Employers should be in full compliance with HazCom 2012

The Hazardous Communication Standard which was revised by OSHA to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals has reached the final compliance deadline.

Midwest Environmental Services is aware of the June 1, 2016 date employers should be fully compliant with the revised standards. That includes making any necessary updates to their HazCom program, training employees on any newly identified chemical hazards, and updating safety data sheets libraries and secondary labels.

Midwest Environmental Services provides training to help employers understand and comply with the new standard.

For more information regarding HazCom 2012 please contact the Midwest Environmental Service’s Safety Director at 502-491-0991.


E-Manifests will soon be available for shipments

For a while the EPA and other stakeholders have sought to transform the hazardous waste manifest system from its current paper-based approach to one that takes greater advantage of electronic information technologies. Midwest Environmental Services generally supports the e-Manifest rationale which is aimed at adopting an electronic manifesting approach that would allow waste shipments to be tracked electronically, thereby mitigating the burdens and inefficiencies associated with the use of paper manifest forms.

Midwest Environmental Services is currently reviewing the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (“the Act”) signed into law by the President. The Act authorizes the EPA to establish and implement an e-Manifest System in partnership with industry and the states by 2015. The Act also requires EPA to adopt an e-Manifest regulation authorizing e-Manifests that are created and transmitted through the use of the e-Manifest System by October 5, 2013.

The scope of the e-Manifest will extend to all federally and state regulated wastes that require a manifest; use of e-Manifest, however, is optional to users.

To learn more about the new e-Manifest option please contact the Hamilton Ohio office at 513-681-9990.

Exit signs may contain radioactive materials

Exit signs that glow in the dark often contain a radioactive gas called tritium. These signs do not require electricity or batteries and can be used where it is hard to install electrical signs. There are a couple of ways to know whether an exit sign contains tritium. When the lights are off, tritium will make the word EXIT glow green or red. Also, the sign should have a permanent warning label that mentions tritium – radioactive material.

These signs pose little or no threat to public health or safety but proper disposal is required because a damaged sign could contaminate the immediate area and result in expensive cleanup cost.
Midwest Environmental Services can provide safe and secure disposal to those unwanted or end of life signs to meet the complex regulatory requirements. Midwest Environmental Services, with our extensive network of outlets, has the knowledge and resources for proper disposal.

Please contact Midwest Environmental Services at 513-681-9990 to learn more about exit sign management.

CMV Drivers are prohibited from texting while driving

Midwest Environmental Services is aware that The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has published rules specifically prohibiting commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who transport placardable quantities of hazardous materials from texting or using hand-held mobile phones while operating their vehicles.

This rule restricts a CMV driver from reaching for or holding a mobile phone to conduct a voice communication, as well as dialing while operating their vehicle. Midwest Environmental Services supports this safety measure and has developed policy to ensure compliance.

Please contact Midwest Environmental Services at 513-681-9990 to learn more about the risks of distracted driving.

Hazardous Communication Standards are now aligned Globally

Did you know the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

Midwest Environmental Services offers training to this revision of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating specific hazards on labels and safety data sheets. Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard include the following:

  • Hazard classification: Provides specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures.
  • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
  • Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.
  • Information and training: Employers are required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new labels elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding.

Midwest Environmental Services offers compliance training for the following phase-in period for the revised Hazard Communication Standard:

December 1, 2013 – Training employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format
June 1, 2015 – Compliance with all modified provisions of the final rule except:
December 1, 2015 – The Distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacture or importer unless it is a GHS label
June 1, 2016 – Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards

Contact Midwest Environmental Services at 800-388-5160 or our Consulting Services Division at 502-491-0991, and inquire about the GHS training requirements and how Midwest Environmental Services may assist you for the change.