September is National Preparedness Month Reply

In August 2011, Hurricane Irene caused widespread power outages and flooding in New England.  Thousands of homes and businesses were without power.  Some areas were without power for several days following the storm. This summer, millions of businesses were affected by Hurricane Isaac. Business interruptions like these can cause companies to lose productivity and profits. Having a Business Continuity Plan in place can help.

A Business Continuity Plan is used to detail how a business will continue if a disaster or emergency occurs. The plan can help provide quick recovery from business interruptions. 

One of the first steps that businesses can take to ensure that they are prepared for an emergency is to update existing emergency plans. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that companies have a written emergency action plan and fire prevention plan.  Since September is National Preparedness Month, this is a good  time to review these plans.

Is your emergency contact list up-to-date?  Take the time to ensure that there is a list of every employee that includes their office, home, and cell phone numbers. Employers should develop a procedure for communicating with employees in the event of a disaster. Also, include critical supplier and customer contact information in your plan.

Organizations can visit http://readyrating.org/  and complete an online self-assessment of their preparedness. There is also free information and tools available to help with your preparedness at http://www.ready.gov/business

For more information on emergency preparedness, contact Colleen Walsh at 508.970.0033 ext. 129 or cwalsh@capaccio.com.

CAPACCIO’s Linda Swift to present 527 CMR 33 at CMBEN Reply

Linda Swift, CAPACCIO’s Manager of the EH&S Compliance and Systems Group, will present New Hazardous Materials Processing Regulations and Preventive Emergency Planning  at the upcoming Central Massachusetts Business Environmental Network (CMBEN) meeting on September 11  from 9-11 a.m. The meeting is in partnership with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and will be held at WRCC, 446 Main Street, Suite 200. There is no cost for this meeting, however space is limited, so please register soon. To register, e-mail Mary Hubbard of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce at mhubbard@worcesterchamber.org, or call her at (508) 753-2924.

Ms. Swift’s presentation will delve into the wide scope of the new Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS) Hazardous Material Processing regulation (527 CMR 33), which involves compliance to requirements of a number of agencies. Ms. Swift will talk about the applicability of and compliance to 527 CMR 33, and include the scope of the regulation, exemptions, determining applicability to the regulation, how to achieve compliance with the regulation, and other requirements that may be applicable.

Rick Reibstein of the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance will discuss the requirements in the context of emergency planning generally and how an efficient response will include an examination of options for accident and pollution prevention, as well as combining related compliance and performance efforts.

For more information on the new regulation and how it may pertain to your facility, please contact Linda Swift at 508-970-0033 x119 or lswift@capaccio.com.

 

Breaking News about Conflict Minerals! 1

 On Wednesday, August 22, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted in favor of a rule for conflict mineral disclosure. Based on this vote, US-based manufacturing companies will  be required to publicly disclose the  use of conflict minerals (including tantalum, tin, gold, or tungsten) that have originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or  nearby areas. 

 Reporting to the SEC will be required on a new form (i.e., Form SD), if a company uses conflict minerals “necessary to the functionality or production of a product.” Companies will have until May 31, 2014 to make their first disclosures for the calendar year of 2013.

 This is two years in the making, as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was first signed into federal law in July of 2010. Continue to follow our blog for more information regarding conflict minerals and their now required disclosure.

View the SEC press release here: http://sec.gov/news/press/2012/2012-163.htm

Federal NPDES Stormwater Annual Site Inspections Due September 29 Reply

Have you conducted your Stormwater Annual Site Inspection?  Companies with coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity must conduct an Annual Comprehensive Site Inspection by September 29, 2012.  The period for the inspection is September 29, 2011- September 29, 2012.  The annual comprehensive site inspection includes an inspection of the areas where industrial activity may be exposed to stormwater, and a review of corrective actions taken during the reporting period.  The Annual Reporting Form (Appendix I of the MSGP) must be mailed to the EPA within 45 days after completion of the inspection.

Companies covered under the 2008 MSGP must continue quarterly visual assessments, routine facility inspections, and required effluent or benchmark monitoring.  Results for quarterly benchmark monitoring must be submitted to the EPA within 30 days of receiving the results from the laboratory.

“No Exposure” Certifications obtained under NPDES regulations for stormwater permitting in 2007 are valid for five years and will expire in 2012. Companies should reassess whether the “No Exposure” conditions still apply and renew if applicable. Companies that have never filed a “No Exposure” Certification should consider whether their facility can meet the conditions of the certification, therefore precluding the need for coverage under the MSGP.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Lucy Servidio at (508) 970-0033 extension 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.