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May 27, 2013
Environmental Daily Advisor Week in Review--May 20, 2013, to May 24, 2013

Last week, the Environmental Daily Advisor discussed OSHA's lab safety standard, the relationship between spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) and facility response plans (FRPs), and Good Samartians and liability.

Here's the Environmental Daily Advisor week in review.

Check into the lab safety standard--If you manage a laboratory, make sure you are familiar with OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard (commonly referred to as the Laboratory Standard).

More on lab safety--these tips will help you review your policies and procedures in light of the requirements of the Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) (also known as the Laboratory Standard).

SPCC/FRP Enforcement--EPA inspections of facilities in the Northwest from 2007 and 2011 found multiple violations of federal spill prevention rules and spill response requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

You have an SPCC Plan. Do you need an FRP?--According to EPA, about 4,400 of the more than 650,000 SPCC-regulated facilities also need to write and maintain a Facility Response Plan (FRP). These are facilities that, according to Appendix F of 40 CFR 112, could reasonably be expected to cause "substantial harm" to the environment by discharging oil into or on navigable waters.

Liability issues for 'Good Samaritans'--Have you been encourged by EPA, your state, or you municipality to voluntarily clean up a contaminated site? As a so-called, "Good Samaritan" you would be jsutified to be concerned about any liability they may incur by undertaking such a project.

BLR’s Environmental Daily Advisor is a free daily source of environmental compliance tips, news, and advice.

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