NEW OSHA Reporting Requirements For Employers Reply

Previously, employers had to report the following severe injuries to OSHA:

• All work-related fatalities
• Work-related hospitalizations of three or more employees

Starting on January 1, 2015, employers will have to report the following to OSHA:

• All work-related fatalities
• All work-related inpatient hospitalizations of one or more employees
• All work-related amputations
• All work-related losses of an eye

Fatalities must be reported to OSHA within 8 hours and the other injuries listed must be reported within 24 hours.

How to report an incident:
• Call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
• Call your nearest OSHA area office, during normal business hours (www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html)
• Report online (www.osha.gov/report_online)

For more information, please contact Bob King at 508-970-0033 ext. 113 or bking@capaccio.com.

Mass. DPS Announces Major Change to Hoisting Regulation Requirements for Forklifts Reply

The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS) has just announced a major change to its Hoisting Machinery Regulation (520 CMR 6.00).

As of November 14, 2014, companies operating industrial lift trucks and forklifts on private property are now exempt from complying with the requirements to obtain Massachusetts Hoisting Licenses for forklift operators (520 CMR 6.06) and for implementing an “In-Service Training Program” (520 CMR 6.07), as long as the general public does not have access to the company property. The DPS made this ruling in light of the fact that the current OSHA standard governing the use powered industrial trucks (29 CFR 1910.178) already requires the training of forklift operators and therefore preempts any state requirements.

The exemption only applies to the operation of industrial lift trucks and forklifts on private property. Companies operating other types of hoisting equipment on their property, such as cranes and hoists, are still required to comply with the licensing and training requirements of the regulation.

A copy of the Administrative Ruling is located here: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/consumer-prot-and-bus-lic/license-type/hoisting/in-service-training-and-company-property-exemption.html

CAPACCIO has been working closely with clients over the past year to provide guidance and assistance in complying with the confusing and somewhat controversial Hoisting Regulation. This recent change will bring welcome relief to those companies still struggling to come into compliance.

Any questions or comments you may have regarding these changes can be directed to Colleen Walsh at 508-970-0033 Ext. 129 or cwalsh@capaccio.com or Bob King at 508-970-0033 Ext.113 or bking@capaccio.com.

Now enrolling: CAPACCIO Wastewater Treatment Operator TCH Courses Reply

CAPACCIO’s next round of wastewater treatment operator TCH classes are being offered Friday, December 5 and 12, 2014. We will be offering four MassDEP approved courses, each worth 2.5 TCHs. Don’t wait until 2015 to get your credits for license renewal. Enroll now! http://www.capaccio.com/Training/wwt_publictch.htm.

CAPACCIO is a leader in industrial wastewater treatment design. Our trainers are experts in the design, operation, and maintenance of industrial wastewater treatment systems. For over a decade, we have prepared candidates for the Wastewater Treatment Operator Exam in Massachusetts and have offered a wide variety of Training Contact Hour (TCH) courses for licensed operators. Our courses are open to public enrollment and can be customized to meet industry or company specific needs. Let us help you prepare for the next exam or keep up with your current license requirements!

For more information, please contact Nancy Robbins at 508.970.0033 ext. 132 or nrobbins@capaccio.com.

Today is October 9th, is there food waste in your dumpster? Reply

On October 1, the commercial food waste ban went into effect for Massachusetts. It requires companies, businesses, hospitals, and universities generating more than 1 ton of organic material per week to make necessary reductions in their disposal. Such entities have many options to comply with the ban, including pre-consumer reduction, re-purposing usable food, donations, and composting.

The food waste disposal ban is part of a larger effort in Massachusetts to reduce the waste stream by 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner David W. Cash recently stated, “The food waste ban provides a win-win-win-win-win for residents and businesses in the Commonwealth. It will reduce waste, save money on disposal costs, create renewable energy, cut emissions from fossil fuel use, produce rich fertilizer for farm use, and grow jobs and stimulate the economy.” Read the full press release at the link below.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/news/releases/patrick-administration-kicks-off-statewide-commercial-.html

CAPACCIO recently had a webinar on this topic “Commercial Food Waste Disposal Ban Regulations – How will it affect your company?” Along with our guest presenter, John Fischer of MassDEP, the webinar provided an overview of the regulation, methods of how to determine how much waste you are generating, and ways to set and communicate goals and track your usage. To download and view the webinar, see the link below.

http://www.capaccio.com/Resources/Event_Recs.html

We also discussed ways this program can be incorporated into your new or existing sustainability program, to your benefit. Regardless of the stage you are in, CAPACCIO can provide assistance. Please contact Julie Muszalski at 508.970.0033 ext. 124 or jmuszalski@capaccio.com for more information.