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  Since the traditional September 1st deadline is no longer in effect, there is no real cause for alarm, but it is important to know that the invoice will be sent to the location of whomever paid the last compliance fee to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.

Gray is the New Green Blog Series #2: The Caped Crusader Returns! Reply

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Lucy Servidio donning the Super TURP Cape in 2012

It was six years ago that I was in Australia speaking to the Western Australian Cancer Council about the benefits of Toxics Use Reduction planning. CAPACCIO was asked to be the keynote speaker and present industry’s perspective and approach to TUR planning.  I remember feeling I had to share examples of both practical and amazing success stories so that those attending the conference would be motivated to “take-off” on their own TUR journeys and reap the benefits that we have seen from working on TUR Plans with our clients. How would I capture their attention…what would make them believe me…that’s where the “Cape” comes in…I came up with the “SUPER TURP cape” to have a schtick for my presentation… the truth is the folks who organized the conference said when they first saw me in the cape they thought “Who is this wacko we flew in from America”?  See, I got their attention! All in all, I was well received and helped spread the TUR Planning seed to the lower hemisphere.

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CAPACCIO’s visit with the South Korean delegation on April 13

So CAPACCIO was thrilled when we were approached by the South Korean Ministry of Environment recently to meet with a delegation of 22 representatives from the ministry and corporations including Samsung, LG Chem, and Hyundai to discuss our experiences in developing TUR plans for our clients. South Korea will be enacting a TURA-like regulation which will become effective in 2019. They have decided to implement this regulation to reduce the amount of chemical accidents and to improve worker safety and health. They chose to visit us because CAPACCIO has six TUR Planners, more planners per square inch than any other firm in Massachusetts!

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Bongwoo Shin and Lucy Servidio

When the delegation arrived, our panel of TUR Planners was ready for their questions. It was so cool to be speaking to businesses from across the globe and realize how much we have in common and how much we can learn from each other. We made a real connection…for example, CAPACCIO’s mission is “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper.” LG Chem, one of the delegates’, mission is “Balance between Business and Safety, Health and Environment,” which of course is very similar.  We sealed the new friendship when the Director of the Chemical Safety Management Team, from the Ministry of Environment, Bongwoo Shin, asked if he could don the official “Super TURP cape”. Others tried it on too. Who knows maybe a purple cape will lead to CAPACCIO helping with TUR Plans in South Korea! As I have said                                                                 before, “It’s hard to say no to a SUPER HERO!

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.

 

Capaccio educates delegation from South Korea on Toxics Use Reduction planning Reply

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The South Korean delegation and Capaccio TURP planners celebrate a successful meeting with a banner designed by the delegation

Marlborough, MA – Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. was delighted to host a delegation of business and environmental leaders from Seoul, Korea at our offices in Marlborough last Friday. The stop at Capaccio was part of the groups’ tour of the United States and Canada to learn about best practices for chemical safety and the reduction of toxic substances. Toxics Use Reduction has become a focus for this group as South Korea will be enacting similar regulations to the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction regulations.

Capaccio was chosen by the Ministry of Environment Korea to sit down with the group due to our expertise with the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) regulations and for our long history of developing Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) plans for a variety of clients in a variety industries. We also employ the largest staff of certified TUR Planners at one company in the state.

start-of-meeting.jpgDuring the meeting, Capaccio’s TUR Planners shared their expertise, best practices, industry examples, and techniques with the South Korean participants through their translator. The exchange between Capaccio and the delegates was very rewarding for both sides, and culminated with a picture outside with a banner designed by the Korean delegates.

lucy and capeThe group enjoyed wearing Senior Vice President, Lucy Servidio’s, Super TURP cape, which she had made when asked to present industry’s perspective on practical solutions to reducing toxics in the work place at a forum sponsored by the Cancer Council of Australia in Melbourne,  Australia in 2012.

Capaccio’s TUR Planners assist a variety of companies and industries with researching and identifying TUR options applicable to their operations, and evaluating technical, economic, social, and regulatory feasibility of options which will reduce the use of hazardous substances. We can also perform a check-up on how previously selected TURA options are working, and which ones may need a reexamination to help you reach TUR goals. Capaccio has a solution to help you manage your data (be it for reporting or to managing other EHS data).  Email Alexis Dallaportas or call her at (508) 826-1789 to learn more about TUR options, or how Capaccio’s EHS DashboardTM can help you manage your data for future reporting.

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.

How are you doing with your TURA goals? Is it time for a check-up? Reply

 

Each company subject to the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) is required to prepare a Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) Plan every other year. As the most recent TURA Plans were prepared for July 1, 2016, and your next evaluation efforts and updates are due July 1, 2018, we are now just past the mid-point of the planning cycle. That means that this is a great time to perform a check-up on the targets and objectives you planned for, and to see how are you doing with the TURA options your company intended to implement!

This is also a good time to take a look at the chemicals the TURA Administrative Council has designated as Higher Hazard Substances (HHSs) since the last planning year. Effective January 2016, n-Propyl Bromide, Hydrogen Fluoride, Cyanide Compounds and Dimethylformamide have been designated as Higher Hazard Substances. Under this designation, Massachusetts facilities with 10 or more full time employee equivalents that manufactured, processed or otherwise used 1,000 pounds or more of these chemicals per year, were required to report on their use in 2017, and are required to conduct toxics use reduction planning for them in 2018.

Capaccio can help! We have several experienced Toxic Use Reduction Planners that can help you evaluate what options are available to you that will reduce the use of these new HHSs, as well as to perform a check-up on how your previously selected TURA options are working, and what ones may need a reexamination to help you reach your TUR goals. If you have any questions about these programs and updates, please contact Alexis Dallaportas at 508-970-0033 x142 or 508-380-6716.