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UK Leaves the EU Today, January 31, 2020
January 31, 2020After numerous delays, the United Kingdom (UK) will formally leave the European Union (EU) at midnight on Jan. 31, 2020 (Brussels time). There are implications regarding implementation of the EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation and its application in the UK. Read more for a snapshot.
SGIA Opposes Chemical Safety Board Chemical Release Reporting Rule
January 27, 2020SGIA joined forces with the US Chamber of Commerce in the submission of comments opposing many provisions in its proposed regulation on chemical release reporting. The comments requested the CSB to align their requirements with those currently established by EPA. On behalf of an Industry Coalition, Con Maciel Carey also submitted comments opposing the proposed rule.
Printing Industry Dropped from OSHA’s Amputation Prevention Enforcement Program
January 27, 2020After years of being on OSHA’s list of high hazard industries for amputations, the printing industry has been dropped from the list of targeted industries. The printing industry had previously been on the NEP for many years going back to at least 2006. The new National Emphasis Program came up with 75 targeted manufacturing industries, includes certain packaging operations.
OSHA Increases Penalties For 2020
January 15, 2020On January 15, 2020, Federal OSHA announced an increase to the maximum penalty an employer can be issued for violations. The new penalty levels will apply to all violations occurring after January 15, 2020. See inside for a comparison of 2019 vs. 2020 penalty rates.
SGIA Named to EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee
January 6, 2020After a meticulous selection process, SGIA was named to participate in EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC). The purpose of the CAAAC is to develop a diverse representative group to advise EPA on a variety of important air quality issues.
SGIA Joins Louisville, KY Workgroup on Air Pollution Emission Reductions
January 6, 2020SGIA has joined the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District’s (APCD) Multipollutant Stakeholder Group (MPSG). This group will discuss current air pollution challenges and make recommendations for next steps to improve local air quality and reduce health impacts from air pollution. The MPSG will also look at reducing fine particulate pollution and air toxics, which may provide co-benefits to the effort to reduce ozone.
California Revises Injury Reporting Requirements
December 20, 2019In response to Federal OSHA revising its requirements for injury reporting, legislation was passed in August of 2019 by the California legislature that required California OSHA to revise its injury reporting requirements. While the changes required by the legislation are similar to the Federal OSHA requirements, the legislation set some more stringent requirements. The legislation also changed the manner in which injuries are to be reported. Click to read more!
NACOSH Notice of Membership Meeting
December 17, 2019The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health held an open meeting at the Department of Labor on December 12th to discuss updates in the safety and health area. The morning discussion focused on regulatory updates. The afternoon discussion was centered around OSHA's Request For Information (RFI) about Leading Indicators used in the workplace. Read the full post to learn more and to fill out the survey to provide feedback for OSHA's RFI.
SGIA Joins US EPA in Its Second National Recycles Day Summit
November 22, 2019November 15th is recognized as National Recycling Day. To recognize this event, US EPA hosted its second summit to address and advance recycling in the US. SGIA, as one of 165 signatories of the America Recycles Pledge, was excited to attend and be a part of the progressive discussions taking place.
New York State Issues Final Industrial Cleaning Solvent Rule
November 22, 2019On October 23, 2019, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued its final rule updating Subpart 226-1, Solvent Cleaning. The major additions to this rule were the provisions in Subpart 226-2, Industrial Cleaning Solvents. SGIA submitted comments on this rule expressing concerns that the rule would apply to printing operations and urging the DEC to exclude printing from it because cleaning solvents used in printing are already subject to the requirements in a specific rule, Part 234) that applies to printing operations.