HWGI rule - Summary of important points

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement (HWGI) rule has been in effect since May 30, 2017.  Regardless of generator status designation, there are some important tasks generators must complete.  Here is a summary of the most important of those requirements. ·Episodic events – Generators can exceed their designated generator status threshold once per year.  Additionally, they can petition for an additional “unplanned” event within the same year.  Generators must have an EPA ID and advise the EPA at least 30 days prior to the event.  In the case of an “unplanned” emergency, the generator must advise the EPA with 72 hours. (§262 subpart L) ·Re-notification – SQGs are required to re-notify of waste activities using Form 8700-12 every four years starting in 2021.  LQGs continue current system of re-notification as part of its biennial reporting requirement. (§262.18(d)) ·Pre-transport marking & labeling – Generators must mark their hazardous waste …

EMSI is committed to support our communities

Here at EMSI we have a passion to provide excellent customer service as well as support our community in way such as volunteer hours, in kind gifts, or cash donations.  Not only do we take joy in collaborating and giving back to the community, we strive to exemplify our core value of stewardship through helping and supporting our customers, local and national organizations.  We are proud to share a few of the contributions and organizations we’ve partnered with in 2017:
Alexandria Real Estate & the Navy SEALFoundation Holy Cross Health Foundation Manna food drive Nourish Now Quest Diagnostics & the Fisher House Foundation Race for Women’s Cancer Sahasta Deepika Foundation for Education United Way Harvey Recovery
Union Hospital Foundation

Tech Corner: HWGI Rule on Contingency Plan Requirements & Labeling

Among the many changes implemented in EPAs Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement (HWGI) rule we’d like to focus on Contingency Plan & Labeling Requirements.
Contingency Plan One very notable aspect in which the HWGI rule has become more stringent is in the contingency plan requirements for Large Quantity Generators (LQGs).  Prior to the HWGI rule the issue became apparent that LQGs submitted lengthy contingency plans to local emergency responders and at the moment of an emergency response event, the responders would have to search entire plans to find the most important information.  Although LQGs are already required to submit contingency plans, New LQGs now have to include a Quick Reference Guide (described as an Executive Summary in the proposed rule) that contains information most critical for immediate response to an event.  Already existing LQGs are required to include a Quick Reference Guide when they otherwise update their contingency plan.  The goal behind the new requireme…

Sustainable Solutions at Your Disposal: Facility assessments and source reduction

Every business generates waste. For some, it may be only office paper; for others, it may be hazardous or toxic waste that requires special handling and disposal. Although waste minimization plans were originally developed to concentrate on the reduction of hazardous waste, a more comprehensive plan will continually and systematically reduce all wastes. Instituting a Waste Minimization Plan is a matter of good, sound business practice. The Plan formalizes the business goal to reduce waste, facilitates compliance with environmental regulations, outlines the structure for managing a waste minimization program, and helps personnel manage a waste minimization program. Nationally, waste minimization programs have contributed positively to the bottom line of those companies that have chosen to implement them. In summary, the Plan will: Reduce environmental impacts Promote environmental stewardship Increase company profitability
Please contact us today for more information on developing a waste…

Regulatory Updates: "OSHA LOG" update!

Effective January 01, 2017, OSHA’s new rule Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness has been finalized to amend the current Recording and Reporting Occupation Injuries and Illness regulation.  The following points are notable highlights: 1.Certain employers will be required to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms under existing regulations. 2.Data will be publicly available for examination by researchers to detect trends and identify workplace safety hazards before they become widespread. 3.Employers are encouraged to increase injury and illness prevention efforts and workers are encouraged to report work related injuries and illnesses without the fear of employer retaliation. 4.OSHA’s existing recordkeeping regulation will clarify the rights of employees and their representatives to access public injury and illness records under the amendments of specified in the new rule. OSHA has p…

Run to End Women's Cancer

EMSI is happy to announce its support and sponsorship of employees participating in this year’s Race to End Women’s Cancer.  We are excited to participate in this run and join hundreds of others in support of this effort.  Together our support allows the benefit foundation continue funding women’s cancer research, education and health promotion initiatives, making a difference.  Feel free to join “Team EMSI” by signing up to run, making a donation, or cheering us on!

Sustainable Solutions at Your Disposal: WasteWise is Worth Your While

If you want to do more to reduce and recycle your company’s waste products, consider joining the more than 2000 other environmentally-conscious organizations and participate in the EPA’s voluntary WasteWise program. WasteWise has been around over 20 years and its partners have reported reducing more than 120 million tons of waste. ​ Companies of all sizes and from all industries are welcome join. As long as you can measure and report your company’s waste output, you’re eligible to participate. And not only will your efforts as a WasteWise partner help the environment, but they can also help your bottom line. One of the member benefits includes reduced purchasing and waste disposal costs. So, if you’re interested in joining or learning more, contact your dedicated Enviroexpert or visit the EPA’s WasteWise website.