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New Report Makes Strong Business Case for Using Safer Chemicals in Products and Supply Chains

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Dec. 15, 2014)

Chemicals are all around us, present in the products weuse every day. The demand for increased transparency on chemicals up and down the supply chain is growing - we need to understand how and with what chemicals we are interacting.  Consumers, retailers and brands all want to know more, driving companies to disclose information about the ...

EPA acts to protect children from lead-based paint hazards in eight Northern Calif. communities

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 22, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced settlements with construction companies in Calif. that were not EPA-certified to handle lead-based paint safely before or during renovations in older housing and schools. The lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting rule requires companies to be properly trained and certified before ...

EPA Takes Action to Protect Public from Harmful Lead Exposure

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Dec. 19, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced 62 enforcement actions that require renovation contractors and training providers to protect people from harmful exposure to lead dust and debris, as required by EPA’s Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) standards. The enforcement actions include 55 ...

EPA Settlement with the City of Buffalo Protects Residents from Hazardous Waste and Materials

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Jun. 12, 2014)

Under the terms of an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Buffalo will host nine community recycling events to collect fluorescent light bulbs, electronic waste, and household hazardous waste from city residents. This program will reduce the likelihood of exposure by residents to harmful chemicals found in these ...

Certified Industrial Hygienists Provide Expertise for National Preparedness Month

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Sep. 8, 2014)

For the past decade, September has been recognized as National Preparedness Month.  The special designation began in 2004 when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began their efforts to build awareness and preparedness in advance of any potential natural or man-made disasters.   National Preparedness Month encourages both ...

Fall River, Mass. Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Will Make Community Safer under EPA Settlement

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Oct. 6, 2014)

The Fall River, Mass. Water Filtration Plant will make significant upgrades to eliminate the use of chlorine gas at the facility, under the terms of a settlement with EPA for alleged violations of Clean Air Act’s chemical accident prevention regulations. The settlement requires Fall River to pay a $5,000 penalty and to implement a project ...

Innovyze Releases InfoMaster V5.0 With Extended Work Order Management, Valve Criticality Analysis, Linear Extended Yule Process Pipe Failure Model

by Innovyze  (Dec. 16, 2014)

Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today introduced InfoMaster Generation V5.0, with new and improved analysis and reporting applications. Where other ERP systems are focused on electronic records management, InfoMaster is built from the ...

Rich and poor nations should link up to recycle e-waste

by SciDev.Net  (Dec. 16, 2014)

A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves, say Ruediger Kuehr and Feng Wang. Since the 1990s, electrical and electronic equipment have revolutionised people’s lives. And with ever-increasing technological ...

Baltimore Landlord Pleads Guilty to Violations of the Toxic Substances Act

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Aug. 1, 2011)

Last month, The Baltimore Sun reported that an area landlord with a history of lead paint abatement law violations has agreed to plead guilty to several violations.  The violations stem from the Toxic Substances Control Act and are connected with the landlord’s failure to notify tenants of possible lead hazards.    The man ...

Worker exposure and the hazards of abrasive blasting materials

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Jan. 27, 2014)

Late last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Fact Sheet entitled, “Protecting Workers from the Hazards of Abrasive Blasting Materials.”  The four page document discusses the need for employers to protect workers from hazardous dust levels, toxic metals and the high levels of noise associated ...

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