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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Source Registration and GHG forms are now available for 2016 data! Reply

It’s the news many of us have been waiting for: the new Source Registration (SR) web forms and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reporting forms – are now available!

This is great news for annual filers, but, right now, you will only be able to submit your 2016 data. MassDEP will notify you when annual reporting web forms for 2017 become available.

If you are a triennial filer, you, too, will have to wait. MassDEP has deferred 2016 triennial reporting to the 2017 reporting year due to delays in the web forms availability. One caveat is some triennial SR filers also submit annual GHG reports and will need to do so using the new forms for 2016 data by the date listed below.

As all of this can be confusing, below is a table outlining the dates:

Facility Type Year of Reporting Due Date
Annual SR Filer 2016 October 19, 2018
Annual GHG Filer 2016 October 19, 2018
Triennial SR filer 2016 Deferred to year of reporting 2017 – Due Date Unknown
Annual SR Filer 2017 Unknown
Annual GHG Filer 2017 Unknown
Triennial SR filer 2017 Unknown

For all reporters: Be sure any new equipment or processes that emit air contaminants which were installed since your last submission are included.

CAPACCIO can help you navigate the new reporting system, deadlines, and ensure you are including everything needed in this new process. We provide a full range of reporting services to meet your needs, from peer review to full submission.

For assistance, please contact Lynn Sheridan, EIT, at 774-249-2565 or lsheridan@capaccio.com.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success. Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients. We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

 

 

Job Specific Training Requirements take center stage when complying with OSHA Standards Reply

As mentioned in our previous posts, public sector workplaces including state colleges and universities need to comply with OSHA Standards per House Bill 3952 by February 1, 2019.  Specifically, the law updates and clarifies employee safety requirements and will be enforced by the Department of Labor Standards (DLS).

One of the frequently asked questions centers around training requirements:

  1. What training requirements are there?

Training requirements are job specific. Safety training depends on the tasks and equipment handled by employees, such as aerial lifts, trenches, ladders, or chainsaws. For a summary, see the DLS website at www.mass.gov/dols/wshp and https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha2254.pdf .

As many colleges and universities have workers whose jobs involve potential safety hazards, a complete job safety/hazard analysis or a review of specific programs along with training, has been an effective way to ensure compliance with the standards. Toward this end, CAPACCIO recently completed a successful Lock Out/Tag Out (LO/TO) program for a Massachusetts state university.

CAPACCIO assisted with the University’s LO/TO program by reviewing key processes/equipment, creating Energy Control Procedures (ECPs), and developing/implementing authorized and affected employee LO/TO training to support the LO/TO program. CAPACCIO also provided a written program along with the ECPs and training. CAPACCIO worked with staff to hone in on processes/equipment that were most critical to review and provided the most value to the University. CAPACCIO was able to set up the University so it could successfully develop its ECPs self-sufficiently. CAPACCIO also provided a level of effort that fit the University’s budget. 

This is just one of the ways CAPACCIO can help. We can conduct a H&S audit/gap analysis, review of your OSHA programs, H&S training, or, as in the case described above, update specific programs (JHA, LO/TO, PPE, HazCom) which are time consuming and which CAPACCIO can provide that extra set of hands to complete.

CAPACCIO’S Health and Safety team has worked with colleges and universities both large and small and can deliver specifically what you need quickly and cost-effectively. If you have any questions or need more information or assistance, please email Lucy Servidio or call her at 508.380.9217 or email Travis Wheeler or call him at 774.249.3246.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”.We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

 

Gray is the New Green Blog Series #3: Early days as an aspiring environmental scientist Reply

Picking up where I left off, and what it was like when I was a young person in the environmental field and how things have changed…here are some reflections…

College days

So it’s 1977, I’m at Cook College, Rutgers University, studying Environmental Science and I think this is going to be a breeze. I was in the top ten of my high school class and felt like I was prepared to take on the world. But actually, it didn’t happen that way.

To refresh my memory, I had a copy of my college transcripts sent to me because I couldn’t remember the classes I took and I wanted to be able to talk about them honestly in this blog…I was horrified…let’s just put it this way…my daughter Frankie, who is currently a junior at U Miami, would be thrilled to have crushed my GPA. For most of the intro courses …chemistry, calculus, I was a straight “C” student. I wasn’t sure I had made the right decision being so far from home, wondering if maybe I should have studied music …remember there were no cell phones, no internet, no computers…maybe I should just quit and become a folk singer? I had the chance to do just that. In fact, I recorded in NYC…   I knew I didn’t want my love of singing to become a job…but by sophomore year I I needed a break from school.

Co-Op work opportunities were not what they are today but I managed to get a job with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. I inspected wastewater package plants and I walked streams looking for illegal discharges. These inspections were required as part the NPDES program which regulates discharges to surface water. There continue to be modern day “stream walkers” in search of illicit discharges to storm water. They still perform visual inspections but also use high tech tools to discover illicit discharges such as infrared, aerial, and thermal photography to locate dischargers by studying the temperature of the stream water in areas where algae might be concentrated and in soils.

Being a Co-Op student taught me a lot…like what it’s like to get up early, commute to work (from Perth Amboy to Trenton NJ-the 1979 energy crisis was at its peak so carpooling made sense because of gas rationing), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_energy_crisis, (hybrids and electric cars were not even in our minds) be responsible for paying rent…and that going to school was a lot better than working…smile.

The Environmental Science program offered today at Rutgers is much more multi-faceted http://academics.envsci.rutgers.edu/envsci/ . Remember when I was in school RCRA and CERLA were just being born! It was when I started taking classes in my major that I started to shine…Elements of Environmental Pollution; Water and Wastewater Analysis, International Environmental Studies, Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Impact Statements, Pollution Microbiology. I became somewhat of the Professor’s pet in Pollution Microbiology. Dr. Melvin Finstein was researching composting and needed assistance going through all the periodicals related to composting. I remember reviewing stacks upon stacks of periodicals, no internet, and summarizing my findings.

First jobs

Careers with an Environmental Science degree were not plentiful when I graduated in January 1982. The country was also experiencing a major recession. http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/projects/debt/1980srecession.html

My first “real” job, though temporary, was as a chemist at the East Providence Sewage Treatment Plant. The day they received my resume, their chemist fell and broke his leg…this is true! That job only lasted 2-3 months. I guess he healed quickly!

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Lucy Servidio in the tank at her first job

My first real permanent job was Environmental, Health and Safety Coordinator for a plating company, W.F. Wood Corporation. I ran the ultrafiltration, cyanide destruct system, performed quality control testing on the plating line and kept the company out of trouble with the regulators. That’s exactly how the position was explained to me…keep us out of trouble. Visions of pollution prevention, sustainability or proactive anything were not even thought of, never mind an expectation. At this time, most companies were just trying to understand the new regulations related to hazardous waste management, chemical spills, water and air pollution control. I learned a lot and felt like I was protecting a very small portion of the planet. I wanted to get out and do something that I thought would have a greater impact…that’s when I decided to become a consultant. Not to “dis” plating but they say if you stay in the industry for more than 5 years you never get out…I think I was at 4 years and 360 days! Smile

Since the 1970’s, a multitude of careers have grown out of the environmental movement. The jobs can be more impactful to business’s bottom line, more impactful to the planet and more satisfying.

I’ll talk more about consulting and where it has taken me in my next blog…Lucy

CAPACCIO Promotes and Continues to Grow its Engineering Team Reply

Dave Averill

David Averill, EIT

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of David Averill to Senior Environmental Engineer. Aligning with CAPACCIO’S mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper” and in delivering high value total solutions to our clients, Dave has been a consistent key player in bringing a variety of water/wastewater engineering and related projects to fruition for CAPACCIO clients. Dave’s promotion will further elevate his role within the Water/Wastewater Engineering group.

A multi-talented engineer, Dave has been instrumental in providing our clients with his wastewater expertise in permitting, system design, system evaluation and optimization, construction administration, commissioning, operator training, operation, sampling, testing, and environmental reporting. He supports several CAPACCIO clients who are regulated by the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) and provides compliance strategy, permit negotiation support, regulatory filings and correspondence, and other engineering assistance.

Dave began as an Environmental Engineer at CAPACCIO in 2014 and quickly came up to speed to assist the engineering team in many areas most notably in using AutoCAD to depict all types of drawings from simple process flow diagrams to more complex piping and instrument diagrams as well as site plans. He became an effective contributor to a variety of projects, including assisting with Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Stormwater (SW) plans.

In recent years, Dave has successfully stepped into the Project Manager role and became the facilitator and instructor for CAPACCIO’S Wastewater Treatment Operator Exam Prep and Training Contact Hour (TCH) courses. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and is also an Engineer-in-Training (EIT). 

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Ben Lilly, EIT

CAPACCIO is also happy to announce a new addition to its growing engineering team, Benjamin (Ben) Lilly, EIT. Ben, a University of Rhode Island graduate with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, joins our team as an Environmental Engineer (ES1).

Ben who successfully achieved his Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification in March 2018, has skills in AutoCAD as well as experience working as a water quality field technician, a Best Management Practices (BMP) inspector, and a Sustainability intern.

Dave and Ben work together with others on CAPACCIO’s talented Water/Wastewater Engineering design team on a variety of projects.  For example, the team, led by Director of Engineering, Art Cunningham, PE, LSP, is nearing completion on a project for a large institution which has involved extensive sampling of labs and water use/discharges in numerous buildings to determine eligibility for a low flow low pollutant permit. This ongoing project involves tracking calculated flow rates for the numerous locations and tying the sample data to the actual files from the lab. To make the project more efficient and to ensure accuracy of the data, the engineering team is working with CAPACCIO’s Solutions Design team to develop and implement a customized solution utilizing CAPACCIO’s software as a service, EHS-DashboardTM, to meet project needs and objectives. Stay tuned for the complete write-up when the project is completed.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients. We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.