The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is an organization tasked with developing and maintaining fire protection and life safety standards in the United States and worldwide. In addition to subjects such as sprinkler design, flammable liquid storage, and emergency exit requirements, NFPA has standards that deal specifically with combustible dust; a topic that CTI has been focused on for over a decade.  There are several NFPA Standards that address combustible dust: NFPA 652 – Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, is the overarching standard that applies to all facilities, and there are also several commodity-specific dust standards (e.g. 61 for agricultural and food, 664 for wood products, 484 for metals). CTI is a principal member of the NFPA 61 Technical Committee for Agricultural Dust and has worked with several of the other committees. All of these standards are changing, and CTI is here to help our clients understand what that will mean for them. Continue reading “Changes to Combustible Dust Standards”

In order to keep employees safe while handling hazardous waste, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has developed the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER), written in 29 CFR 1910.120. These regulations identify information and training requirements that facilities must comply with to keep employees safe during emergency response involving hazardous chemicals. Continue reading “HAZWOPER Requirements for Small Quantity Generators”

The Emission Inventory for Georgia facilities is due to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) by June 30, 2019. This is for the mandatory reporting of facility emissions that occurred in calendar year 2018. This is part of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) National Emissions Inventory (NEI). The NEI is developed during three-year cycle reporting periods, where all Title V (or Part 70) permitted sources will be required to report at least every third year. The other two years only comprise larger sources with greater emission potentials. The 2017 emission inventory required all Title V sources to report. The 2018 inventory due this year, and the 2019 inventory that will be due in 2020, is for the larger Title V sources only. Continue reading “Air Emission Inventory Due End of June”

Tue, Jun 11, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Explosive Dust NFPA Safety Standard Is Coming; Are Employers Ready?

Combustible dust poses one of the highest safety risks in business. A catastrophic explosion can destroy a company and simply abating combustible dust violations after an OSHA inspection can approach $1 million or more. Industries, such as food processing, wood, chemical, plastics, and metals are regularly affected. If you have baghouses, vacuums or dust collectors, you may be affected. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) standard 652 is an effort to produce a consistent approach to combustible dust compliance. While the NFPA standard is not a government regulation, employers are scrambling to complete a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) and abate hazards by September 7, 2020.

National authority, Brian Edwards will provide experience-tested descriptions of common employer challenges and practical approaches. Howard Mavity will also lead discussion of legal issues and highlight how an expert and counsel effectively collaborate. We’ll discuss how the expert sifts through the multiple applicable consensus standards, and state and local ordinances to come up with the best approach; often less costly than first anticipated, as well as how to approach the crucial Dust Hazard Analysis.

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Building on its 30+ year legacy as a leading environmental and safety engineering firm, CTI (Conversion Technology Inc.) is proud to announce we will co-host an educational seminar on the ever-growing topic of combustible dust hazards with CST Industries, IEP Technologies, and The Tennant Company. Continue reading “Four Industry Leading Companies Co-Host an Educational Seminar on Combustible Dust Hazards”


On November 25, 2018, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) issued an updated version of NFPA 45 – Standard on Fire Protection for Laboratories Using Chemicals. NFPA 45 includes information regarding fire protection requirements for laboratories, laboratory design, vent hood use, and safe quantities of flammable materials allowed to be stored and used in the laboratories. The 2019 edition of the standard includes minor changes from the previous 2015 version. Inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire-extinguishing systems in ductwork and chemical fume hoods has been revised from a specific time interval to a schedule that is deemed suitable for the type of system. Also, a minimum inspection frequency of 1 year has been added for chemical storage. The revision of the standard includes references to NFPA 30 – Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code for quantities of flammable and combustible liquids within liquid storage areas that are indoors.

Continue reading “Is Your Laboratory Compliant with OSHA and NFPA Requirements?”

Superfund Amendment and Re-authorization Act (SARA) Title III reports and notifications are required to be prepared and submitted by applicable facilities every year.

A facility that stores over 10,000 pounds of any chemical (e.g. over 1,387 gallons of diesel fuel), or over 500 pounds of an Extremely Hazardous Substance (e.g. sulfuric acid in electric forklift lead-acid batteries), must prepare a SARA Tier II Report and submit it to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and Local Fire Department by March 1st each year.

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Does your facility have an air quality permit? If so, when was the last time it was updated? If your facility is not a major source of emissions, you may have an air permit with no expiration date. This can lead to situations where the air permit is 10 years, 15 years, or even older. Have facility operations not changed at all during that time? Has new equipment been installed? Are you sure that new boiler/oven/paint booth/etc. that was installed was truly exempt from an air quality permit? When was the last time the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or your State’s environmental agency inspected your facility? If you are a major source of emissions, you probably see your inspector annually, but if you are not a major emitter, the inspections can be much more random and infrequent.

Continue reading “Staying in Compliance with Air Quality Regulations”

It is the beginning of a new year, and with it brings changes to various health and safety regulations and requirements. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) begins 2019 without a confirmed leader, the agency is continuing to update and modify several of its regulations and policies, as well as increase focus on compliance inspections for emphasized hazards.

Continue reading “What to Expect from OSHA in 2019”