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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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For most healthy adults, seasonal viruses are not generally life-threatening. But as you’ve seen in the news, acute respiratory illness pandemics, such as those caused by coronaviruses or influenza, can spread quickly and widely and pose a major global health threat. The main objective of this course is to make non-healthcare workers aware of the risks of pandemics and the precautions to take to keep themselves safe. By the time the session is over, you will be able to describe what a pandemic is; identify types of viruses that can cause acute respiratory illness pandemics and recognize their symptoms; appreciate the risks of infection; prevent the spread of infection; prepare for and address a pandemic at work and at home; and react responsibly if you get sick. This course is presented in spanish.
News:
In the second quarter (Q2), the EPA finalized 165 settlement agreements with companies small and large across the United States.
EPA issued a final rule in its PFAS Action Plan on June 22, 2020. This means that certain products that could contain harmful PFAS cannot be imported, produced, sold, or manufactured in the U.S. without EPA approval or the Agency imposing certain restrictions that would address unacceptable risks.
The EPA has added an addendum to this policy which states that it will terminate on August 31, 2020.
It seemed like 2020 was going to be the year of a big win for environmental groups in their war against single-use plastic bags, but when COVID-19 hit, the rhetoric changed as plastic industry proponents touted the hygienic benefits of single-use plastic bags and plastic ware.
On June 25, 2020, the EPA recognized eight initiatives by federal agencies for their efforts in increasing efficiency in their facilities in fiscal year 2019. The Agency is encouraging all businesses to follow their lead for the good of the environment and the bottom line.
The EPA issued its final risk evaluation for methylene chloride in late June 2020. The findings indicate that in 47 out of the 53 types of uses reviewed, methylene chloride poses threats to human health and safety, including threats to both consumers and workers exposed to commercial uses of the chemical.
Checklists:
In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, some states initially stopped or restricted nonessential construction, while others allowed it to continue. Regardless of whether construction is beginning again or is continuing, it’s clear that the pandemic has necessitated that construction employers follow new protocols to keep their employees safe and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This checklist will help construction employers establish the procedures they need to follow to effectively and safely operate a construction site and protect the health of their employees.
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated quarantine and shelter-in-place orders, requiring restaurants and bars to close. As we move through this crisis, restaurants and bars are faced with yet another challenge: when and how to reopen their facilities safely and effectively.
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated that organizations change the way they operate to keep their employees safe and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Delivery drivers have the potential for contact with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, and companies that employ delivery drivers are faced with the challenge of developing and implementing strategies to manage potential COVID-19 exposure so their employees can safely perform their job functions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated that organizations change the way they operate to keep their employees safe and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Healthcare personnel (HCP) in nursing homes have consistent contact with the most vulnerable population and, therefore, must take great care to keep employees and residents safe. As we move through this crisis, nursing homes are faced with the challenge of developing and implementing strategies to manage potential COVID-19 exposure while performing their critical job functions.
The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the closure of institutions of higher education (i.e., colleges and universities) and the implementation of distance learning. The reopening of such institutions requires design and operational changes in order to address the many and lingering health concerns that were raised by the pandemic. This checklist will help an administration establish procedures that are needed to effectively and safely reopen the college or university, as well as protect the health of students, faculty, and staff on an ongoing basis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated that organizations change the way they operate to keep their employees safe and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel have consistent contact with the public as a function of their job and are therefore likely to come into contact with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. As we move through this crisis, fire departments, firefighters, and EMS personnel are faced with the challenge of developing and implementing strategies to manage potential COVID-19 exposure while performing their critical job functions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated quarantine and shelter-in-place orders, requiring hotels and lodging businesses to close. As we move through this crisis, lodging businesses are faced with yet another challenge: when and how to reopen their facilities safely and effectively.
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated that organizations change the way they operate to keep their employees safe and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Law enforcement personnel have consistent contact with the public as a function of their job and are therefore likely to come into contact with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. As we move through this crisis, law enforcement agencies and personnel are faced with the challenge of developing and implementing strategies to manage potential COVID-19 exposure while performing their critical job functions.
The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the closure of K-12 schools and the implementation of distance learning. The reopening of such schools requires design and operational changes in order to address the many and lingering health concerns that were raised by the pandemic. This checklist will help a school's administration establish procedures that are needed to effectively and safely reopen the school, as well as protect the health of students, faculty, and staff on an ongoing basis.
Updated Documents
Guidance Documents:
This EPA memorandum provides guidance with respect to generator signatures on paper hazardous waste manifests under RCRA during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
This EPA memorandum provides guidance with respect to generator signatures on paper hazardous waste manifests under RCRA during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The TRI reporting deadline is July 1. This infographic provides essential information to help determine if you need to report.
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.
Use this map to link to state information, orders, and guidance addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and the response actions being taken by each state.
Regulatory Analysis:
Ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) break down the stratospheric ozone layer through the reaction of chlorine and bromine with ozone. Sources of chlorine and bromine are both natural and man-made. Man-made sources include: Chlorofluorocarbons , Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs, Carbon tetrachloride, Methyl bromide, Methyl chloroform, and Halons. These chemicals are very stable in the lower atmosphere and do not break down, nor are they soluble in water. Thus, these chemicals rise through the atmosphere and mix with the ozone in the upper atmosphere. contribute to climate change, or result in other harm to public health or the environment.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in 1976 to address the increasing problems of toxic substances. Through the provisions of TSCA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (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
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