Q: What Do All Breweries Have in Common? A: Water

As one of the fastest growing sectors of the food and beverage industry, the main ingredient of these breweries is water. It is standard operating procedure for a brewery to have fresh water intake and produce wastewater during the production cycle. Municipalities must provide and manage this water, but brewers need to understand the requirements associated with water management. In this four-part series focused on breweries, we will provide some information about the requirements and challenges of air emissions, and water and waste management, beginning with wastewater discharges.”…

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Do your facility personnel have the right training to handle hazardous waste?

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), personnel (including authorized representatives such as contractors), handling hazardous waste on behalf of a hazardous waste generator require training depending on the generator category. Facilities classified as small quantity generators (SQGs) or large quantity generators (LQGs) of hazardous waste require initial and annual refresher RCRA training for personnel involved in hazardous waste management activities…

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After the Audit

Compliance findings are identified as a result of an environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) compliance review or audit. What happens next? Ideally the compliance review or audit report identifies compliance issues and provides recommendations or proposed corrective actions to achieve compliance with the regulatory requirement or to implement best practices…

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RCRA Wastewater Treatment Unit Exemption: A Hazardous Waste Inspector’s Perspective

Your facility has gone through the proper channels to obtain a Clean Water Act (CWA) wastewater discharge permit.  Did you ever think that a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste inspection could challenge the status of your CWA permit? The answer is yes and we’ve seen this firsthand…

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OSHA’s Walking-Working Surfaces Deadline Arrived in May – Did You Prepare?

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that took effect on January 17, 2017, updating its 44-year old general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standard. The revisions are significant, and include new technology and industry methods intended to reduce the number of fall-related employee injuries and deaths. OSHA estimates the final rule will prevent 29 fatalities and more than 5,800 injuries a year…

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Handling Hazardous Materials

Handling materials is always a burdensome task that comes with its own unique set of hazards. Handling hazardous materials however, adds another dimension to materials handling hazards…

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Safety vs. Productivity: If Either Wins, Both Lose

Safety, quality, and production still reign as competing priorities in most organizations, with an attempt to be ranked in that order. These concepts are not mutually exclusive however – balancing them is key…

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OSHA Delays Electronic Submission of Records Requirements

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing to delay until December 1, 2017 the compliance date for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data as part of the agency’s Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule.  This will allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system and to provide the new administration an opportunity to review the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation…

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