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  • Happy Holidays from CTI
  • CTI has recently hired a new Environmental Scientist, Xander Clark. We welcome him to the CTI family.
  • Adam Haroz, our Director of Engineering, will be speaking at the 2024 Grain Elevator Processing Society (GEAPS) on Combustible Dust in the Feed and Grain sector. He will be co-presenting with Alysha Paris, the Director of Engineering at RoboVent. https://www.geaps.com/exchange/schedule/
  • Adam Haroz, our Director of Engineering, will be speaking at the 2024 Dust Safety Conference on Hazard analysis and combustible dust considerations for battery storage and manufacturing industries. He will be co-presenting with Alysha Paris, the Director of Engineering at RoboVent. https://dustsafetyconference.com/#speakers

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required under the Clean Air Act to conduct a conference to reevaluate Air Quality Modeling every 3 years. The EPA conducted the Thirteenth Conference on Air Quality Modeling on November 14th and 15th of 2023, focusing on proposed revisions to the Guideline on Air Quality Modeling (GAQM). As part of the federal rulemaking process, the proposed revisions are currently available for public comments until December 22, 2023.

Who do these modeling revisions apply to? Continue reading “EPA Guideline on Air Quality Modeling Revisions”

As a new year begins, it is always important for a facility to examine upcoming environmental deadlines. This ensures that the facility maintains current knowledge of its environmental obligations and lays the foundation for annual planning to meet those obligations. The following is a compilation of a wide range of environmental deadlines in 2024 that may assist your facility in preparing to maintain environmental compliance in the upcoming year: Continue reading “2024 Environmental Deadlines”


Adam Haroz, our Director of Engineering, will be presenting at this year’s International Robotics Safety Conference (IRSC) in October. He is presenting on OSHA’s Training for Robot Safety, of which he was the team lead who prepared and presented that training to the Department of Labor.

Click for more information  https://www.automate.org/events/international-robot-safety-conference-2023/speakers#adam-haroz

A major change is coming to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards regarding combustible dusts. Many of you have utilized the NFPA standards in the past. The combustible dust standards are in place to provide guidance on ways to identify materials that may pose fire and explosion hazards, determine where and when these hazards might occur, identify and review safeguards needed to prevent injury to personnel and damage to equipment and property, and to track the progress for improving these safeguards.

Continue reading “Combustible Dust Standards Are Undergoing a Massive Revision (NFPA 660)”

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When it comes to continuous improvement, the primary focus of the majority of industrial facilities is production. This type of industrial management is a sensible approach, as production can have the greatest impact on the facility’s profitability. However, singularly focusing on products generated by a facility while ignoring waste generation can be costly not only from a financial perspective but also from a regulatory compliance perspective as well.

In order to decrease the possible risks associated with improper waste management, it is beneficial to examine some of the more common mistakes made throughout industry. This ensures that a facility has a solid foundation from which to build out a waste management program that covers the proper handling of all of its waste streams. Continue reading “Common Hazardous Waste Management Mistakes (Part 2): Hazardous Waste Labeling”

  • Robotic Safety Standard ANSI/A3 R15.06 is in the process of undergoing a revision for 2024. Adam Haroz sits on the rulemaking committee and has specified that the updated standard will have specified requirements for end users. Be on the lookout for articles from CTI covering this topic.
  •  It is summertime so remember that you and your employees should stay safe when working in hot environments. For more information, click here.
  • Have a Happy July 4th from all of us at CTI.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is constantly striving to ensure businesses, big or small, are keeping our environment safe. They accomplish this through new regulations and initiatives. One such initiative is titled “Reducing Risks of Accidental Releases at Industrial and Chemical Facilities.” In 2022 alone, the EPA concluded 3 judicial actions, 145 administration penalty actions, and 18 administrative compliance orders. Through an increase in on-site inspections, the agency plans to continue cracking down on reducing risks of accidental releases in the years to come.

What is the EPA inspecting for? Continue reading “EPA Hazard Review Inspections Notice”

When it comes to continuous improvement, the primary focus of the majority of industrial facilities is production. This type of industrial management is a sensible approach, as production can have the greatest impact on the facility’s profitability. However, singularly focusing on products generated by a facility while ignoring waste generation can be costly not only from a financial perspective but also from a regulatory compliance perspective as well.

In order to decrease the possible risks associated with improper waste management, it is beneficial to examine some of the more common mistakes made throughout industry. This ensures that a facility has a solid foundation from which to build out a waste management program that covers the proper handling of all of its waste streams. Continue reading “Common Hazardous Waste Management Mistakes (Part 1): Hazardous Waste Identification”

Adam Haroz, CTI’s Director of Engineering, will be speaking at this year’s American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) conference. He will be presenting on the topic of Robot Risk Assessment Requirements. He will review the updated standards and regulations around robot safety, as well as risk assessment methodologies and risk reduction techniques. The presentation will be on Monday, June 5th.

https://safety.assp.org/


The creation of the NFPA 660 standards is in the works. The NFPA standards governing combustible dust are being combined into a new overarching standard, NFPA 660. The first public comment period has ended. The updated standard is expected to be published early next year.

https://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards/detail?code=660