workplace understand the RCRA hazardous waste rules, improve your understanding of the hazardous waste regulations associated with solvents, characterize and determine if your waste solvents are classified as hazardous wastes, and answer commonly asked questions about solvents.
This document includes a decision tree that will help you determine if the requirements of the Directive apply to your product.
On June 22, 2016 President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a bipartisan bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act.
EPA's implementation plan is intended to be a roadmap of major activities EPA will focus on during the initial year of implementation. It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all requirements in the new law.
EPA has provided answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.
During the development of TSCA Reform legislation, EPA published a document, titled The Essential Principles for Reform of Chemicals Management Legislation, detailing the agency's goals for updated TSCA legislation. Did they get what they wanted?
This flowchart details the EPA's timeline for evaluating existing chemicals under TSCA reform legislation. This flowchart is an excerpt from EPA's June 30, 2016 webinar, titled The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: Overview.
This table details the EPA's milestones for implementing TSCA Reform requirements over the next 5 years. This table is an excerpt from the EPA's June 30, 2016 webinar, titled The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: Overview.
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Many federal environmental, safety, and transportation rules contain requirements to train employees to protect themselves, the public, or the environment from workplace hazards. A few requirements are very prescriptive (e.g., detailed steps to certification), but most are "performance-based" in that they set qualitative goals (e.g., effective, lead to understanding, demonstrate proficiency) that allow the employer to determine the best way to achieve the desired outcome.
Air emissions permits are divided into two distinct categories: construction permits and operating permits. The applicability of various permitting programs within each category is dependent on the type and quantity of the pollutants emitted, the attainment status of the area where the source is located, and the date the source was constructed or modified. The quantity of emissions from a source will determine whether the source can be classified as a major source or if changes at the source can be classified as a major modification. Major sources must comply with federal construction and operating permit programs, most of which are administered at the state or local level.
Technological advances have created a dependence on electronic products both at home and in the workplace. As a result, the wastestream of used electronics waste is growing rapidly throughout the United States and the world. Electronic equipment, such as television screens, computers, DVD players, copying machines, circuit boards, batteries, cathode ray tubes, tablets and cell phones, can contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium.
Pretreatment standards are derived from a variety of sources. The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promulgate pretreatment standards and requirements with the purpose of reducing the level of pollutants discharged by industry and other nondomestic wastewater sources into municipal storm sewer systems. The EPA has established general and specific prohibited discharge standards that are applicable to all nondomestic users and categorical general pretreatment regulations that require publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) to develop local limits when necessary to implement the prohibited discharge standards. Limits may be met by industrial sources through pollution prevention techniques (product substitution, recycling, and reuse of materials), best management practices, or treatment of the wastewater. States and POTWs have the option of establishing more stringent requirements.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted to address the increasing problems of toxic substances. Through the provisions of TSCA, the EPA can collect or require the development of information about the toxicity of particular chemicals and the extent to which people and the environment are exposed to them. Such information allows the EPA to assess whether the chemicals pose unreasonable risks to humans and the environment. TSCA provides the basis for EPA's New and Existing Chemicals programs and the basis for national programs for major chemicals of concern, such as asbestos, lead, mercury, and radon, and the foundation for other TSCA programs, such as addressing environmental issues in schools, including energy efficiency under TSCA Title V.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules define a stormwater discharge associated with industrial activity as "the discharge from any conveyance ... used for collecting and conveying stormwater and which is directly related to manufacturing, processing or raw materials storage areas at an industrial plant.
This analysis describes the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) hazard communication (HazCom), or worker "right-to-know," requirements for general industry and construction workplaces, including OSHA's adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). OSHA's HazCom rule for the construction industry adopts the general industry rule by reference.
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