VW Emissions Settlement Funding Plan focusing on Clean Transportation and GHG Reduction released Reply

Massachusetts area businesses could potentially benefit from new grant money available for funding alternative transportation including electric vehicle charging stations, which is now available as a result of a recent settlement with Volkswagen (VW).

On December 7, the MASSDEP announced, along with the Attorney General’s Office and Baker-Polito Administration, the Commonwealth’s final plan on how it will use the first portion of the $75 million secured for Massachusetts from the national case settlement against Volkswagen (VW) for unlawfully installing defeat devices in certain model-year cars. The release includes an announcement regarding the $23.5 million in grants which have become available and the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) which outlines how the funds will be used during the first phase of the 15-year timeline. The BMP was created after MassDEP held several public meetings and a comment period to ensure the plan includes smart investments in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive innovative technologies and expand the clean transportation system.

Climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector have been priorities for the Baker-Polito Administration as well as the MassDEP, the Attorney General and countless others who are concerned with the adverse effects of climate change on citizens and their environment. This news is very encouraging to businesses who share these concerns and report to MassDEP on alternative transportation under certain air regulations such as MassDEP’s Rideshare Program. The grants can be used to curb the cost to businesses looking to drive these initiatives.

CAPACCIO is a leader in EH&S and sustainability and can assist with the grant applications for electric vehicle charging stations, and in developing and implementing alternative transportation programs, transportation surveys and reporting to meet MassDEP requirements.

For more information, please contact Travis Wheeler at twheeler@capaccio.com or 774-249-3246.

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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 innovative tools, 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 http://www.capaccio.com.

Where Is My TURA Compliance Fee Invoice? Reply

Our clients have been asking, so we wanted you to know that invoices for annual TURA compliance fees have not been sent out yet.  Since the traditional September 1st deadline is no longer in effect, there is no real cause for alarm, but it is important to know that the invoice will be sent to the location of whomever paid the last compliance fee to MassDEP – not necessarily the person who signed and submitted the last the report. So, if you have not received your TURA compliance fee invoice, you may want to check with the person who last paid the compliance fee in 2017 for Reporting Year (RY) 2016. Keep in mind, the facility must pay within 30 days of the date on the invoice. Late payments will be subject to a $1,000 fine.

For more information contact Linda Swift, CHMM, TURP, Exemplar Global Provisional Auditor,at 978-621-6433 or lswift@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.

 

OSHA Electronic Injury/Illness Reporting Next submittal deadline is approaching, July 1, 2018 Reply

OSHA’s electronic injury and illness reporting requirements went into effect last year on December 15. This year the following categories of companies must submit their OSHA Form 300A electronically by July 1, 2018:

  • Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records
  • Establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses 

For the 2018 submissions OSHA will NOT be accepting form 300 or 301 this year as they had originally communicated. They have indicated they will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the final rule including what will be required for submission.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Nick Grote, CSP, at 508.422.0905 or ngrote@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.