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Environmental Regulation – Industrial Wastewater

Some businesses fall under local Industrial Wastewater permit requirements. That is because in order to dispose of some types of industrial process wastewater to sewer, the generator needs to adhere to local and Federal discharge limits. These requirements come from the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) limits set by the Federal government. In basic terms, the rule sets limits...

Workplace Safety Reminder

Employers have a broad duty to provide a safety and healthy workplace even where there is no specific regulatory requirement. Federal OSHA regulations cover broad aspects of occupational health and safety and offer a reasonable benchmark. However as an employer, you can always go one better. Some locations such as California have even more comprehensive regulatory requirements. Federal OSHA is your...

Environmental, Health & Safety Management (EHS) Systems

If your EHS systems are not functioning optimally, then the organization faces difficulties. Over and over we find the same gaps and drivers. In brief they are:

  1. Lack of sufficient and effective resources to successfully manage EHS programs.
  2. The framework is there but the organization lacks effective and qualified EHS leadership;
  3. Competing goals and objectives hamper...

Preventing Workplace Accidents

There were two workplace fatalities in Utah in one week and both occurred in excavations. It was a sobering reminder that despite decades of OSHA regulations, cases of workplace fatalities continue. Our assessment is that in general, the workforce populations most likely to be injured or killed on the job are the very new and then the tenured individual with years of experience. Why? Because the...

Managing Hazardous Waste

If you produce, handle, store, treat or transport hazardous waste, you need a permit except in very limited cases where a generator of hazardous waste is exempt. In some cases, there are different requirements for those who recycle wastes or manage universal wastes. Without going into detail here about requirements, in general, here are problem areas that we fairly consistently observe regarding...

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