TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory

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  The Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule requires that manufacturers and importers report to the EPA information concerning the manufacturing, processing, and use of certain chemical substances listed in the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory. The submissions for 2016 are due by September 30, 2016. This is the first time since 2012 that this reporting has been required, and some of …

EPA’s 2017-2019 Enforcement Initiatives

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On February 18th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its seven National Enforcement Initiatives for fiscal years 2017-2019. These initiatives are selected every three years by the EPA to “focus resources on national environmental problems where there is significant non-compliance with laws, and where federal enforcement efforts can make a difference”. Out of the seven chosen initiatives, four are retained …

OSHA Clarifies Compliance Dates for HCS 2012 Labeling

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In March of 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized the revised version of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).  The HCS is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  This has provided a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Earlier …

EPA Introduces Safer Choice Label

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In March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed a new label for household cleaners and other household products. The Safer Choice label aims to make it easier for a consumer to find products that are safer and more environmentally friendly. The label is new, but the program has been around for the past 15 years under the name “Design for …

New Disposal Option for Pharmaceutical Waste

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that they are in the process of developing a proposal to establish standards for the management and disposal of hazardous pharmaceutical waste. We can hopefully expect this proposal in 2015.  In the meantime, generators of hazardous pharmaceutical waste must follow the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) standards.  A new process has been …

Training Hospital First Responders on Hazardous Substance Exposure

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Healthcare workers experience a number of risks in the workplace. One such risk is occupational exposure to chemical, biological, or radiological materials when hospitals receive patients contaminated with these hazardous substances. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), first responders or receivers in these situations at hospitals include healthcare workers “who have a role in receiving and treating …

OSHA to Address Hazardous Chemical Exposures

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Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the launch of a national dialogue concerning hazardous substances and exposures to these substances that result in work-related illnesses. OSHA has stated that the first stage consists of gathering information on the management of hazardous chemical exposures and strategies for updating permissible exposure limits (PELs). PELs are regulatory exposure limits …

EPA Identifies Health Concern with Paint Stripper Chemical

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final risk assessments in late August for three chemicals found in specific household products. The assessments were done for Dichloromethane (DCM), antimony trioxide (ATO), and 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta-[ã]-2-benzopyran (HHCB) and focused on specific uses of the three chemicals as found in household products.  The assessment for DCM identified health risks to both workers and consumers who …

Safer Alternative for Toxic Flame Retardants

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Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced safer alternatives to toxic flame retardants.  The existing flame retardants are used in consumer and commercial products, including building insulation and products that contain flexible polyurethane foam. Existing retardant chemicals include hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE).  These chemicals can create human health issues such as reproductive, developmental, and neurological effects.  Additionally, …

TRI Reporting Deadline Approaching

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July 1, 2014 marks the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting deadline for reporting year 2013.  The report is required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for various facilities throughout the US. The TRI tracks the usage of specific toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment.  Facilities that use these chemicals must report all releases …