Come say hello to Adam Haroz, one of CTI’s Engineering Managers, as he will be speaking at this year’s Region IV VPPPA Conference in Chattanooga, TN on June 19th.
Adam Haroz will be discussing how the regulations governing industrial machinery have shifted the need for conducting risk assessments on robotic systems from a good practice to now a mandatory requirement. The discussion will emphasize the benefits of conducting an on-site risk assessment. It will also highlight the need to identify the hazards and assess the potential risks associated with robot operations when selecting and designing safeguarding measures. He will review the methodology for conducting a risk assessment for different robotic systems, as well as other industrial equipment, how to assess the adequacy of current safeguards, and methods for determining the risk reduction measures required.
The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is designed to encourage cooperative efforts between employees, management and OSHA for the purpose of improving workplace safety and health. The VPP concept recognizes that workplace safety and health can be enforced in a compliance atmosphere and can be enhanced in a cooperative atmosphere. OSHA recognizes and partners with worksites that demonstrate excellence in Safety and Health.
Region IV VPPPA is the region that serves the eight Southeast states. (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)
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”→
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.
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.
Amendment and Re-authorization Act (SARA) Title III reports and notifications
are required to be prepared and submitted by applicable facilities every year.
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.
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.
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.