1/4/2013 3:20:00 PM by Apple Environmental
Apple Environmental announces the opening of its training division and offers this service to companies that are regulated under the Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Many companies know that these regulatory agencies require training, however there are just as many that do not.
The importance of training employees goes far beyond just complying with regulatory agency requirements. Training ensures that employees know how to properly handle hazardous materials, waste, chemicals and substances and this provides a safe working environment. When hazardous materials are handled incorrectly both human health and the environment are at risk and so is the welfare of your organization.
ADVANTAGES OF TRAINING EMPLOYEES
Employees know what and what not to do by understanding the regulatory requirements
Keeps the workers handling chemicals safe from exposure
Knowledgeable employees increase communication and information to managers as well as throughout the company
Keeps your facility clean and orderly
Prevents pollution in the building and property outside the building
May lower insurance premiums
Lowers legal liability exposure to your company
Enables appropriate response to emergencies
TRAINING MUST BE DESIGNED TO MEET THE FOLLOWING STANDARDS
US Department of Transportation (49 CFR Section 172.700)
State and Federal DOT regulations require each shipper, generator, carrier and transporter to instruct and test all company officials, employees or agents on the applicable hazardous materials regulations pertaining to their job on a triennial basis.
EPA and State Environmental Protection Agencies (40 CFR Parts 262 and 265.16)
State and Federal EPA regulations require each generator to ensure that all employees engaged in any activity involving hazardous waste successfully complete a training program on the applicable EPA regulations once per year. In many cases in order to meet the EPA training requirements, training must be provided in accordance with DOT and OSHA.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (29 CFR Sections 1910.120 and 1910.1200)
Under the Hazard Communication Standard 1910.1200 there are new OSHA regulations and compliance takes effect in January 2015. These regulations are known as the Global Harmonization Standard and include new hazard definitions, markings and pictograms on containers and standardized Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) that will be known as the Safety Data Sheet (SDS). These new regulations are being implemented so that the same method used for classification of materials and container marking and labeling are standardized throughout to the world. Companies that identify or respond to in house emergencies must provide general awareness training to their employees under the OSHA 1910.120 regulations.
The Type Of Training Required Under The Regulations Is As Follows
Training And Testing
Hazardous Waste Determination
EPA ID Number
Hazardous Waste Handling Training
Hazardous Waste Manifest Form
Submit A Copy Of The Manifest Form To DEC
Submit An Annual Report
Comply With The Requirements For Personnel Training
Preparedness And Prevention Plans for Emergency
Contingency Plans And Emergency Procedures Found In Part 373-3 Requirements For Treatment Storage And Disposal Facilities (TSDF)
Hazard Communication (Right to Know)
Materials Safety Data Sheets (Safety Data Sheets)
Marking and Labels
Personal Protective Equipment
Environmental managers must understand the critical interface between many regulations, not only Federal and State, but also local town and county requirements. For example, when one of the more than 50,000 hazardous materials is in transportation, it is subject to the DOT regulations outlined in 49 CFR. When the chemical is used in plant it is now subject to the OSHA regulation in 29 CFR. When the material no longer has value, and will be discarded, it is now jointly regulated by the DOT, OSHA and EPA regulations in 40 CFR. If at any time in either of these three areas, the chemical is released or discharged from its container into the environment in a Reportable Quantity (RQ), and is not recovered, it is now a hazardous substance and is subject to the reporting responsibilities of the Clean Water Act, the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act and the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act.
It’s all very confusing, and as many of you know, understanding regulations can be an exhausting experience.
To avoid liabilities, understanding the interface is of utmost importance. Attempting to have a good working knowledge of these requirements is a big job for the average environmental manager who may have many other responsibilities as well. With the above in mind, training from someone who has that working knowledge can assist environmental managers to understand their responsibilities and ensure compliance procedures are implemented.
Apple Environmental understands these regulations and can provide important information to environmental managers in a clear and concise manner.
“TRAINING IT’S THE LAW”
Under the EPA, NYSDEC, DOT and OSHA regulations training is a requirement.
EPA/NYSDEC requires hazardous waste training each year and the
DOT requires hazardous materials/waste training every 3 years.
OSHA has many other training requirements under the Hazard Communication Standard (Right to Know) and the use of personal protective equipment such as respiratory protection.
If your organization generates hazardous waste and offers the material to a transporter for off site for disposal, training is required under EPA/DEC/DOT for employees who manage or handle these materials.
Shippers/generators of hazardous materials and waste have joint and severable responsibilities.
Apple Environmental is presenting seminars that fulfill these training requirements.
Our instructor has 33 years of experience in the environmental industry and has presented training programs across the United States. Organizations Trained:
US Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines – US Postal Service –NASA –TSDF’s – Transporters – Generators and Shippers – Chemical Manufacturers and Distributors – Regulatory Agencies – Emergency Response Teams
GET YOUR TRAINING FROM AN EXPERT
EPA/DOT – JANUARY 2013
HOLIDAY INN PLAINVIEW, NY
TIME 8:00AM TO 4:00PM
39 Rice Court
Medford, NY 11763