Category Archives: Environmental Management
Depending on the facility, environmental managers are faced with many different types of environmental regulation. This section offers resources for a successful environmental management program at any facility.
"Under California law, an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is required at some facilities and strongly recommended for all others. For example, an EAP is required at any facility where employees are required to evacuate when a fire alarm is sounded."
"Yesterday we told you that the employer is responsible for providing most types of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the employee used in the workplace. But before you start that big order, here are some payment guidelines excerpted from the preamble of OSHA's final rule published in the Federal Register on November 15, 2007."
"A 17-year-old administrative stay of the requirement to report releases of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), better known as the toxics release inventory (TRI), was lifted by the EPA in October 2011. This means that facilities that meet the TRI thresholds and other reporting requirements must report their estimates of all on-site releases and off-site transfers for disposal of H2S for reporting year 2012; that report is due to the EPA by July 1, 2013."
"Yesterday we told you about a company that will pay $225,000 in fines for RMP violations—some of these violations include the General Duty Clause, which requires regulated facilities to identify hazards that may result from the release of extremely hazardous substances.<"
"The best-run environmental, health, and safety (EHS) operations employ an approach to decision making based on data and facts. Yesterday we told you about the importance of measuring EHS performance. Here’s what you need to look for."
"In environmental, health, and safety (EHS), a metric is the measurable performance of an environmental or safety activity or program within an organization. Metrics can drive performance toward more efficient use of resources, improved compliance, profitability, and the general health and well-being of an organization and its workers. For example, an injury and illness tracking report can be used as a metric for employee productivity."
"As we reach the end of 2012, we take a look back at some of your favorite articles. Here’s a list of the top 10 posts on the Environmental Daily Advisor website this year."
Happy Holidays from the Environmental Daily Advisor staff–Kelly, Rafael, Denise, Allison, and Amanda.
"In early 2011, the EPA created a minor panic among regulated industry when the Agency appeared to give a radically new interpretation of its understanding of contained gaseous material in the context of RCRA solid waste. The statute explicitly includes contained gaseous material in its definition of solid waste; and for many years, the Agency interpreted that phrase to mean “gaseous material in a container.”"
"Your Environmental Daily Advisor peers have spoken! Here is a list of the top 7 most popular Environmental Daily Advisor SPCC articles so far this year. Click on the links below for your must-read articles."
Under SPCC regulations, if your facility has discharged more than 1,000 U.S. gal of oil in a single discharge, or 42 U.S. gal of oil in two separate discharges occurring within any 12-month period, you are required to submit a notice regarding that spill to your applicable EPA administrator within 60 days of the spill or release. What must be included in the spill or discharge notice? Read on to find out.