ORM-D Classification for Consumer Commodities Expires on January 1, 2021

October 28, 2020

On January 19, 2011, PHMSA of the US Department of Transportation (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) concluded five years of effort and issued an ever-evolving standard on Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) in accordance with the United Nations Recommendations.  On January 7, 2013, the PHMSA extended this authorization for the use of ORM-D classifications on

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4 Characteristics of Hazardous Waste for Completing Your Waste Profile

October 7, 2020

The EPA requires all hazardous waste producers to fill out an important form called a Hazardous Waste Profile. Formally known as the Waste Characterization Profile, the Hazardous Waste Profile requires a list of all chemical properties associated with the waste produced. This form must be completed before waste is disposed of or transported. The Hazardous

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Clean Up Your Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest Forms or Risk Fines

September 22, 2020

Hazardous Waste Generators regardless of generator status are breathing a sigh of relief that 2021 is not a reporting year for submitting the Biennial Hazardous Waste Report. However, it’s always an excellent time to check that you’re using the best reporting practices possible. Federal regulations require generators and transporters of hazardous waste and owners or

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Small Quantity vs Large Quantity: What are the designations?

September 7, 2020

When it comes to hazardous materials handling, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) has outlined three types of generators. Hazardous waste generators produce waste in three categories that are determined by the amount of waste generated per calendar month.  There are three categories of generators and three very frequently used acronyms: VSQG: Very small quantity

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FDA Recalls Hand Sanitizers with Methanol

August 12, 2020

August 2020 At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, hand sanitizer was in short supply. To encourage productions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) altered their regulations to make it possible for companies such as alcohol distillers to shift production to hand sanitizer.  It’s estimated that over 700 companies began producing hand sanitizer to respond

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Top 6 Things to Know About Episodic Hazardous Waste Generation

August 11, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines an episodic event as an activity that does not normally occur during a generator’s operations. The event causes a hazardous waste generator to exceed the upper limit of its normal generator category for that month.  This often affects Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) or Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs) negatively,

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5 Best Practices for Handling Hazardous Materials Safely

July 21, 2020

Hazardous materials handling requires special care, not only to keep your employees safe but also to adhere to regulations that affect the handling of these materials. It’s always a great time to brush up on best practices for hazardous materials handling. We’ve put together a list of five necessary best practices for material handling.  Understand

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Effective February 7, 2020 – Aerosol Cans…

February 7, 2020

Effective February 7, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding aerosol cans to the Universal Waste (UW) program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The EPA defines an “aerosol can” as a “non-refillable receptacle containing a gas compressed, liquefied or dissolved under pressure, the sole purpose of which is to expel

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Landfills 101

June 20, 2019

Landfills are a tool used to handle the disposal of different types of waste in any industrialized society, and are regulated by the EPA.   The EPA encourages source reduction instead of landfills when handling hazardous waste disposal. Of course, the EPA would prefer you not generate hazardous waste in the first place. Their preference is

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