HAZWOPER

  • New EPA / Chemical Safety Bill

    Be sure you and your employees are knowledgeable in regard to safety while handling hazardous material within the Department of Transportation. Our safety booklets, CD-ROMs, DVD programs, and meeting & compliance kits will provide you with all the information you need to know within the subject of DOT HAZMAT safety. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry. Be sure you and your employees are knowledgeable in regard to safety while handling hazardous material within the Department of Transportation. Our safety booklets, CD-ROMs, DVD programs, and meeting & compliance kits will provide you with all the information you need to know within the subject of DOT HAZMAT safety. Following OSHA standards, you can rest assured that you are compliant within your industry.

    The Senate on Dec. 17 passed legislation that would reform the nation's chemical safety laws by requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to make decisions based on how chemicals affect workers and other individuals.

    The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) overhauls the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. Under the bill, EPA would conduct safety reviews for all chemicals in active commerce, review and approve chemicals coming on the market each year, and consider only the health and environmental impact a chemical may have when deciding whether to allow its sale or manufacture. The bill is named for the late New Jersey senator who worked for several years during his career to update TSCA.

    Similar legislation (H.R. 2576) passed out of the House in June. Congressional members must now reconcile differences between the two bills to move forward....

    EPA’s New Exclusions for Solvent Recycling and Hazardous Secondary Materials 

    EPA’s new final rule on the definition of solid waste creates new opportunities for waste recycling outside the scope of the full hazardous waste regulations. This rule, which went into effect on July 13, 2015, streamlines the regulatory burden for wastes that are legitimately recycled.

    HAZWOPER3The first of the two exclusions is an exclusion from the definition of solid waste for high-value solvents transferred from one manufacturer to another for the purpose of extending the useful life of the original solvent by keeping the materials in commerce to reproduce a commercial grade of the original solvent product.

    The second, and more wide-reaching of the two exclusions, is a revision of the existing hazardous secondary material recycling exclusion. This exclusion allows you to recycle, or send off-site for recycling, virtually any hazardous secondary material. Provided you meet the terms of the exclusion, the material will no longer be hazardous waste.

    Learn about these changes and how they affect you. Pay special attention to:

    • Which of your materials qualify under the new exclusions
    • What qualifies as a hazardous secondary material
    • Which solvents can be remanufactured, and which cannot
    • What is a tolling agreement
    • What is legitimate recycling
    • Generator storage requirements
    • What documentation you must maintain
    • Requirements for off-site shipments
    • Training and emergency planning requirements
    • If it is acceptable for the recycler to be outside the U.S

    Also read: Things to Know About the HAZWOPER StandardHAZMAT / HAZCOM / HAZWOPER

  • Things to Know About the HAZWOPER Standard

    HAZWOPER3The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has come up with a safety standard that applies to employers and employees who are or might be exposed to hazardous waste during operations. Named the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response or HAWOPER Standard, it specifically covers five distinct groups of employers and employees that deal with handling, treatment, and cleanup of hazardous waste.

    To be able to legally work with any hazardous substances and wastes (which are defined by OSHA), one must be HAZWOPER-certified. But what exactly is the HAZWOPER training? Here are some facts on it:

    1. On-site workers are required to be HAZWOPER-trained, especially when there is a chance for exposure to hazardous waste.

    Granted, not all employees deal with hazardous waste treatment. However, emergency situations may arise that would make it necessary for workers to have undergone proper HAZWOPER training in order to be allowed to continue being on-site, as per OSHA standards. Employees with less training as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) may be allowed back on-site again once the contamination is cleared or there is minimum threat.

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    2. The HAZWOPER training is offered in 3 courses.

    a. 40-hour training

    This is the most intensive training course. Employees who work on site and are exposed or have a high risk of exposure to hazardous substances, as well as those involved in hazardous waste cleanup and remediation are required to undergo 40 hours of HAZWOPER training.

    b. 24-hour training

    The 24-hour class is required to be completed by those whose jobs do not require them to be on site regularly, but still has them do occasional visits and inspections, particularly for hazardous waste cleanup sites. Supervisors and managers often fall into this training level.

    c. 8-hour training

    This is a refresher class, and is required to be completed annually after the initial HAZWOPER training.

    "DOT HAZMAT General Awareness" focus on employees who handle hazardous materials. The products review a number of topics aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter hazardous chemicals, the nature of the hazards and the issue of taking appropriate security measures when dealing with hazardous materials that the DOT has added to the regulation. Topics covered in these products include:     The regulation itself.     Hazardous materials, definitions and classes.     Hazard communication.     Hazard "indicators", such as labels, shipping papers and placards.     Where hazardous materials may be encountered.     Packaging and storage.     Shipping.     Transport (trucks, ships, rail, etc.).     Security risks and terrorism.     and more. Get a Quote for a Class: DOT HAZMAT General Awareness Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location "DOT HAZMAT General Awareness" focus on employees who handle hazardous materials. The products review a number of topics aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter hazardous chemicals, the nature of the hazards and the issue of taking appropriate security measures when dealing with hazardous materials that the DOT has added to the regulation. Topics covered in these products include:
    The regulation itself.
    Hazardous materials, definitions and classes.
    Hazard communication.
    Hazard "indicators", such as labels, shipping papers and placards.
    Where hazardous materials may be encountered.
    Packaging and storage.
    Shipping.
    Transport (trucks, ships, rail, etc.).
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    3. The 8-Hour Annual Refresher Course May be Taken in Segments.

    Not a lot of workers may know, but the 8-hour refresher course that needs to be taken annually can be broken into segments, provided that the course is completed before the one-year anniversary of the employee’s previous refresher or initial HAZWOPER certification training. Workers who fail to comply with the necessary hours within the 12-month period should have their reasons for delay filed in their records, and are required to attend the next possible training schedule.

    4. HAZWOPER training exemptions are possible.

    Employees who are not expected to get involved in emergency response or hazardous waste cleanup may be provided exemption by OSHA. Additionally, companies can be exempted from the training provided that they are:

    a. Large Quantity Generators (LQGs), and

    b. Have a spill response contingency plan that makes it mandatory for employees to evacuate the company premises in case of emergencies or accidental spills.

    This should be followed by the company contacting the spill response company to attend to the spill’s containment and remediation.

    The HAZWOPER standard is just one of a number of regulations that the OSHA has set in place in order to protect the life and health of all workers. Following OSHA standards is also good for business, as it would mean less payments on penalties and potential settlements.

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  • NEW! Updated Hazardous Materials Regulations

    We talk about HAZMAT, HAZCOM, and HAZWOPER a lot (it's serious stuff!) now we've got GREAT new updated materials available for you!

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    Hazardous Materials Regulations (October 2014)

    49 CFR Parts 100-185 Hazardous Materials Regulations Book 

    The October 2014 edition of MANCOMM's Hazardous Materials Regulations Book combines 49 CFR Parts 100-185, from the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, with powerful extras.

  • Dealing With Hazmat Spills

    Spill Center Delivers Expertise In Dealing With Hazmat Spills

    After stopping the flow of the leaking material and ensuring that the pollutant does not reach a body of water or drainage ditch, the most important next step to take is completing the mandatory incident report to the authority or authorities with jurisdiction over the spill site. Failure to make the reports within the required timeframe can bring stiff fines and penalties for non-compliance.

    It is important to understand the spill generator’s legal responsibility. Are you responsible for making reports even if the spill was not your driver’s fault? In a word, Yes.

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    After a transportation accident, for example, the carrier having care, custody and control of a material at the time of loss is considered the spill generator and is responsible for

    "DOT HAZMAT General Awareness" focus on employees who handle hazardous materials. The products review a number of topics aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter hazardous chemicals, the nature of the hazards and the issue of taking appropriate security measures when dealing with hazardous materials that the DOT has added to the regulation. Topics covered in these products include:     The regulation itself.     Hazardous materials, definitions and classes.     Hazard communication.     Hazard "indicators", such as labels, shipping papers and placards.     Where hazardous materials may be encountered.     Packaging and storage.     Shipping.     Transport (trucks, ships, rail, etc.).     Security risks and terrorism.     and more. Get a Quote for a Class: DOT HAZMAT General Awareness Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location "DOT HAZMAT General Awareness" focus on employees who handle hazardous materials. The products review a number of topics aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter hazardous chemicals, the nature of the hazards and the issue of taking appropriate security measures when dealing with hazardous materials that the DOT has added to the regulation. Topics covered in these products include:
    The regulation itself.
    Hazardous materials, definitions and classes.
    Hazard communication.
    Hazard "indicators", such as labels, shipping papers and placards.
    Where hazardous materials may be encountered.
    Packaging and storage.
    Shipping.
    Transport (trucks, ships, rail, etc.).
    Security risks and terrorism.
    and more.
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    spill damages, cleanup costs and making all required incident reports, both by phone and written. Oftentimes, spills involve several jurisdictions, each with its own reporting requirements.

    Spill Center’s blog discusses topics related to minimizing costs and limiting liability related to spills and pollution events. Strict liability is defined as “legal responsibility without regard to fault.” Strict liability makes the spill generator responsible for paying damages associated with it, including the following:

    • Costs related to response, reporting, remediation and waste disposal
    • Property damage and bodily injury arising from the spill
    • Fines and penalties for failing to comply with reporting regulations
    • Reimbursement of emergency services

    The blog entry also offers recommendations on ways to maintain a legally defensible position against third-part claimants. After a spill requiring environmental cleanup, all activities, including efforts taken to contain and stop leaking materials and all regulatory reporting activities, should be logged. In truck-related incidents, drivers should write down everything they do after a spill to avoid being drawn into a pre-existing contamination problem as a responsible party.

    Being able to document that a release was separate in time, separate in nature, and was the subject of a separate and complete response and remediation will go a long way toward a successful defense. That driver’s log will provide a written record that can be used to place the company in a legally defensible position.

    Other blog topics at the site address recalls of hazardous products, working with contractors, invoice auditing and dealing with emergency responders seeking reimbursement. Spill Center’s program of support to clients in the transportation, chemical and insurance industries is also discussed.

    In addition, Spill Center hosts a monthly podcast in which I discuss topics related to spills and spill preparedness. The current podcast addresses the potential consequences of failing to report spills. An archive of previous podcasts is also available at the site at spillcenter.podomatic.com.

    Spill Center provides immediate spill management and required documentation, comprehensive regulatory expertise, clean-up contractor referrals, invoice auditing and a proven method designed to place the spill generator in a legally defensible position – all in a low-cost way proven to control costs and limit liability. Spill Center’s offers expertise in:

    • Environmental regulatory compliance
    • Emergency spill response management and documentation
    • Claims resolution, negotiation and settlement
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    For nearly 24 years, Spill Center’s expertise in spill management and environmental claims handling has helped hundreds of clients, from the largest truckload, LTL , private fleets and small fleets to truck leasing, chemical, environmental and insurance companies. They count on us to help get past spill incidents and avoid fines and penalties for non-compliance with reporting regulations.

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    Spill Center Mobile App

    Spill generators can also contact Spill Center via a new app for Smart phones and other mobile devices. Spill Center Mobile works with Apple, Blackberry and Android devices. The app was designed to provide instant communication with Spill Center’s operations center to immediately begin coordinating the response and making all required incident reports.

    Spill Center Mobile can be downloaded at no charge from Google Play for Android, Blackberry World and the Apple Store for iPhone and iPad. To download, first go online to www.spillcenter.net and enroll in the Spill Center program.

    1. Visit www.spillcenter.net and click ‘enroll’ at the top of the page
    2. Enter your company’s profile details and submit
    3. Complete the verification steps
    4. Download the Spill Center Mobile app for your device or use the

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    Spill Center Mobile users include Spill Center clients in the insurance, chemical, environmental and transportation industries – from the largest truckload, less-than-truckload and private fleets to small fleets. Our clients count on us to improve their preparedness to handle pollution events and other environmental spills requiring emergency response, cleanup, waste disposal and mandatory reporting.

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    Technology has always played a major role in Spill Center operations since 1990, when Spill Center was launched as an emergency communications center and a fast, reliable clearinghouse of information. The company grew to become a leading resource for environmental claims management.

    Systems were developed to manage the company’s own data and support its operations. Soon the mission was expanded beyond managing environmental claims to providing information quickly to spill generators. Today Spill Center is the North American leader in spill support and environmental claims management, offering services to a broad client base.

    By Thomas Moses, Esq. - Spill Center President

    Spill Center®, a North American leader in spill support and environmental claims management, offers a wealth of information on its website and blog for companies at risk for accidental releases of hazardous materials and other pollution events. A new blog entry discusses priorities that spill generators should observe in the aftermath of an environmental release of regulated materials.

    This information is provided by Tom Moses, president of Spill Center®, Inc., which he founded in 1990 as a North American resource for companies at risk from hazardous materials releases. He holds a law degree and a certificate in hazardous materials control and emergency response, and he served as a U.S. EPA toxicologist.

    Tom is considered a leading authority on environmental regulations and compliance issues in the transportation industry. His expertise includes chemical security; environmental and safety regulatory compliance; crisis response management; and environmental claims resolution, negotiation and settlement.

    The Spill Center program is designed to help clients deal with environmental releases swiftly and thoroughly to avoid trouble with regulatory authorities. For more information, visit the website: www.spillcenter.net. Or contact Tom Moses by phone at 978-568-1922, x222 or email at tmoses@spillcenter.net.

  • HAZMAT / HAZCOM / HAZWOPER

    Hazardous materials and waste are part of many work situations, and can be found on many types of job sites. OSHA feels that it is so important for employees to know how to recognize these potentially dangerous substances (as well as how to handle and dispose of them properly) they have mandated that anyone working with these materials receive comprehensive training in this area. In 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to regulate the handling of hazardous waste "from cradle to grave". Since then other regulations have followed, including OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER. As part of these regulations, there are varying requirements for employee training, depending on an employee's specific level of involvement with hazardous materials.shifting hazmat

    Our HAZWOPER Program Packages assist facilities in complying with the employee training requirements of OSHA's HAZWOPER regulation (29 CFR 1910.120), and helps employees avoid exposure to hazardous materials. The Package of 23 Video Programs provides the comprehensive information needed by employees who are exposed to hazardous substances as a routine part of their jobs, the people who supervise and manage them, as well as HAZMAT "Incident Commanders", and Include:

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    Our training products on "Rigging Safety" point out to employees that over 90% of rigging-related accidents are caused by human error... and that they are the key to preventing these incidents. Topics covered in these products include:
    - Physical and mental preparation.
    - Personal protective equipment.
    - Equipment inspection.
    - Hazard assessment.
    - Slings and hitches.
    - Hand signals.
    - Load angles.
    - and more.

    - Introduction to HAZWOPER Retraining,

    - Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Procedures,

    - Exposure Monitoring and Medical Surveillance,

    - Understanding HAZWOPER,

    - The Emergency Response Plan,

    - The Site Safety and Health Plan,

    - HAZMAT Labeling,

    - Confined Space Entry,

    - Personal Protective Equipment,

    - Medical Surveillance Programs,

    - Monitoring Procedures and Equipment,

    - Accidental Release Measures and Spill Cleanup Procedures,

    "DOT HAZMAT General Awareness" focus on employees who handle hazardous materials. The products review a number of topics aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter hazardous chemicals, the nature of the hazards and the issue of taking appropriate security measures when dealing with hazardous materials that the DOT has added to the regulation. Topics covered in these products include:     The regulation itself.     Hazardous materials, definitions and classes.     Hazard communication.     Hazard "indicators", such as labels, shipping papers and placards.     Where hazardous materials may be encountered.     Packaging and storage.     Shipping.     Transport (trucks, ships, rail, etc.).     Security risks and terrorism.     and more. Get a Quote for a Class: DOT HAZMAT General Awareness Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location "DOT HAZMAT General Awareness" focus on employees who handle hazardous materials. The products review a number of topics aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter hazardous chemicals, the nature of the hazards and the issue of taking appropriate security measures when dealing with hazardous materials that the DOT has added to the regulation. Topics covered in these products include:
    The regulation itself.
    Hazardous materials, definitions and classes.
    Hazard communication.
    Hazard "indicators", such as labels, shipping papers and placards.
    Where hazardous materials may be encountered.
    Packaging and storage.
    Shipping.
    Transport (trucks, ships, rail, etc.).
    Security risks and terrorism.
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    - ANSI MSDS,

    - Handling Hazardous Materials,

    - Work Practices and Engineering Controls,

    - Respiratory Protection, Fire Prevention,

    - Dealing with the Media in Emergency Situations,

    - Safety Orientation, Electrical Safety in HAZMAT Environments,

    - Heat Stress,

    - and Decontamination Procedures.

    First Aid Mart's DVD program, Poster, Compliance Packages and Student handouts provide all the information that is needed for a comprehensive employee training session. Programs come with an easy-to-use leader's guide, scheduling and attendance forms, employee quiz and training certificate.

    DVDs are subtitled and allow the course to be played from beginning to end or by section, and are indexed so that sections can be accessed in any order.

    Available in English and Spanish.

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