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  • 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

 

Each year, OSHA continues to review and revise its rules and regulations to better address the biggest issues going on in the world of labor. Therefore, it should also be important for you to follow along with these updates in order to ensure that your employees are safe, your programs are updated, and that you are safe in the event of an OSHA audit. Following what happens in OSHA can also allow you to become aware of issues that your own facility may face that you were previously unaware of.

Some of the major issues that may prove relevant to you that were either mentioned in the latter half of 2022 or have already been mentioned in 2023 include: Continue reading “What to Expect from OSHA in 2023”

It is time to complete your Air Emissions Inventory (EI) reporting for Calendar Year 2022. Every year, federal regulations require that all state agencies responsible for regulating air pollution collect emissions data from certain facilities. EI reporting opened on February 6, 2023 and is due by June 30, 2023 for Georgia facilities. All Title V facilities whose potential to emit (PTE) emissions is equal to or exceeds the following thresholds in Calendar Year 2022 are required to submit emissions data: Continue reading “Georgia Emissions Inventories for Calendar Year 2022”

If your facility is operating under a state-issued Air Permit, then there are a number of permit requirements you must meet in order to stay in compliance. Permit requirements can consist of emission/operating limits, testing, monitoring, reporting, and recordkeeping as well as a long list of general provisions. Whether you have a Minor Source Permit, Synthetic Minor/Conditional Major Source Permit, or a Title V Major Source Permit, your permit will contain a combination of, if not all, these requirements.

If your facility has an Air Permit, there is always a possibility for your state agency to conduct an onsite inspection, sometimes unannounced, at any time. It is best to be prepared for an inspection to avoid any violations and potential fines.

Continue reading “Are You in Compliance with Your Air Permit?”

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is responsible for the safety and well-being of all public employees throughout the country. As you are likely aware, OSHA maintains a large list of regulations and requirements in 29 CFR 1910. Each year, OSHA releases statistics on what the most common violations and citations are related to. This year’s top most cited violations for all industries include: Continue reading “OSHA’s Most Cited Violations in 2022”