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May 1, 2014
Leaks in a chemical process industries (CPI) facility can run the gamut from creating a costly waste to prefacing a catastrophic failure.. They can be an annoyance, by creating pools of liquid on concrete that can become a possible slipping hazard and housekeeping problem, or a leak that can emit toxic vapors, causing various degrees of harm to personnel. In some cases a leak may be a simple housekeeping...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Piping-System-Leak-Detection-and-Monitoring-for-the-CPI_11733.html
March 1, 2014
The chemical process industries (CPI) are, by their very nature, global in scope. While chemical process operators share many common aspects (in terms of the use of chemical engineering unit operations), the location of their operation brings about different requirements when it comes to managing gaseous and particulate pollutants, because different countries have different regulations with regard to air...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Global-Air-Pollution-Regulations-Variation-is-the-Norm_11540.html
December 1, 2013
When the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the U.S. Hazard Communication Law, U.S. 29 CFR 1910.1200, in May of 2012, it set off an avalanche of change in the environmental, health and safety (EH&S) circles of American industry. Virtually every manufacturing and service industry will be involved in one aspect or another of adapting its existing hazard communication system...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/The-Globally-Harmonized-System_11273.html
March 1, 2013
One of the most unsettling experiences in a company’s existence may be the surprise regulatory inspection by a representative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a State Environmental Agency. What if you refuse to let them in? What are your rights? How can you best ensure that the inspection goes smoothly? This article briefly summarizes the government’s environmental...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Responding-to-Environmental-Inspections_10297.html
November 1, 2012
Leading up to this month’s 2012 U.S. Presidential election, the legislative landscape has been relatively uneventful. On top of their preoccupation with the election campaigns, lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum have been reluctant to pin their agendas to any bill that might significantly alienate large groups of voters. Nevertheless, two relatively significant changes are coming down...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Are-you-ready-for-inspection_9886.html
June 1, 2012
U.S. House approves cybersecurity bill to ease information sharing Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a measure that would ease information sharing among chemical firms and other companies with facilities that are vulnerable to cyberattacks. The bill has been met with much controversy: President Obama has threatened a veto...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Newsbriefs-for-June-2012_9370.html
March 1, 2012
Already, in the first two months of this year, the unpredictable and winding road of the so-called Boiler MACT, has taken yet another set of hair-pinned curves. Now industry groups are pushing even harder for an act of Congress that would put on the brakes and allow more time for the regulations to be reshaped. At stake, says Robert Bessette, president of the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Road-to-Boiler-MACT-Takes-Sharp-Turns_9025.html
November 1, 2011
(From November 2011, Letters) Perhaps enough has been written about the questionable science underlying recent U.S. government pronouncements concerning formaldehyde and human cancer of the lymphohematopoietic system (“LHPs—including the leukemias and the lymphomas)*. Now, suppliers of formaldehyde-containing product must face the uncertainties and high expense of defending questionable and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Fight-formaldehyde-litigation_8600.html
September 28, 2011
Yesterday, U.S. District Court judge Paul Friedman denied a legal motion by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.; www.epa.gov) that would have prevented environmental groups from challenging EPA's stay of proposed changes to the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standard for industrial boilers. While the decision was procedural, it suggests to ACC that the stay is...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Court-decision-indicates-that-EPAs-Boiler-MACT-stay-is-at-risk-ACC-says_8520.html
August 1, 2011
Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA;Washington, D.C.; www.epa.gov) proposed new emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emitted by industrial boilers and solid-waste incinerators (CISWI) based on the performance of the maximum achievable control technology (MACT). The so-called “boiler MACT” final rules were signed by the EPA Administrator on February 21...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Boiling-uncertainty_8284.html
July 1, 2011
In the emerging and ever-expanding areas of bioprocessing, where maintaining hygienic designs and practices is of paramount importance, and semiconductor manufacturing, which has its own stringent purity requirements, there is a need to standardize the essential codes and standards that are available. The goal is to consistently achieve process systems that meet the highly refined cleanliness and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/New-Piping-Code-for-High-Purity-Processes_8190.html
March 28, 2011
Soundscreen panels and equipment enclosures provide thermal and acoustical control for blowers, fans, compressors, pumps and other bulk handling equipment. By enclosing the entire noise source, noise levels can be reduced to...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Enclose-the-entire-noise-source-to-meet-OSHA-noise-specs-_7393.html
March 28, 2011
EasyTRA is a new software tool for modeling complex exposure scenarios for REACH compliance. It is said to be the first software application that enables chemical companies to produce, automatically...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Modeling-exposure-scenarios-for-REACH-compliance_7722.html
March 1, 2011
The U.S. EPA (Washington, D.C.; www.epa.gov) announced today in a statement that it is announcing its intention to extend this year’s reporting deadline — originally March 31 — and plans to have the final uploading tool available this...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/U-S-EPA-extends-greenhouse-gas-reporting-deadline_6456.html
February 1, 2011
Chemical regulatory compliance is growing in complexity as product sourcing and formulations proliferate and organizations expand into new markets on a global scale. Staying current with the requirements of international regulatory initiatives such as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) adds...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Managing-Compliant-MSDSs-and-Labels_6377.html
October 1, 2010
Because the global chemical process industries (CPI) encompass so many varied industry segments — including the conversion of raw materials and intermediates into chemicals and petrochemicals, fats and oils, paints and coatings, food and beverages, the refining of petroleum, the production of pharmaceuticals and others — there is considerable overlap in terms of the types of equipment...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Crossover-Applications-for-the-ASME-Bioprocessing-Equipment-Standard_6047.html
August 1, 2010
When it comes to managing regulatory documents such as product labels, bills of lading, and certificates of analysis (COA), virtually all manufacturers in the chemical process industries (CPI) face the same challenge — getting the right information into the right document formats for every shipment. This challenge becomes more complicated when you ship to customers with unique labeling and reporting...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Foolproofing-Regulatory-Document-Generation_5895.html
August 1, 2009
Failure to register under REACH closes EU markets for thousands of chemical substances manufactured or marketed in the European Union, whether on their own, in preparations (formulations) or released from articles (finished products). A key policy objective of registration under REACH (EC Regulation 1907/2006 on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) — to shift the...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/REACH-Looking-Beyond-Pre-registration_4976.html
May 1, 2009
The anthropogenic global warming debate experienced a reawakening last month, following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed finding that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare. In an effort to keep the debate from heading far off course, I must comment on one particular argument that is, in my view, nonsensical and ultimately distracts...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Keep-the-GHG-debate-on-point_4757.html
May 1, 2009
Edison Electric Institute (EEI) member companies support action to lower the country’s carbon and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% from current levels by 2050. And we want to do so in a way that softens electricity price increases for families and our energy-intensive customers, such as chemical manufacturers. A critical factor for achieving this goal within a federal cap-and-trade program...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Letter-to-the-Editor-Shaping-GHG-policies_4789.html
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