Hazardous Waste Manifests Are Going Electronic Reply

A hazardous waste manifest is an important set of paper forms that track hazardous waste shipments to their final destination.  As of June 30, 2018, those paper forms will become electronic, and must be entered into the EPA’s e-Manifest system!

The goal for going electronic is to have a more stream-lined, efficient, and automated system. The new electronic system will allow you to create, sign, and track hazardous waste manifests, all through the RCRAInfo system on the EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) platform.  The new system is expected to go live on June 30, 2018.

It is important to note, if you do not already have an EPA identification number, you will need to obtain one and can do so through the RCRAInfo system. Also, for generators located in Massachusetts that currently have a Massachusetts ID number that starts with MV, you will need to obtain a new EPA ID number that is in the Federal format through the system.

There are a number of ways you can accomplish getting manifests into the e-Manifest system.  If you haven’t already become familiar with this new system, CAPACCIO recommends that you work closely with your waste hauler to help get your manifests into the e-Manifest system.

Going forward, the EPA will be imposing fees for manifests submitted which will be dependent upon the form in which they are remitted.  The fees are to recoup the costs of developing, operating, maintaining and upgrading the e-Manifest system, and will be levied as follows:

  • A paper manifest submitted to EPA = $20.00 per manifest
  • A PDF image of a manifest submitted electronically to EPA = $13.00 per manifest
  • A data file and PDF of a manifest submitted together to EPA = $7.00 per manifest
  • A manifest submitted via the EPA e-manifest system = $4.00 per manifest

There is a learning curve for understanding how to set up an account, how to get your electronic signature approval, and so on within the new system.  CAPACCIO can help you through this initial process and also know that your waste hauler is a reliable resource for advice on this as they are going through this process as well.  By contacting and working with them sooner rather than later, you can ensure a smooth transition for both parties as this new e-Manifest system is implemented.

For more information on the new e-Manifest system, you can visit the EPA e-Manifest webpage at: https://www.epa.gov/e-manifest

Or, the MassDEP webpage at https://www.mass.gov/guides/hazardous-waste-generation-generators under “Important News & Updates.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Swift at 978-621-6433 or lswift@capaccio.com, or the MassDEP at 617-292-5898 or baw.edep@state.ma.us.

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.

Register now for AIM’s June Workshop, “Engagement Holds Key to Sustainability” Reply

Join the Associated Industries of Massachusetts’ (AIM’s) Sustainability round table group for workshops facilitated by subject matter experts Cristina Mendoza, Solutions Design Lead, Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.Matt Gardner, Managing Partner of Sustainserv, Inc., and Dr. Wayne Bates, Tighe & Bond. The next workshop is scheduled for June 15, 2018, with the details and registration link below.

June 15, 2018 | Engagement Holds Key to Sustainability | Register for June Workshop

The most successful corporate sustainability efforts are based upon engagement with employees, management, suppliers, customers, regulators and the communities in which the companies are located. Such engagement requires that the company take into account the needs and expectations of its stakeholders. It also requires focused and well-planned communication and outreach efforts.

In this Workshop, leading practitioners will share how they are addressing sustainability issues in their supply chain, from the perspective of being a respondent to customer inquiries and also proactive interaction and collaboration with suppliers/vendors providing critical information about their own sustainability practices.

Location & Logistics        Registration is required for security purposes.

R.H. White Companies Inc. – 49 Central Street, Auburn, MA 01501

7:45-10:30 AM. Program begins promptly at 8:05 AM.

Free to AIM members. Non-Members $100.00.

Questions? Please contact Debbie Carroll, dcarroll@aimnet.org, 617.488.8352.

About AIM’S Sustainability Roundtable
Since 2011, AIM has convened members from leading companies across Massachusetts quarterly to network, share sustainability-related successes, challenges, and lessons learned with industry experts and peers. Representative of employers from every sector of the Massachusetts economy, this group includes members from family-owned businesses, global medical device companies, software startups, multi-billion dollar corporate giants, high-profile construction firms and women- and minority-owned enterprises.

This group’s mission is to provide employers direct access and intimate interaction with experts in the sustainability field.

ISO 45001’s Purpose is to Improve Health and Safety Performance – But It Takes Some Planning Reply

As you may know ISO 45001 is here!  It was finalized and published in March of 2018.  But what is 45001?  It is an ISO standard for health and safety management systems (HSMS’s) that is designed to help organizations maintain a safe and healthy workplace, prevent ill health, manage an organization’s occupational health and safety (OHS) risks and opportunities, and continually improve the organization’s OHS performance.

Why is that important?  Along with certification to ISO 14001:2015 (ISO’s environmental management standard), certification to ISO 45001 serves as a commitment to the sustainability of the organization, its workers and other interested parties (e.g., investors, the local community).  This transparency of an organization helps to demonstrate its intentions and strategy in how the business conducts itself.  A commitment to OHS (occupational health and safety) carries a lot of weight with attracting talented workers, responsible customers, shareholders and others.

Now that ISO 45001:2018 is published, OHSAS 18001:2017 is being withdrawn, and organizations will no longer have the opportunity to become newly registered to the previous health and safety standard.  Organizations currently registered to OHSAS 18001:2007 have up to three years to transition to ISO 45001.  Organizations wanting to be newly registered will now only be able to register to the new ISO 45001 standard.

For those organizations that are already certified to ISO 14001:2015, many of the requirements you need should be in place for 45001 already – as the requirements for an EMS (environmental management system) are much the same as for an HSMS (health and safety management system).

If your organization is interested in forward thinking and seriously addressing its risks and opportunities in the area of OHS, it’s time to start planning how and when to get certified.

Tips on how to approach certification…

  • Be sure to obtain management commitment – without it the HSMS will fail (and it’s one of the requirements of the standard-See Element 5 of the standard).
  • Study the standard – look at what you have in place and what you need to put in place.
  • Set a schedule for the registrar to come in and audit your management system for certification. Your plan for certification should include a timetable that is reasonable for your organization.
  • Prepare, prepare, prepare – it’s not wise to wait until the last minute.

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. has the tools and experience to help you identify what you already have in place and what you need.  We can also help you develop the system,  implement it, and get your organization ready for the certification audit.  After your organization is certified, we can also help you to maintain your management system as well.

Stay tuned to the Capaccio’s Blog and eBlast communications for an announcement about upcoming training sessions regarding ISO 45001:2018.

Contact Linda Swift,  CHMM, TURP, Exemplar Global Provisional Auditor, at 978-621-6433 with any questions you may have or assistance you may need regarding ISO 45001:2018.

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.  To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

 

 

 

Cristina Mendoza To Lead Solutions Design Team at CAPACCIO Reply

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Cristina Mendoza

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Cristina Mendoza from Environmental Scientist to Solutions Design Lead. Aligning with CAPACCIO’S mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper” and its overarching goal of delivering high value total solutions to our clients, Cristina will play a key role applying her knowledge in EH&S, Sustainability and Management Systems as well as her experience utilizing CAPACCIO’s custom tools, web applications, and cloud-based solutions to develop strategic solutions which advance our clients’ EH&S and other programs.

In this realm, Cristina recently completed a project which enabled a client’s ability to facilitate Corporate Sustainability Reporting through the GRI standard using CAPACCIO’s EHS DashboardTM product as its vehicle. This solution is just one of the projects Cristina and the CAPACCIO team can customize to meet our client’s needs and objectives.

A rising star at CAPACCIO, Cristina began as an Intern back in 2013 while she completed her senior year at Clark University and pursued her Masters in Business Administration. In 2015, in a full-time role as an Environmental Scientist, Cristina became an effective contributor to a variety of projects, and her strong background in sustainability quickly became an asset to the growing interest and level of projects in the area of corporate sustainability. In 2016, when Cristina was promoted ES-2 Level, she became a Project Manager as well as Technical Lead for CAPACCIO’s Sustainability and Management Systems service areas. Her new role will combine her collective expertise to identify, craft, and deliver high value solution designs which align with our clients’ core business drivers and boost the individual as well as the organization’s overall objectives and performance.

Other professional successes include being active on the Leadership Committee of the Environmental Business Council’s (EBC’s) Young Environmental Professionals Committee and serving as an active contributor and leader for Associated Industries of Massachusetts’s (AIM’s) Sustainability roundtable seminars for several years. Most recently, Cristina also received EBC’s Ascending Leader Award.

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.  To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.