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Environmental rules and regulations include deadlines for submission of reports, plans, fees, training, inspections, and analytical testing. Some of these tasks need to be submitted to the U.S. EPA, some to the State Regulatory Agency, and some to both. Some tasks are only required to be kept on file. We hope that this list of deadlines will assist your facility in maintaining compliance.
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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nfpa.org, 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 both the NFPA 61 Technical Committee for Agricultural Dust and the NFPA 664 Technical Committee for Wood and Cellulosic Materials Processing and has worked with several of the other committees. All of these standards have updated in 2018 and 2019, and CTI is here to help our clients understand what that will mean for them.

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Come see Jeff Davis, PE present at the International Biomass Conference (Feb. 3-5) in Nashville, TN. He will be presenting “Changes to NFPA Standards for Fire and Explosion Protection” at the workshop on Monday February 3rd and as part of a panel in the general session on Tuesday February 4th.

For more information: http://biomassconference.com/ema/DisplayPage.aspx?pageId=Agenda_Biomass_Conference___Expo#iqiuwy

If your facility is a Large Quantity Generator (LQG), meaning it generated more than 2,200 lbs of hazardous waste and/or 2.2 lbs of acute hazardous waste per month during 2019, the upcoming deadline applies to you.

LQG are required to complete a Hazardous Waste Report (also called the Biennial Report) and a Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan for waste generated in 2019 by March 2, 2020.

Conversion Technology Inc. (CTI) is an environmental, health, and safety consulting firm with over 30 years experience covering the above reports and other aspects of permitting, and environmental, health, and safety regulatory compliance. If you need help preparing the waste reports, please contacts us at 770-263-6330 or cti@conversiontechnology.com.

OSHA is working with the Robotics Industries Association and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on developing a training program for inspection officers to better understand how robots in general industry operate, what the requirements are for employers, and how to better identify the potential hazard. By 2020, it is expected that OSHA will have the knowledge necessary to better respond to an incident caused by an issue with robotic safety.

If your facility utilizes industrial robots, including Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) or collaborative robots, contact CTI to determine if your robotic equipment meets safety standards and if you are compliant with OSHA regulations.

 

In April 2017, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determined that welding fume is considered to be a known carcinogen that can lead to lung cancer in humans. This decision may affect all facilities who employ welders or other personnel conducting hot work, as these personnel may be exposed to welding fumes. Employers of welders should ensure engineering and administrative controls are implemented to reduce employee exposure to welding fumes in the workplace. Continue reading “Welding Fumes Have Been Classified as a Group 1 Carcinogen”

On September 9, 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an Air Plan Approval that will grant approval of proposed changes to Georgia’s Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) permitting rules, proposed in Georgia’s July 2, 2018 SIP revision. The proposed changes have already been implemented by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), and this Air Plan Approval is the EPA saying that it is okay for the GA EPD to continue implementation and begin enforcement. Continue reading “EPA Nonattainment New Source Review Updates – Georgia”

Several National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for combustible dust were updated in 2019, including standards applicable to food, agricultural, wood product, plastic, pharmaceutical, and many other industries.  The 2020 Editions of NFPA 61, 654, and 664 were all issued in the past few months.  (Much like a new car model, the new NFPA editions are typically released in the year before the date of the edition.)   Below are some of the major changes to these standards.  If you have specific questions about how these changes may affect your facility, CTI’s combustible dust experts are available to talk. Continue reading “Updates to the Combustible Dust Standards”