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Re-opening during COVID-19

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COVID-19 hasn't just caused a temporary interruption to our everyday lives, it has upended life as we know it and pushed us into a new reality where face coverings and social distancing is becoming the new normal. As we slowly and cautiously move forward with safely reopening, we ask that you closely follow your state or county Reopening guide along with the guidelines provided by OSHA and the CDC. Please see below for information and resources:
CDC Business guidance CDC Resuming business toolkit NIH returning to work training tool
For additional information and resources on how to cautiously and safely reopen, call your local Enviroexperts at 301-309-0475.

Sustainable Solutions: COVID-19 cleaning & decontamination

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WHAT WE KNOW:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease caused by a respiratory virus and it has not caused illness in humans before. Symptoms include: fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. This virus is easily communicable and spreads in a similar manner to the cold or flu – respiratory droplets, contaminated surfaces, and close contact.

This virus is affecting all of us and EMSI is committed to help keep your facility and personnel safe. Our Enviroexperts are trained and prepared to safely clean and decontaminate your potentially infected area, facility or location in accordance with CDC and OSHA requirements and recommendations and EPA regulation.

HOW WE CAN HELP:
Our Enviroexpert Infectious Response Service includes:
Conduct assessment and planningDonning of Proper personal protective equipment (PPE)Use of EPA approved disinfecting agentsCleaning and decontamination according to OSHA biosafety standards, EPA regulation, and CDC recommendationSafe handling and disposal of…

Regulatory Update: EPA issues temporary enforcement policy in response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a temporary enforcement policy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the policy the EPA was inundated with questions about how to handle current situations where COVID-19 imposed restrictions prevented enforcement tasks from being completed. The Agency recognizes that work shortages, travel restrictions, and social distancing caused by the pandemic will have an impact on ability to enforce compliance with federal environmental regulations. In response to these projections the EPA has issued a temporary policy that outlines how they intend to "exercise enforcement discretion" with respect to certain compliance situations.

On April 2, 2020 The US EPA sent a letter to members of congress clarifying the temporary enforcement policy. This letter aimed to reassure federal lawmakers and the regulated community that EPA's enforcement activities will remain active and to address concerns caused by the release of …

Tech Corner: New Biohaz Packaging Guidelines

Dear Valued Customer:

The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has all of our attention. Environmental Management Services, Inc. (EMSI) has been monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and wanted to let you know that we are doing everything possible to keep you and our employees safe. This is our number one priority. During this time, we are making sure that our employees are using every precaution in maintaining healthy habits; including the use of personal protection equipment (PPE), hand sanitizers between each service and a clean/sanitized vehicle.

In addition to these safe practices we have included special handling procedures to ensure the safety of our customers, employees, and the public. As of now, the waste generated from treating a patient with Coronavirus does not require any regulatory special handling. Only as a precaution, we ask that you follow the below procedures when handling the waste generated from the treatment of these patients. Any deviations from this process coul…

Sustainable Solutions: CHEMSHARE

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Regulatory Update: Aerosol Cans As Universal Waste

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The EPA has added aerosol cans that contain hazardous waste to the Universal Waste listing as indicated in their federal register posting on Monday, 12/9/2019. This will become effective February 7, 2020.
What this means: Adding aerosol cans to the Universal Waste program offers potential cost savings to generators or a change in generator status (to a less regulated status).This also means that generators may simplify disposal processes around aerosols from the stringent and sometimes burdensome RCRA requirements. However as is with all new Federal regulations, authorized states may choose to adopt the new rules into their state programs or not.
Since Maryland and DC state regulations don’t specifically address aerosol cans, this rule will go into effect in both jurisdictions until such time they would explicitly write rules otherwise. See the Final Rule here or read on for more details.

eManifest fees increase in 2019

The table below lists the user fees for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 (October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2021) for the e-Manifest system. These user fees are set based on the manifest usage and processing costs for each manifest type.

EPA encourages the hazardous waste industry to adopt fully electronic manifesting as soon as possible so that industry members can take maximum advantage of the benefits and cost savings of electronic manifesting. However, EPA acknowledges that it will take time for industry to fully transition to electronic manifests. EPA supports wide adoption of electronic manifesting by the regulated community as soon as it’s feasible.

Manifest submission type Fee per Manifest Mailed in paper manifest $25.00 Scanned image upload $20.00 Data + image upload $14.00 Electronic manifest (fully electronic & hybrid) $8.00 Who pays user fees? EPA charges user fees to receiving facilities for each manifest submitted. The amount of the user fee is based on how the receiv…