Over the past year, EPA has been working to implement new chemical regulations under the amended TSCA rule. This month, the Agency held two public meetings to update the stakeholders on the progress of implementing these changes as well as the approaches they are taking on certain parts of the new rule.
The first of the two meetings was held on December 6, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown Washington, D.C. EPA provided updates on the progress they have made in implementing the 2016 TSCA amendments. The Agency has developed a draft Points to Consider When Preparing TSCA New Chemical Notifications document. This document is meant to assist submitters in preparing Premanufacture Notices, Significant New Use Notices, or exemption notices. The EPA often faces delayed reviews due to a lack of detail in PMN submissions. With this document, the Agency intends to reduce follow-up with submitters by making sure they are including correct and substantial information.
EPA will be publishing a final draft, with an opportunity to provide public comment. Comments will be due on or before January 20, 2018. The Agency addressed questions from the audience at the December 6 meeting regarding this guidance document. One commenter wanted to see a full history of the development of the document, and EPA announced that they would be publishing both an original red-lined copy as well as the final draft. Another commenter asked about the process for submissions from downstream users. One potential solution is having downstream users submit a support document for information that they don’t want to give to their suppliers – EPA is considering this approach.
The Agency also had a brief discussion of the Decision Guidelines Manual. This document will summarize how the EPA reviews new chemical submissions and makes final decisions, as well as providing an overview of the risk assessment and rick management processes. This document will help chemical manufacturers understand the potential regulatory action that may arise from an EPA determination. EPA has published an outline of the document that they seek comment on – specifically, they are looking for comments on whether additional sections should be added to the final document.
Finally, a representative of the Risk Assessment Division of the EPA touched on the Agency’s Sustainable Futures program. This program provides computer-based models and training to help companies develop safer chemicals more quickly and cost-effectively. Companies that participate in this program become eligible for an expedited EPA premanufacture review.
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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has adopted new requirements that impact screen and digital printing facilities that use cleaning solvents. Any facility that purchases for use more than 855 gallons of industrial cleaning solvents, in aggregate, during any 12 consecutive months is impacted by this rule.
Screen printing facilities that meet this threshold requirement must use only industrial cleaning solvents that have composite vapor pressures equal to or less than eight millimeters of mercury (mmHg) at 20 degrees Celsius; or solvents with a maximum VOC content of 500 grams per liter. There is also an option for screen operations to install, operate, and maintain, in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, air pollution control equipment that reduces uncontrolled VOC emissions to the atmosphere from industrial cleaning by an overall control efficiency of 85 percent or more.
The NJ Department exempted solvents used for the cleaning of digital printing operations from the VOC content limit since very little solvent is used to clean the parts. Digital printing operations that meet the threshold of using more than 855 gallons of industrial cleaning solvents, in aggregate, during any consecutive 12 months then the following best management practices and recordkeeping requirements apply.
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OSHA has issued another delay for the employer submittal deadline regarding electronic data of the 2016 Form 300A. The new deadline is now December 15, 2017.
The requirement for the electronic submittal of the injury and illness records became effective on January 1, 2017 and requires employers covered under the rule to submit information from their completed 2016 Form 300A.
According to OSHA the following State Plan states have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically: California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
The previous delay set the deadline for employers as December 1, 2017. This latest delay (until December 15th) now allows employers some extra time to become familiar with the electronic reporting system. In addition, the delay was also in response to an alert from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US–CERT) that indicated a potential compromise of user information which is currently being addressed.
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On Jan. 1, 2017, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented a new requirement that certain employers must submit injury and illness data electronically using OSHA’s new Injury Tracking Application (ITA). Enforcement is set to begin Dec. 1, 2017.
The requirement does not apply to Washington employers.
That is because Washington State has not yet adopted the new electronic reporting requirement. If you are an employer in the state of Washington, you do not have to provide this information to OSHA until Washington adopts the same requirement in our state.
Rulemaking activity is underway to adopt the electronic reporting requirement in Washington State in 2018.
In the meantime, continue to keep your OSHA 300 log as before.
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On November 9, 2017, OSHA issued a final rule on delaying the implementation of crane certification under the standard for cranes and derricks. This standard impacts those in the graphics industry that will use cranes in their work capacity.
The delay in implementation has been extended several times and was necessary for OSHA to address stakeholder concerns over the operator certification requirements in the 2010 cranes and derricks standard.
Under the standard, crane operators were to be certified by November 10, 2017. However, as a result of the final rule, OSHA is delaying the deadline for certifying crane operators under the standard by one year until November 10, 2018.
Along with this delay, OSHA is extending the requirement for employers to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same one year period.
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