Formaldehyde and Hexavalent Chromium Compounds Designated as Higher Hazard Substances Reply

As of January 1, 2012, formaldehyde and hexavalent chromium compounds have become designated as Higher Hazard Substances and are subject to Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) reporting requirements. The deadline for the first reporting period for both chemicals is July 1, 2013 for facilities that have 10 or more employees and that manufacture, process or otherwise use 1,000 pounds or more of either reportable chemical. The first TUR Plan is due July 1, 2014.

Please remember to consider formaldehyde that may be manufactured as a byproduct when processing materials such as resins. Also, it is important that you separate out trivalent chromium compounds from hexavalent chromium compounds when calculating threshold quantities.

If you would like assistance in putting together an effective methodology for threshold and emission calculations, please contact Travis Wheeler at twheeler@capaccio.com or 508.970.0033 ext. 115.

TRI-ME Web Updates

There have been a few minor changes to the Tri-ME Web reporting software. There is now a tool that assists with calculating production ratio. There have been changes to the data quality alerts. You will now receive data quality alerts when large increases or decreases in emissions are noted without an associated change in production or source reduction technique. You will be prompted by the software to fix the error. There are also some interface changes such as pull down menus which will make reporting a little easier.

TRI/TURA Workshops

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Office of Technical Assistance are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to hold four training sessions on calendar year 2012 TURA/Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements. These workshops are designed for experienced reporters and are free, but require registration via email.

Workshop Dates and Locations

Thursday, April 25, 2013
North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce
860 South Street, Fitchburg

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Co. Learning & Training Conference Center
350 Memorial Drive (Route 33), Chicopee

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ATMC Conference Center
151 Martine Drive, Fall River

Tuesday, May 21, 2012
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Building
6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport

For more information or to register, please email Nicholas Leonardi of the EPA at leonardi.nicholas@epa.gov. Toxics Use Reduction Planners who attend one of these training sessions will qualify for six (6) continuing education credits.

When in doubt, wear a cape! Reply

On  May 3, 2012, I had the honor to present “20 Years of  Making the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) work for business’ in Massachusetts” at the Cancer Council Autralia’s (CCA) Cancer in the Workplace – A forum on practical solutions for prevention. I was amazed at the feedback I received and of the hope my presentation gave to the attendees. I was even more amazed at the great research and presentations that I was asked to be part of. The presentations opened my eyes to Australia’s biggest occupational health issues of mesothelioma (working with/mining asbestos) and melanoma (sun exposure).

New Friends-Cancer Coucil Australia

I was able to attend a strategic planning meeting with the CCA. When I was about to leave they asked me to give my two cents of advice on how to get a TURA-like law rolling. I reminded CCA that TURA was first ignited by Ken Geiser (then at Tufts) and Mike Ellenbecker (then at U Mass Lowell) who were from acadamia…not the legislature. Maybe the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology could be the starting point. Also, that starting off with Victoria, one state, rather than going country-wide would have a greater chance of success. Lastly, I said don’t forget TURA’s secret sauce…mandatory reporting/planning…voluntary implementation based on a viable business case.

Lucy Servidio The Cape Crusader

When saying good byes and giving hugs Terry Slevin, CCA said to me that they weren’t sure what they were going to get when we they asked me to come down to speak, but one minute into my speech they knew we had asked the right person…I remarked, “Did the cape frighten you?” He replied, “Not at all.” His only fear was that Dr. Tim Driscoll, Professor at University of Sidney, would start wearing one.

For those of you who have never wore a cape when making a presention, I would highly recommend it…it did make me feel like I could do or say anything!

It’s hard to say no to a Super Hero… Reply

 

I’ve been asked to present industry’s perspective on practical solutions to reducing toxics in the work place at a forum sponsored by the Cancer Council of Australia in Melbourne, Australia on May 3 2012. I’m following a presentation given in 2009 by Pam Eliason of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) where she was introduced as having the answers to all of industry’s toxics use problems. I thought only a super hero could meet those expectations so I got myself a cape and now I am Super TURP ( Toxics Use Reduction Planner).

My super power is opening people’s minds to new ways of doing things. This results in using less toxic chemicals and generating less byproduct per widget manufactured. This mind bending ability can make companies more profitable and protect their greatest assets, their employees!

In order to prepare for my Australia presentation I attended a conference that  TURI held on April 12, 2012. I was interested in learning more about safer alternatives and attended the Green Chemistry track. I must confess, I had an ulterior motive to attending the conference. I wanted to get interviews with TUR Planners about their successes with TUR planning so that I could share them with the folks in Australia.

I decided to wear my Super TURP cape to the conference in order to get street cred, or maybe sympathy, from the crowd. It worked! I was able to get 10 companies to give me their input on what they think is the biggest benefit is to using the TUR planning process in their companies.

Please listen to the comments from Cindy Keegan, Manager, Environmental, Health& Safety Analogic Corporation and David Kiddo, Global Business Manager, Wire & Cable, Alpha Gary by clicking on each of the play buttons below.

Comments from Cindy Keegan

Comments from David Kiddo

Isn’t it great that Australia is looking to Massachusetts as a model for reducing cancer in the workplace? I’m proud to be representing TUR Planners and spreading the good word about the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA).

Need some assistance in making your company’s TUR Plan leap over tall buildings in a single bound…reduce payback periods…open up TUR Team minds to new ideas…we have a team of super heroes at CAPACCIO…just waiting to wear our cool capes!

Look for future blogs from down under …there will be photos with emus…maybe…Lucy

(Right) CAPACCIO’S Lucy Servidio with the Photofabrication Engineering TUR Team

CAPACCIO’s Travis Wheeler…Boy Wonder (Helping companies reduce the use of toxic chemicals)

TUR Planning – Notification due January 1st! Reply

If your facility is required to do a Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) Plan under 310 CMR 50.00, you will need to send out notification to your employees that this is a TUR planning year and solicit ideas for reducing the use and byproduct of the reportable chemicals your facility triggers for.  This notification must be made by January 1, 2012!

There are three options for TUR Plan format: A conventional TUR Plan, a Resource Conservation Plan, or an Environmental Management System (EMS).

The notification for a conventional TUR Plan must:

  • Include requirements of the plan
  • Identify the toxics and production units for which a plan will be submitted
  • Provide the criteria for plan
  • Solicit comments or suggestions from all employees on toxics use reduction options

The notification for a Resource Conservation Plan must:

  • Include requirements of the plan
  • Identify the natural asset being considered as the focus of the plan
  • Solicit comments or suggestions from all employees on resource conservation options for that asset

There is no notification requirement for EMSs, but there are requirements for:

  • A written environmental policy that expresses how the facility manages and makes a commitment to:

(a) Compliance with environmental legal requirements

(b) Pollution prevention through source reduction and toxics use reduction

(c) Continual improvement of the EMS and environmental performance

  • Procedures for communicating environmental and EMS information throughout the facility, including EMS awareness programs for all employees

Remember, you will need to complete and have evidence – a memo, an email, a posting – of the notification sent to employees by the January 1 deadline.

For more information, please contact Linda Swift at 508-970-0033 ext. 119 or lswift@capaccio.com.