How to Prepare your Facility for a Weather Emergency

Weather events impact small businesses every day. In fiscal year 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration provided 46,000 businesses and individuals with $2.8 billion in disaster loans. “No business owner wants to think it will happen to them,” admits Bob Freitag, president...

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MCAQD EI Survey Forms have been sent

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department's (MCAQD) Emissions Inventory (EI) Unit distributed Emissions Inventory (EI) Survey Forms at the end of February 2016.  Emissions Inventory Survey Forms are due May 25, 2016. At the beginning of each year, the EI unit distributes reporting...

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Community Right-to-Know: SARA Title III: Tier II Reporting

SARA Title III: Basic Explanation of Section 312 The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), which is also called SARA Title III, was enacted in October of 1986. It allows states and local emergency planning committees to...

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Federal Agreement raises OSHA fines up to 82%

Fines for workplace-safety violations are set to skyrocket. The Federal Budget Agreement, passed November 3RD, 2015, included a provision that authorized the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to increase penalties for the first time in 25 years. OSHA is...

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Sock filter in your parts washer?

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) recently issued a Compliance Advisory Letter, dated October 23, 2015. MCAQD is now on the lookout for solvent cleaning machines that include a canvas bag style filter (sock filter) in the sink or...

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Facility Inspection : 4 Steps to Prepare

STEP 1: Develop a permit with your facility conditions in mind When applying for a permit, get involved in the process and communicate your facility conditions to the regulatory authority. Many regulatory requirements mandate a specific method of compliance. However, if...

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Has Your Facility Completed A Hazardous Material Chemical Inventory?

Virtually all compliance laws from OSHA, EPA, and DOT are based on chemicals. Therefore, it is essential to perform a Hazardous Materials Chemical Inventory on products used, stored, processed, produced, manufactured, and imported as part of a facility's operations. The EPA recognizes,...

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Fall Protection – Are you safeguarding your employees?

Worker's death highlights the importance of fall protection A roofing contractor died and another was injured while performing a roofing installation at the Vikings Stadium in Minnesota. His employer was not able to confirm if his employees were properly outfitted...

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Spill Prevention and Response

Prevention The primary elements of preventing and minimizing the consequences of emergency spill situations are prevention and preparation. Each person should ask themselves "what can I do to prevent and prepare for emergency spill incidents?" A key component to spill prevention...

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Heat Stress Awareness

Hot weather is here. Extreme heat can be dangerous. Thousands of workers in the United States get sick from exposure to excessive heat on the job. Heat related illness can also be fatal! HEAT RELATED ILLNESS CAN BE PREVENTED BY...

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