Create Value in 2018 with Sustainability Reporting

Create Value in 2018 with Sustainability Reporting

The new year often results in a refreshing sense of hope and optimism which seems to motivate people to replace bad habits with good ones. Many resolve to do more exercise, eat healthier, and get a better night’s sleep. But what resolutions might you make if you want to improve the health of the planet? You might resolve to make your household more sustainable by creating less waste and using less energy. You might resolve to make your community more sustainable by driving less and eating locally grown food. You might even resolve to make your workplace more sustainable by implementing green-procurement policies or assist with a reporting effort. KERAMIDA’s sustainability reporting training will help you start 2018 with the skills you need to turn these resolutions into real impact.

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EPCRA Tier II Reporting

EPCRA Tier II Reporting

With the new year quickly approaching, it's important to note that the USEPA has made a change to EPCRA (Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act), Sections 311 and 312 (Tier II) reporting. They are changing how reporting is done as of January 1, 2018. Since OSHA adopted the Global Harmonization of Systems (GHS) protocol in March 2012, the EPA has updated their hazardous chemical inventory reporting requirements to marry up with the new OSHA GHS standard.

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OSHA 300A Forms Are Due Friday, December 15!

OSHA 300A Forms Are Due Friday, December 15!

This is a friendly reminder that your 2016 OSHA 300A forms are due by December 15, 2017. The world of OSHA reporting can be complicated and, at the least, confusing; especially when it comes to electronic reporting. The Federal Register recently published an OSHA announcement extending the deadline for submission of Form 300A data for CY 2016. OSHA 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, is a form that must be submitted annually by employers, with more than ten employees, to report on-the-job injuries or illnesses.

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Groundwater Remediation by Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination

Groundwater Remediation by Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination

The term Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination (ERD) is a remediation approach being applied to groundwater at chlorinated volatile organic compound (cVOCs) impacted sites. These sites are commonly former dry cleaner or manufacturing operations which operated from the late 1960 to early 2000s utilizing perchloroethylene (PCE), or perc, or trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreaser product. 

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OSHA Proposed Lockout/Tagout Rule

OSHA Proposed Lockout/Tagout Rule

On October 4th, 2016, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule (81 FR 68504) to revise outdated, unnecessary, or redundant requirements that govern 18 standards concerning record keeping, general industry, maritime, and construction. One of the revisions concerns the existing lockout/tagout standard.

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RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

The final RCRA hazardous waste generator improvements rule will soon be published by EPA. According to the prepublication version of the rule, it will include more than 60 revisions and new requirements with the goal of improving compliance understanding through increased user-friendliness, improved flexibility, gap closure, clarifications, and technical corrections.

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OSHA Update to Workplace Safety Rules Limits the Use of Post-Incident Drug Testing

OSHA Update to Workplace Safety Rules Limits the Use of Post-Incident Drug Testing

OSHA's interpretation of its new rule calls into question the widespread use of mandatory post-accident drug testing programs. Section 1904.35(b)(1)(iv) of the final rule prohibits an employer from discharging or discriminating against an employee for reporting a work-related injury or illness. The new rule states that "blanket post-injury drug testing policies deter proper reporting". The agency instructs employers to limit post-incident drug testing to situations in which drug use is likely to have contributed to the incident. 

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New ISO Standard for Sustainable Procurement to be Published in Early 2017

New ISO Standard for Sustainable Procurement to be Published in Early 2017

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has issued the second draft of the new standard in development, ISO 20400: Sustainable Procurement - Guidance. Comments on this draft can be submitted by the end of the business day on Thursday, November 17, 2016. 

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OSHA Issues Final New Rule for Reporting Workplace Illnesses and Injuries

OSHA Issues Final New Rule for Reporting Workplace Illnesses and Injuries

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on reporting workplace illnesses and injuries. Under the new rule, organizations with 250 or more employees, in industries that are covered by the recordkeeping regulation, must electronically submit injury and illness information from OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301 to OSHA. Establishments with 20-249 employees, in certain industries, must electronically submit information on Form 300A only. Additionally, under the new rule, employers in high-hazard industries will send OSHA injury and illness data that the employers are already required to collect for posting on the agencies website.

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Sustainability Reporting Framework Comparison

Sustainability Reporting Framework Comparison

There are countless sustainability reporting frameworks available to help organizations standardize and improve their sustainability reports. 

For a brief comparison of four of the most common reporting frameworks in the U.S see our Comparison Chart: Sustainability Reporting Framework Comparison

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How Does the New "OSHA Silica Rule" Impact Your Business?

How Does the New "OSHA Silica Rule" Impact Your Business?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. 

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Hazard Communications Deadlines - Are you Ready?

Hazard Communications Deadlines - Are you Ready?

Do you have chemicals at your workplace? If so, are you OSHA compliant? OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012) in March 2012 to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of chemicals (GHS). The program has a phased in implementation through the middle of 2016 and is very high on OSHA's priority list for compliance.

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2016 TSCA CDR Reporting - It's Not Just for Chemical Manufacturers

2016 TSCA CDR Reporting - It's Not Just for Chemical Manufacturers

The Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule, established as part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and codified in 40 CFR Part 711, requires chemical substance manufacturers, producers, and importers to report, during the 3rd quarter of 2016, information on chemical substances manufactured, produced, or imported by any single site for introduction into commerce. 

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PSM and Department of Homeland Security Requirements

PSM and Department of Homeland Security Requirements

Process Safety Management (PSM) is a systematic, investigative tool, used to prevent the release of any material defined as a "highly hazardous chemical" by OSHA. 

PSM is a part of the wide variety of compliance services offered by KERAMIDA, Inc. within our Security, Health and Safety Division. Our experienced PSM team is able to assist our clients with the task of evaluating details and compliance factors of processes which are covered under the OSHA PSM standard found in 29 CFR 1910.119.

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Effluent Limitation Guidelines

Effluent Limitation Guidelines

On September 30, 2015, the U.S. EPA finalized its Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG) for the Steam Electric Power Generating point source category. The new rule focuses on fossil- and nuclear-powered steam generating plants whose primary purpose is to generate electricity for distribution and sale, and who discharge to surface water via an NPDES permit or to a POTW via a pre-treatment permit. 

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