EPA Releases Update to Chemicals List

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory listing the chemicals that are actively being manufactured, processed and imported in the United States.

The main takeaway from this update is that less than half of the total number of chemicals on the current TSCA Inventory are currently still sold in commerce.

With this updated information, the EPA says it will help focus risk evaluation efforts on chemicals that are still on the market.

In addition, more than 80 percent of the chemicals in commerce have identities that are not Confidential Business Information (CBI), increasing public access to additional information about them.

To download the public version of the initial TSCA Inventory, get more information about the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements rule, or requirements to notify EPA going forward, click here. To read the full EPA press release, click here.

What is a Secondary Containment System?

If a primary containment system is used to hold a chemical, solid, or another substance, a secondary containment system is needed. Secondary containment, encompassing containers and tanks, is regulated by the EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) 40 CFR 264, which specifies standards for use and management of such systems.

Portable containers must have a base free of cracks and gaps and must be able to contain leaks, spills, and precipitation and prevent run-on. The system also needs to be able to drain any substances inside, unless the container is elevated or not in direct contact with liquids. At the same time, the container being used must be able to hold 10 percent of all primary containment systems or 100 percent of the largest. Any leaks or spills that do occur must be removed as soon as possible to prevent overflow.

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OSHA Provides Compliance Assistance Resources to Protect Workers from Falls

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it developed a collection of compliance assistance resources to address falls in the workplace.

Falls in the workplace are the leading cause of worker fatality in the construction industry. OSHA’s goal is to promote awareness about common fall hazards in construction, educate job creators and workers on fall prevention and reduce the number of fall-related injuries and fatalities.

OSHA is working with industry stakeholders to provide informative compliance assistance resources. Some of those resources include:

  • The sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 6-10, 2019. The weeklong outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the workday to discuss fall hazards and how to prevent them.
  • series of fall safety videos show how to prevent construction-related fall hazards from floor openings, skylights, fixed scaffolds, bridge decking, reroofing and leading edge work.
  • OSHA’s Fall Prevention Training Guide provides a lesson plan for employers including several Toolbox Talks.
  • Fact sheets on ladders and scaffolding provide guidance on the safe use of these types of equipment while performing construction activities.
  • A brief video, 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls, encourages employers to develop a fall prevention plan, and to provide workers with fall protection and training.

To read the full news release from OSHA, click here. To view Spill 911’s complete line of Fall Protection products, click here.