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We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up-to-date with the changing regs. See the updated section on the what's new page to find all of the topics.
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OSHA's Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard requires that employees be informed of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace and how to protect themselves from those hazards. This course reaffirms how that information is conveyed to employees. By the end of this refresher training session, you will be able to explain the purpose and requirement of OSHA’s HazCom Standard; identify chemical hazards and safe work practices using labels and safety data sheets (SDSs); recognize the effects and symptoms of exposure to hazardous chemicals; identify appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against specific hazards; and respond quickly and effectively to hazardous chemical exposures and spills.
This course provides information about mold hazards in the workplace for those persons responsible for maintaining a safe workplace environment, such as maintenance and custodial staff and their supervisors. Other employees will also benefit from instruction as to how to detect mold and the conditions that promote mold growth. By the end of this session, trainees will be able to recognize the potential health hazards of exposure to mold and how it can affect them; identify mold and the places where mold is likely to occur in an indoor environment; implement measures to control moisture indoors and thereby help prevent mold growth; and conduct an effective cleanup of small amounts of mold contamination safely.
Partisan politics are blamed for the House's failure to pass a bill that would have amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to prohibit the manufacturing, processing, and distribution of asbestos or any mixture or article containing asbestos, according to The Hill.
On October 15, 2020, the EPA proposed Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) revisions to reduce summertime nitrous oxides (NOx) emissions from upwind power plants in 12 states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
On October 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updated COVID-19 guidance, specifically the definition of “close contact.”
Chlorpyrifos, a chemical used to prevent insect infestation in crops, has been linked to neurodevelopmental issues, including impaired working memory and lower IQ levels for children who had prenatal exposure to the chemical.
Products to sanitize, disinfect, and sterilize surfaces are considered pesticides and are regulated by the EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). As with any crisis, there are always those who wish to capitalize on the public's fears. COVID-19 is no exception.
On September 23, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order mandating that all new passenger trucks and cars sold in the state be emissions-free by 2035.
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Nassau County in New York recently settled 48 counts of violations related to underground storage tank (UST) regulations in a civil matter filed by the EPA in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Questions & Answers:
If my waste disposal destination processes Waste Paint Related Material (liquid) and Waste Paint Related Material (solids) differently, is my facility allowed to have separated containers for each at a Satellite Accumulation Area where they are generated?
What are the release reporting requirements under RCRA? When do I need to call in a release of RCRA hazardous waste to the NRC/EPA/State?
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This chart provides information on the stance state regulatory agencies are taking with respect to regulatory compliance, recordkeeping, and reporting deadlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, when employees of regulatory agencies and within the regulated community are being encouraged or required to work remotely, and absenteeism may be increased due to illness.
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