CAPACCIO’s EH&S Regulatory and Industrial News Blog

In an effort to “help industry and the environment prosper,” CAPACCIO has developed this blog to provide the latest news on environmental, health and safety related regulatory updates, management systems and sustainability topics.

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ISO 45001:2018 Publishing Date Set Reply

45001As we mentioned in a previous post, ISO 45001:2018 (the health and safety management system set to replace OHSAS 18001:2007) has been approved for publication as a final ISO standard. ISO has indicated that ISO 45001:2018 is scheduled to be published on March 12, 2018. Keep a watch on the ISO website so you can obtain a copy as soon as its available.

System transitions can require a great deal of resource input if not approached strategically. CAPACCIO can assist you with transitioning your existing OHSAS 18001:2007 health and safety management system to the new ISO 45001:2018 requirements to realize the greatest value in your existing processes and future ISO 45001:2018 system.

If you have not previously been certified to ISO 18001:2007 but feel there are opportunities for enhanced structure and efficiency within your H&S system, implementation ISO 45001:2018 can be a great tool to do so. Please contact Linda Swift for assistance or with your questions at 978-621-6433.

Just released, CAPACCIO’s 2018 Compliance Calendar! Reply

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.’s most popular and anticipated download, the annual Compliance Calendar, is here and ready for download! Our free calendar highlights this year’s regulatory deadlines required by the MassDEP, the EPA and OSHA. Each item is explained in detail for better understanding of what the requirement might entail.
In addition to these requirements, there are also pages which outline non-date specific requirements which occur throughout the year including:
* Initial training and annual or periodic retraining or refresher training required by
   OSHA or other regulatory agencies for affected employees
* Inspections, testing, monitoring, and/or certification of equipment and systems
* Payment of compliance assurance, renewal, or usage fees
* Permit, certificate, and license renewals
* Internal or external program audits and reviews
* Documentation and recordkeeping
There are two options of downloads: an Adobe pdf version which includes the compliance calendar front page with the regulatory dates circled as well as the backup information pages. An additional version of the calendar, compatible with Microsoft Outlook, is also available for download.
For more information on any of the technical information contained in the calendar, please contact Linda Swift at 508-970-0033 ext. 119, by cell at 978-621-6433, or email at lswift@capaccio.com. For sales, please contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 114, by cell at 508-380-9217, or email at lservidio@capaccio.com.

Final Draft ISO 45001 Approved! Reply

The final draft international standard (FDIS) of ISO 45001 (the International Organization for Standardization Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard) – a standard to level the global playing field for occupational health and safety – has been overwhelmingly approved and is anticipated to be published as a final ISO standard by the end of March 2018.

After ISO 45001 is published as a final standard, the OHSAS 18001 standard (the current occupational health and safety standard published by the British Standards Institution (BSI)) will be withdrawn by BSI and companies will no longer be able to register to OHSAS 18001. Companies currently registered to OHSAS 18001 will have three years from the date of the publication of ISO 45001 to transition to the new ISO Occupational Health and Safety Standard.

ISO 45001 was drafted in the same format (Annex SL) as ISO 14001:2015 (ISO’s Environmental Management Standard), and many of the requirements are similar. The Annex SL structure facilitates integration of environmental and occupational health & safety management systems.  Be on the lookout for the final standard and get ready for transitioning to ISO 45001!  Start Planning your transition as soon as possible.

If you have questions or need help transitioning or developing a health and safety management system to ISO 45001, please contact Linda Swift at 978-621-6433 or lswift@capaccio.com.

MassDEP Proposes to Add a New Chemical Category to the TURA List Reply

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) Program requires that companies review use of certain chemicals and chemical categories listed on the TURA Toxic or Hazardous Substances List (TURA List) on an annual basis and determine if reporting of that chemical is required.  More information regarding the TURA Program is available here:https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-toxics-use-reduction-program

From time to time the TURA Administrative Council may vote to add or delete certain chemicals or chemical categories to/from the TURA List.  Currently, the TURA program is proposing to add a new chemical category to the TURA List. The category is referred to as C1-C4 Halogenated Hydrocarbons/Halocarbons Not Otherwise Listed (C1-C4 NOL).

C1-C4 NOL is defined as chemicals with 4 or fewer carbons, at least one halogen (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and iodine), and only hydrogen as the other constituent, that are not already individually listed on the TURA chemical list. This will include fully halogenated chemicals that contain no hydrogen. The proposed listing will tentatively be voted on by the TURA Administrative Council (February 2018).  The Policy Analysis and proposed list of chemicals to be included in the C1-C4 NOL category can be accessed here – https://www.mass.gov/event/october-16-2017-meeting-of-the-administrative-council-on-toxics-use-reduction-2017-10, and the meeting dates of the TURA Administrative Council are posted here under the “Upcoming Events” section:  https://www.mass.gov/orgs/administrative-council-on-toxics-use-reduction.

The proposed category includes a number of refrigerants commonly used in industry. The TURA list currently includes a number of individually listed refrigerants, such as R-22 (Chlorodifluoromethane) and R-123 (1,1-Dichloro-2,2,2-trifluoroethane), that are already reportable and would not be included in the proposed category.

Commonly used refrigerants that would be reportable in the proposed category include 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane (R-134a),  R-143a (1,1,1 – Triflouroethane), R-125 (Pentafluoroethane), and R-152a (1,1- Difluoroethane).

If a facility uses one or more chemicals in the C1-C4 NOL category in a refrigeration system, the amount used initially to charge or to recharge the system would be counted towards the 10,000 pound use determination threshold. Any annual additions to a refrigeration system would also count toward a 10,000 pound use determination threshold.  It is unlikely that chemical use will be consistently above the reporting threshold from year to year. Most facilities with a good operations and maintenance program for their refrigeration system will not exceed the annual reporting threshold.

With the addition of the C1-C4 NOL category, businesses subject to TURA that otherwise use 10,000 lbs/year of chemicals in this category, would be required to report that use to MassDEP TURA Program. The reporting threshold for companies that may incorporate any of the new chemicals into products or actually manufacture these chemicals would be 25,000 pounds per year.

Please note: the proposed addition of this chemical category is not final at this time.  The TURA Administrative Council will need to vote to approve this new chemical category before it is added to the TURA List.  If it is added to the TURA List this Spring, chemicals in this category will be reportable for 2019 (i.e., with reports due July 1 in 2020).

If you have any questions regarding this chemical category or the TURA Program, please contact Linda Swift at 978-621-6433 or lswift@capaccio.com.