Sunday, December 10, 2017

EHS Auditors To Supplement Audit Teams Or Fill Subject Matter Expert Roles

Caltha LLP has environmental and safety compliance and management system auditors available for short-term assignments to supplement audit teams or to provide Subject Matter Experts for auditing projects. Click here to review recent audit project examples.

Caltha staff have experience conducting EH&S audits in most US States and Canada. Caltha also has performed media or regulatory specific audits, including:
  • Product stewardship audits
  • Product responsibility audits
  • Waste - hazardous waste audits
  • TSCA audits
  • Air permit compliance audits
  • Wastewater compliance audits
  • Tank compliance audits
  • Risk Management Plan audits
For more information on the availability of short-term auditors to supplement audit teams or to full specific SME roles, contact Caltha at info@calthacompany.com

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

WI Rules Protecting CHMM, CSP, CIH Credentials

Wisconsin Senate Bill 132 was signed prohibiting the unauthorized use of certain professional credentials, including Certified Hazardous Material Manager, or CHMM. Unless a person is certified by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), the law prohibits that person from using the title of Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), or Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP). The new Wisconsin law also provides protections for those certified by the American Board of Health Physics, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists.

The new law also prohibits a business from representing that services provided are furnished by one of these certified professionals unless those services are provided by a certified person. A person is also prohibited from misleading or deceiving another person by the unauthorized use of a certification mark awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The Wisconsin law considers a violation of these prohibitions an unfair method of competition in business or an unfair trade practice, and allows a person who suffers a monetary loss because of a violation to sue for twice the amount of the monetary loss and reasonable attorney fees. The law allows the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to bring a court action for an injunction to restrain a violation of these prohibitions.

Caltha LLP provides services performed by Certified Hazardous Material Manager certified by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.


Caltha LLP provides specialized expertise to clients nationwide in the evaluation environmental rules, developing EHS compliance procedures, and preparing cost-effective EHS management programs. For further information contact Caltha LLP at info@calthacompany.com or Caltha LLP Website

Sunday, November 26, 2017

MinnesotaToxic Pollution Prevention Plan Update Due January 1, 2018

The Minnesota Toxic Pollution Prevention Act (TPPA) requires facilities that report toxic chemical releases under EPCRA 313 to prepare a Pollution Prevention Plan (P2 Plan) for chemicals reported on EPA Form R. In addition to submitting their EPA Form R to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Program, TRI reporting sites must prepare a Pollution Prevention Plan and to submit annual Pollution Prevention Progress Reports based on those plans to the Minnesota EPCRA Program.

There are two reoccurring P2 requirements for TRI reporting sites in Minnesota:
  • Annual P2 Progress Report - due with TRI report on July 1, and
  • Biennial Update to Pollution Prevention  (P2) Plan - due by Jan 1 for each odd-numbered year (update required in 2017 must be completed by January 1, 2018)

The Pollution Prevention Plan and Progress Report do not apply to chemicals that are not required to be reported on EPA Form R, are reported on EPA Form A, or are reported on EPA Form R but have no on-site release or off-site transfer amounts.

Click here for more information and regulatory updates on EPCRA reporting.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Alabama Mutimedia Compliance Assessment Conducted By Certified Auditor

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Environmental and Safety Compliance Audit
Client:
National Industrial Corporation
Location(s):
Mobile, Alabama

Key Elements: EH&S audit, hazardous waste, air permit, hazardous material, wastewater permit, hazard communication, emergency response preparedness

Overview: Caltha LLP conducted a multimedia environmental, health and safety audit of this industrial facility located in the Mobile, Alabama area. The scope of the audit included:
  • EPCRA hazardous chemical storage reporting
  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Management
  • Current ADEM. air permit
  • Current industrial wastewater pretreatment permit
  • Industrial stormwater BMP rules
  • TSCA
  • Tanks
  • Hazard communication
  • DOT Hazardous material transportation
The audit was led by a IIA-certified professional auditor.

Click here to review other example Caltha EH&S auditing projects. Click here to review other Caltha projects in Alabama and AL regulatory updates.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Overview of Environmental and Safety Consultant Services


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Certified Environmental and Safety Audit in Raleigh

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Multimedia EH&S Compliance Audit
Client:
National Corporation
Location(s):
Raleigh-Durham Region, North Carolina

Key Elements: EH&S audit, hazardous waste, air permit, hazardous material storage, wastewater permit, hazard communication

Overview: Caltha staff conducted a multimedia environmental, health and safety audit of this industrial facility located in Raleigh-Durham Region. The scope of the audit included:
  • EPCRA
  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Management- 15A NCAC 13B
  • Current NC Air Permit
  • NC Air Pollution Control Rule – NCAC 15A-2D
  • Current wastewater discharge permit
  • TSCA
  • Tanks
  • Hazard communication
  • DOT Hazardous material transportation
The audit was led by a IIA-certified professional auditor.


Click here to review other example Caltha EH&S auditing projects. Click here to review other Caltha projects in North Carolina and NC regulatory updates.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ISO 45001 Safety Management Standard Draft Published

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has release a final draft of it proposed International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, designated ISO 45001. Publication of the final standard is likely to be in the first half of 2018.

The standard is being developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts, and will follow other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. It will take into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, the International Labour Organization's ILO-OSH Guidelines, various national standards and the ILO's international labor standards and conventions.

For those organizations that have already developed safety and health programs under OHSAS 18001, the publication of ISO 45001 will be particularly significant. OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn on publication of ISO 45001 and organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have a three year period to migrate to ISO 45001.

Click here for examples of Caltha projects related to management systems and specifically on health and safety.