How State Colleges and Universities are getting ready to comply with OSHA Standards Reply

Effective February 1, 2019, state colleges and universities need to comply with OSHA Standards per House Bill 3952. With just seven months to go before it goes into effect (and we know how fast time goes by), have you started reviewing your programs to see where you stand? Do you have the staff needed to complete the necessary requirements to come into compliance?

With summer here and the students gone, now is a great time to start. Knowing how busy it can get once Fall and Winter hits, we have already begun helping other state colleges and universities with this process as illustrated below:

“CAPACCIO is an extension of our Facilities Department and has always been there to help us with EH&S tasks. Last year, CAPACCIO assisted with a LO/TO project that prepared us for an unexpected visit by the Department of Labor Standards. Currently, CAPACCIO is conducting an H&S audit and also completing JHAs for job processes conducted throughout WSU. This project will not only get us ready for the February 1st deadline, but it will also help us better understand the parts of the standard that apply to certain job descriptions on campus.”

 Robert Daniels, Jr., Associate Director of Facilities, Worcester State University

There are a variety of ways CAPACCIO can help. We can conduct a H&S audit/gap analysis, a review of your OSHA programs, H&S training, or simply provide an extra set of hands to update specific programs (JHA, LO/TO, PPE, HazCom) which may be a bit more time consuming.

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.

Did you know state colleges and universities need to comply with OSHA Standards by February 1, 2019? Reply

On March 9, 2018, House Bill 3952, An Act to Further Define Standards of Employee Safety that amends M.G.L. chapter 149 §6 ½, was enacted. The law updates and clarifies employee safety requirements in public sector workplaces among them, State Colleges and Universities. This law is being enforced by the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) and becomes effective February 1, 2019. You should have received a letter or email to this effect, but in the event you did not, please read the notice for more specifics.

Although this law does not replace OSHA, the new requirements will be the same as OSHA’s and it will be expected that programs and training will be updated as needed. As we are already in the month of June, that gives state colleges and universities a little more than seven months to comply. Do you know where your programs stand?

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 http://www.capaccio.com.

 

CAPACCIO promotes John Kelleher to Environmental Health and Safety Scientist II Reply

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John Kelleher

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. (CAPACCIO) is proud to announce the promotion of John Kelleher from Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Scientist I to EH&S Scientist II. Aligning with CAPACCIO’s mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper” and in delivering high value total solutions to our clients, John’s promotion to EH&S Scientist II will further advance his role in a variety of Health & Safety (H&S) and Industrial Hygiene projects he is involved with at CAPACCIO.

John started with CAPACCIO in June 2015 as a EH&S Intern following his graduation from Keene State College with his Bachelor’s Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science. In November 2015, he was hired as an EH&S Scientist I. Since then, he has shown great initiative in increasing his skills specific to H&S, On-site Services, and Industrial Hygiene.  He has also taken on the role of Project Manager for several projects and works on-site as an EH&S specialist for a host of CAPACCIO clients.

John works within CAPACCIO’S EH&S group which includes Nick Grote, CSP, and Katie Grasso, both of whom are Senior EH&S Scientists. They work individually and as a team on a variety of projects. One collective effort includes conducting job hazard analyses (JHAs) for a local state university. For the same client, they are also conducting a health and safety compliance audit to identify gaps against the applicable OSHA regulations. The project is helping the client to comply with a recent update in the Massachusetts Department of Labor standards which is requiring companies in the public sector to be in compliance with Federal OSHA regulations by February 1st, 2019.

As an individual or as part of the Capaccio Health and Safety Team, John provides value to our clients by providing solutions that take a holistic approach to EH&S compliance.

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.

 

 

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.