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Mid-Year Regulatory Submission Reminder

Just as we all take a deep breath after getting the CRTK submissions on March 1 — now it is time to get started pulling together the information for the next round of submissions.  We’ve pulled together our Spring and Summer submission list.  Similar to our 1Q2016 Regulatory Submission Reminder, we detail information about the regulations that require submissions from mid-April through September 2016 along with specific dates to help you ensure that everything is submitted on time! 


Regulatory Submissions Reminder

Most domestic manufacturers and importers are required to provide submissions to the Federal EPA or their State environmental departments.  For some, it is a broad range of different government agencies. With so many regulatory submissions, it can be hard to keep them all straight, so we have compiled a list of which regulations and submissions are due for the first quarter of 2016. This list even includes specific dates to keep you right on track and help you ensure that everything is submitted on time!


January 1st Kick-off List for CRTK and TRI Reporting

Another calendar year!  Where does the time go?  After the holiday bustle has ended, my next task is to start gathering up receipts and records for income tax filing.  Just like taxes, our businesses face regulatory submission deadlines, reporting data from the past year, including Submission of the EPA Community Right to Know (CRTK) Survey and the Hazardous Waste Biennial Report (or Annual for some states), which are due March 1st. Also on the horizon, is the EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and the New Jersey Release and Pollution Prevention Report (RPPR) both due July 1st.

Just like holiday gift shopping, the compilation and reporting process is less stressful and yields better results, if I begin early and develop a strategy with deadlines in mind.


OSHA Recordkeeping Changes for 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recordkeeping requirements have been in place since 1971 (29 Code of Federal Regulations CFR Part 1904). The requirements were updated in 2002 to make it easier for employers to comply. OSHA has again updated the recordkeeping rule for 2015 to include two key changes.


OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard – The Next Completion Date

December 1, 2015 marks the next completion date for implementation of the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012).  As December arrives, containers of hazard chemicals shipped from a distributor must be labeled with HazCom 2012 hazard warning information. Manufacturers and importers shipments to their distributors included these revised labels on June 1, 2015.  Or at least “should have” included these revised labels.


Hospital Surfaces Host for the Ebola Virus?

The Ebola virus can live on surfaces in hospitals for almost two weeks, a brand new study indicates. Researchers examined how long the Ebola virus could survive on plastic, stainless steel and Tyvek, a material used in the personal protective suits used for Ebola. In general, the virus survived on surfaces for a longer time when in the climate-controlled conditions rather than in the West African surroundings, the study found. The longest the virus managed to survive in the tropical states of the West African environment was three days, on Tyvek.


OSHA HazCom Deadline June 1, 2015

The long anticipated OSHA Hazard Communication deadline of June 1, 2015 is fast approaching and companies are scrambling to get their container labels and safety data sheets (SDS) completed.  Of course we’ve known about the deadline for 3 years, so it shouldn’t be a surprise.  Yet it seems that some companies have procrastinated so that they and their customers will not meet the deadline.