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TCEQ Pollution Prevention Plan Updates: P2 Plans

Texas Small Quantity and Large Quantity waste generators must create, manage and update P2 plans. TCEQ recently published these updates regarding P2 Plan deadlines, updates and compliance resources: P2 Planning Due Dates Facilities that have completed a five-year P2 reporting cycle in 2019 must renew a five-year P2 Plan and submit an Executive Summary and Certificate of Completeness and Correctness (C3) to the TCEQ by January 1, 2020. Additionally, facilities who become subject to P2 Planning must create an initial [...]

By |2019-08-27T18:30:33-05:00August 27th, 2019|Good To Know|Comments Off on TCEQ Pollution Prevention Plan Updates: P2 Plans

Hazardous Materials Civil Penalties Increased

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced last week significant increases in civil penalties for hazardous materials violations as follows: The max fine for a violations having to do with hazardous materials transportation increased from $79,976 to $81,993 per day, per violation. For a violation that results in death, serious illness, severe injury, or substantial property damage, the civil penalty rose from $186,610 to $191,316. The minimum penalty for a hazmat training violation went up $12 to $493 per employee, [...]

By |2019-08-15T17:06:08-05:00August 15th, 2019|Good To Know, Hazardous Waste Management, Texas Environmental Regulations, Texas Hazardous Materials Regulations|Comments Off on Hazardous Materials Civil Penalties Increased

Not All Safety Consultants Are Equal

It's easy to assume that all environmental, health and safety consulting companies are basically the same, but it's not true. For example some consultants only focus in one area, typically either safety or environmental compliance, but rarely both.  Some consultants are "one person shops" whereas others staff an entire team of experts.  Some consulting companies charge by the hour, whereas others offer fixed fee costs.  Some EHS consultants tend to work with only large companies, while others focus on [...]

By |2019-06-20T17:33:58-05:00June 20th, 2019|Good To Know|Comments Off on Not All Safety Consultants Are Equal

It’s OSHA’s National Stand-Down Week For Preventing Falls

This week marks the 6th Annual National Safety Stand-Down for Preventing Falls in the Construction Industry. Throughout this week, companies are encouraged by the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) to voluntarily conduct jobsite stand-downs to discuss matters pertaining to fall protection and prevention. There are NO time parameters for this stand down; this could be a 10 minute toolbox talk or several hours of training taking place over the course of this week. Falls continue to be the leading cause [...]

By |2019-05-06T17:43:42-05:00May 6th, 2019|Good To Know|Comments Off on It’s OSHA’s National Stand-Down Week For Preventing Falls

Time To Start Thinking About Heat Hazards

SUMMER IS COMING… And per OSHA laws, employers are required to furnish a workplace free of recognized hazards, which includes hot environments, employers should: Provide workers with water, rest and shade. Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat. Plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention. Monitor workers for signs of illness. The human body is a miraculous creation. With natural [...]

By |2019-04-22T16:25:24-05:00April 22nd, 2019|Good To Know, OSHA Texas Laws & Regulations, Safety Training, Texas OSHA Compliance|Comments Off on Time To Start Thinking About Heat Hazards
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