• 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

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

  • 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.

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.


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.



Congratulations to PH Haroz, President of CTI, for completing a bucket list item of running a marathon in all 50 United States and on all 7 continents. He completed a marathon in Antarctica in December of 2021 and became a member of the exclusive 7 Continents Marathon Club.

Antarctic Ice Marathon 2021
Antarctic Ice Marathon 2021

This quest was 12 years in the making. He is not even close to being finished with running, and the CTI family look forward to cheering him on with pride for many more runs to come.

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

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

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) have issued a draft of the “Air Permit Application & Annual Permit Fees” manual and associated proposed rules update. The fees manual is released annually detailing application fees, annual permit fees, and procedures for calculating the fees and emissions for facilities. With this change, the annual air permit fees will increase effective July 1, 2020 and will apply to the fees due on September 1, 2020. Additionally, the fees for air permit applications will increase effective March 1, 2021. This proposed change is still open for comment. The GAEPD held an online public meeting on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm. There were no comments received during the meeting. Written comments can still be submitted, but must be received by 4:30 PM on Monday, April 6, 2020. The proposed updates will then be voted on at the Board of Natural Resources meeting on May 19, 2020.
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The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) has issued a draft “Air Permit Application & Annual Permit Fees” manual. Under this manual, the annual permit fees will be increasing, effective for fee payments this year. The fees for NSPS and Synthetic Minor Sources will be increasing by $500 and Title V Sources will now have an additional annual maintenance fee of $800. The GAEPD is also proposing to double the Air Permit Application fees, beginning March 1, 2021.

The GAEPD is hosting an online public hearing on these proposed amendments on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm. We at CTI will be participating in the public hearing and will post updates accordingly.

Check back with our blog for updates.

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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