One of the easiest ways for an EPA or state inspector to find violations is to compare your current operating equipment and emissions with the permitted equipment and emissions. If you do not keep your Air Quality Permit up to date, you run the risk of an inspector finding serious violations – which come with serious monetary fines. This applies to your facility whether your permit is a Title V, Synthetic Minor, or even True Minor operating permit.

If you operate under a Title V Air Quality Permit, you are required to renew your permit every 5 years, and likely have an annual inspection conducted by the EPA or state. With these measures in place, chances are your Air Quality Permit is staying up to date. However, anytime your facility installs new operating equipment or removes/decommissions old operating equipment you should reassess your air emissions. Continue reading “Is My Facility Fully Covered by My Air Quality Permit?”

Join CTI for our upcoming webinar presentations and events:

  • March 1-3, 2021: 2021
    Sponsor/Event: Dust Safety Science
    Speaker: Jeff Davis, PE
    Presentations:
    In-house DHAs vs Third Party DHAs for Multiple Sites, 3/1/21 @ 11:00 AM; Dust Hazard Analysis for New and Modified Processes, On-Demand
    More Info: Information and Registration
  • March 16-17, 2021: 2021 14th Annual International Biomass Conference and Expo (Virtual Event)
    Sponsor/Event: BBI International and Biomass Magazine
    Speaker: Jeff Davis, PE
    Presentations: Combustible Dust Hazard Identification and the DHA (3/17/21 8:30 AM)
    More Info: Information and Registration

Join CTI for our upcoming webinar presentations:

  • October 20, 2020: Roles, Responsibilities, and Accountability of Machine Guarding
    Sponsor/Event: VPPPA Region IV 2020 Safety & Health Excellence Virtual Conference
    Speaker: Adam Haroz, EIT
    More Info: http://www.regionivvppconference.com/)
  • November 11, 2020: Combustible Dust Basics, Standards, and Requirements and DHA Methodologies
    Sponsor/Event: Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM) Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit
    Speaker: Adam Haroz, EIT
    More Info: https://arpminc.com/ehs/)
  • November 19, 2020: Completing Multisite DHAs Across Many Locations in Food and Grain Industries
    Sponsor/Event: Dust Safety Science
    Speaker: Jeff Davis, PE
    More Info: https://dustsafetyacademy.com

On January 31, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized amendments to the national emission standards (NESHAP) for the control of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) at major sources from new and existing industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) boilers and process heaters (Boiler MACT). Subsequently, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit), in a decision issued in July 2016, remanded several of the emission standards to the EPA based on the court’s review of the EPA’s approach to setting those standards. In response to these remands, this action proposes to amend several numeric emission limits for new and existing boilers and process heaters consistent with the court’s opinion and set compliance dates for these new emission limits. Continue reading “EPA’s Proposed Revisions to Emission Limits for Boiler MACT”

Title: Combustible Dust Hazards & NFPA Compliance for Storage Tanks
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST
Duration: 1.5 hours
Register: https://go.cstindustries.com/l/797123/2020-09-11/2zgrc

CTI has teamed up with the Fike Corporation and CST to co-host an educational webinar to discuss Real World Insight From a Team of Industry Experts on Dust Testing Analysis and Recommendations for Deflagration Venting and Suppression.  The webinar will cover:

  • Combustible Dust Hazard Analyses & NFPA Standards
  • Combustible Dust Deflagration Mitigation & NFPA Compliance
  • Dust Hazards for Storage Systems Design Criteria & NFPA Influence

Course: Combustible Dust Standards
Date/Time: Monday, Sept. 14th; 1-2 pm EST
Cost: Free
Registration: Enter your name, title and email address upon logging into webinar (Link below)
Speaker Information: Adam Haroz, EIT, Conversion Technology Inc.
Host: COCHMM, www.cochmm.org

The Central Ohio Chapter of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers is hosting a Health and Safety Webinar on September 14, 2020. The webinar will be held from 1pm-2pm.

The presenter will review the definition and possible origins of combustible dusts, applicable regulatory and consensus standards and typical steps taken to identify and mitigate combustible dust hazards.

Continue reading “FREE COCHMM Webinar (Sept. 14th) – Combustible Dust Standards”

Indoor air quality is important for employee health and comfort. Poor air quality can lead to several negative health effects, including irritation, coughing, and fatigue. More serious health hazards such as occupational asthma, specific organ toxicity, or cancer can also occur, depending on the chemicals being handled on site. Because of this, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed permissible exposure limits (PELs) for several dusts, fumes, and vapors from various chemicals. These PELs, found in 29 CFR 1910.1000 Table Z-1, identify the maximum concentrations of different chemicals and materials an employee can be exposed over the course of an 8-hour work shift. Employees exposed to airborne concentrations of a material above a PEL may be at risk for serious health hazards. Continue reading “When Should You Retest Your Indoor Air Quality?”