As of January 1st, 2015, the updated standards for injury & illness reporting officially came into effect. There are some slight changes to the standard that affect a large number of employers.

Under the old rule, employers were required to notify OSHA only of workplace fatalities or if three or more employees had to go to the hospital due to workplace injury or illness. According to the updated standard, employers must notify OSHA of the following: Continue reading “OSHA’s New Incident Reporting Requirements”

The new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is upon us. OSHA, with help from the U.N. and global community, has updated the HazCom Standard in an effort to standardize and simplify the communication of chemical hazards. Before this new system, a worker handling drums of flammable material from different manufacturers could notice an array of different warning labels. One manufacturer could have labeled the material as “Flammable”, while another could have labeled it as “Extremely Flammable” or even “Caution Flammable Vapors”. The material is all the same, but now there is confusion as to the level of the hazard present. It is for this reason why the GHS is here.

Continue reading “OSHA GHS Deadline Approaching Fast…Are You Ready?”

Sources are required to submit a Notification of Compliance Status regarding the initial tune-up by July 19, 2012. 

On March 13, 2012, the EPA issued a No Action Assurance (NAA), stating that it would not enforce the Notification. The NAA states that it remains in effect until either (1) October 1, 2012, or (2) A final rule addressing the proposed reconsideration of the Area Source Boiler Rule, whichever occurs earlier.

On July 18, 2012, EPA extended the NAA for Boiler Area Source to December 31, 2012, or until the final rule is issued whichever occurs earlier.

For more information visit www.boilermactcompliance.com.

 

As I have reported here on the CTI’s blog in the past, the Georgia Industrial General Permit for Storm Water Discharges (GAR0500000) is in the process of being reissued.  The format and requirements of the permit will be significantly modified, requiring facilities to update their Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3) and conduct additional actions required to comply with the new permit.

Continue reading “No Additional Hearings Likely for GA Storm Water Permit”

The first compliance deadline for the Boiler GACT Rule is September 17, 2011 – when the Initial Notification of Applicability is due.  This rule applies to facilities with boilers fueled by any fuel except natural gas, and who are not major sources of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).  Some state agencies have already acted, with North Carolina DENR having recently mailed out letters to potentially affected facilities. Others, such as the Georgia EPD, will be sending out similar letters soon.  Whether or not you receive a letter, you will have to submit your initial notification by Sept. 17 if this rule applies to your facility.

The Boiler MACT rule, which applies to facilities that are major sources of HAPs, has been placed on legal hold. This means the large facilities have some breathing room, but the small facilities covered by the GACT rule must act now. 

More information is available at CTI’s Boiler MACT and GACT website – www.boilermactcompliance.com.

 

On May 16, 2011, the US EPA signed a stay delaying the effective dates for the final Boiler MACT rules for major sources for hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and Commercial and Indstrial Solid Waste Incineration (CISWI) Units.

For Boiler MACT sources the deadline for compliance has not changed and is still March 21, 2012. This includes Minor Sources of HAP pollutants and Major Sources of non-HAP pollutants. 

The effective dates for HAP Major Source Boiler MACT & CISWI rules are delayed until such time as judicial review is no longer pending or until the US EPA completes its reconsideration of the rules, whichever is earlier.

For more information you can go to www.boilermactcompliance.com or contact us @ 770-263-6330.

On March 21, 2011 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published National Emission Standards for Control of Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for boilers, solid waste criteria, and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for incineration units.  The rules include the following:

  • NESHAP for new and existing area source boilers (40 CFR Part 63 Subpart JJJJJJ).
  • NESHAP for new and existing major source boilers and process heaters (40 CFR Part 63 Subpart DDDDD).
  • Non-hazardous secondary material, when used as fuel or ingredients in combustion units that are “solid waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) (40 CFR Part 241).
  • NSPS for new stationary sources and emission guidelines for existing commercial and industrial solid waste incineration (CISWI) units (40 CFR Part 60 Subparts CCCC & DDDD).

Continue reading “An Overview of the Final Boiler MACT Rules and Regulations”