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Preparing for an Unannounced Inspection

While at a client site yesterday, I received a call that the Fire Department wanted to visit the facility.  About an hour later a representative from the local fire department was on-site.  Believe it or not, he wanted to see … Continue reading

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Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PBCs) Regulatory Changes Ahead

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a class of man-made organic materials that are desirable because of  the following characteristics: non-flammable, chemically stable, have a high boiling point and electrical insulation properties.  Unfortunately the same characteristics cause them to persist and bioaccumulate in the … Continue reading

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Not all bulbs are created equally

In the last post I summarized requirements for universal waste.  One waste stream that falls into this category are bulbs (lamps).  Did you know that not all lamps need to be managed as universal waste that, in fact, some are not … Continue reading

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Universal Waste Requirements

Universal waste is a special category of hazardous waste that includes batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment and lamps.  For the most part, these wastes are self-explanatory but often confusion arises from mercury-containing equipment which includes a device or part of a device (including … Continue reading

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Hazmat Transportation Training, Do You Need it?

Yesterday I shared the link to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Association’s (PHMSA) free training modules on my Facebook page and Twitter account.  I wanted to use this post to discuss the training requirements for the … Continue reading

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Are You Shipping Batteries?

Based on my experience, one of the largest areas of non-compliance is the transportation of hazardous materials (hazmat).    Many times logistics or warehouse personnel are unaware that hazardous materials are required to be packaged, unloaded, loaded, documented and shipped in … Continue reading

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Six Competence Boosting Strategies

The last thing most companies should want is to waste hundreds, possibly thousands, of hours and dollars; yet when we consider the ineffectiveness of most training that is exactly what occurs.  The question we must consider is: “are the employees … Continue reading

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Five Free EHS Resources for Small Businesses

Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) is a broad field that is constantly changing.  It is often beneficial to have a few guides or resources that can be referenced to assist with program development and implementation.  Small businesses often do not … Continue reading

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The Devil is in the Details…Hazardous Waste Accumulation Areas

I have discussed identifying hazardous waste in What is Hazardous Waste? and determining hazardous waste generator status in The Devil is in the Details…What Type of Generator are You?  Today we will tackle the issue accumulation time–the amount of time … Continue reading

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Managing Hazardous Waste at Home

Much discussion is centered around toxicity in our homes—chemicals in our cleaning products; cancer-causing materials in our cosmetics and skin care products.   I recently read an article published in Globe and Mail entitled “Your manicure looks beautiful. But the … Continue reading

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