Category Archives: EHS Compliance

EPA Turns Up the Heat on Refrigerant Regulation

Refrigeration and cooling systems face expanded and tighter regulation under a final rule recently signed by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.  The rule revises and expands EPA’s regulations for “Ozone-Depleting Substances” (ODS), which erode the stratospheric ozone layer that protects the … Continue reading

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Heat Stress – keeping your employees safe

As we transition to warmer temperatures, it’s important to revisit your workplace’s Heat Illness Prevention Program to ensure your employees are equipped to combat heat-related stress and illnesses. Heat is the number one cause of weather-related fatalities in the United … Continue reading

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Are Universal Wastes DOT Regulated?

The answer is yes, no, and maybe. Under the DOT regulations, hazardous wastes are regulated in all modes (ground, air, rail, vessel) of transportation. EPA has classified specific hazardous waste as Universal Waste to streamline the process and encourage recycling … Continue reading

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ISO 45001 (Occupational Health & Safety) – Could it Lead to more Stringent Provisions Around Legal Compliance?

It was announced this summer (in June 2016) that the publication of the much-anticipated ISO 45001 Management System Standard for Occupational Safety & Health is to be delayed by at least a year. Initially, the plan had been for the … Continue reading

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OSHA final rule requires electronic injury and illness reporting, creates public database

OSHA has released its final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public, and OSHA about workplace hazards. The agency said that via the final regulation, it is applying the insights of behavioral economics to … Continue reading

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ISO 14001:2015 – Risks and Opportunities vs. Environmental Aspects

ISO 14001 has always talked about the importance of identifying, understanding, and controlling your environmental aspects for better environmental performance, but the newly released standard, ISO 14001:2015, also includes requirements for understanding and addressing your risks and opportunities related to your … Continue reading

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SWPPP Annual Report Submittal – Michigan

Michigan – All facilities with industrial storm water permit coverage except for those covered by general permit MIS110000 must submit their SWPPP Annual Report by January 10, 2016.  This must be submitted through the new MiWaters website..

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Spill Response – Training and Drills

We all think that giving someone a spill kit and expecting them to clean-up a low hazards oil spill is no big deal.  Many will use a simple PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate these techniques. Attached is a video demonstration on … Continue reading

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ISO 14001:2015 – New ISO Standard is here!!!

It’s here – the new ISO 14001:2015. You can purchase the new standard at the following sites: ISO – buy ISO 14001:2015 ANSI ISO is giving sites up to 3 years to upgrade to the new standard.  You individual registration … Continue reading

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It is coming!! ISO 14001:2015 Upgrade Training

EHS-MS is pleased to let you know we have developed the following program to help you upgrade your EMS to the requirements of the new ISO 14001:2015. ISO 14001:2015 Upgrade Training The new ISO 14001 standard is published and you … Continue reading

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Refrigerant Types

This is a nice overview of refrigerant types and their environmental impact.      .

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Hazardous Waste Inspections – LQG and SQG – what is required?

You may conduct a variety of inspections at your facility:  quality control and regulatory standard, recommended and required, documented and undocumented.  If you generate a hazardous waste, conducting periodic inspections of certain critical risk areas is a good idea.  If … Continue reading

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Get ISO 14001 certified in 90 days!!

Need to get ISO 14001 certified by the end of 2014? This may seem like an impossible goal to achieve. If you are already ISO 9001 or TS 16949 certified this may be easier than you think. We have several … Continue reading

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Used Oil vs. Waste Oil – What’s the difference?

I had thought most of us had a clear understanding of the difference between these two types of oil waste streams but during a recent ISO audit I encountered a site who labeled all of their used oil as “waste … Continue reading

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Hazardous Waste (Biennial) Reporting – Michigan

Large quantity generators (LQG) and Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDF) are required to file Biennial Hazardous Waste Reports.  These reports are required to be filed on the even numbered years (ie. 2014) for the previous year’s (ie. 2013) activities. This years reports … Continue reading

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OSHA Mandates New Hazard Communication Training by 12/1/13

Don’t procrastinate!! OSHA has adopted new hazardous chemical labeling requirements as a part of its recent revision of the Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200 (HCS), bringing it into alignment with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and … Continue reading

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Solvent-Contaminated Shop Rags (Wipes) – new EPA rule

At long last—we have clarity from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on solvent-contaminated shop rags (also known as wipers).  On July 31, 2013, EPA published a rule on the proper handling and disposal of solvent-contaminated rags/wipes.  EPA’s new rule … Continue reading

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EPA TRI Reporting – Activity thresholds for chemicals prepared one year and distributed the following year

A facility processes pipes, stores them for the remainder of the reporting year, and then ships them off site the following year to be distributed in commerce.  Are TRI chemicals in the pipes that were prepared but not actually distributed … Continue reading

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Annual SPCC Training – what is required?

As an auditor, the requirements for annual SPCC training are often not well defined and not well implemented.  40 CFR 112.7(f) specifies the requirements for annual briefings to review the SPCC with “oil-handling” employees. This briefing is NOT simply generic spill training for cleaning … Continue reading

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Solvent Parts Washer – Michigan Air Requirments

Many manufacturing plants do not clearly understand the requirements to maintain the exemption for their solvent based parts washers.  Solvent based parts washers are exempt from air permitting if they meet the requirements of the Michigan Air Quality Regulations can be … Continue reading

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EPA Proposal Revises Underground Storage Tank Regulations

EPA is proposing revisions to strengthen the 1988 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment.  These revisions will help improve prevention and detection of UST releases, which are one of the leading sources … Continue reading

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Who needs Hazwoper (Spill) Training and who doesn’t? [29 CFR 1910.120]

Manufacturing companies can have a difficult time determining which employees may be required to have Hazwoper or spill training under 29 CFR 1910.120. Paragraph (q) of 1910.120 covers emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous … Continue reading

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Storm Water Reminder – Michigan

The Michigan General Industrial Storm Water permitting program has changed over the past 2 years and many companies have not adjusted their SWPPP. Under the old program the general permits required the semi-annual comprehensive storm water inspections be performed. For … Continue reading

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