Final Draft ISO 45001 Approved! Reply

The final draft international standard (FDIS) of ISO 45001 (the International Organization for Standardization Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard) – a standard to level the global playing field for occupational health and safety – has been overwhelmingly approved and is anticipated to be published as a final ISO standard by the end of March 2018.

After ISO 45001 is published as a final standard, the OHSAS 18001 standard (the current occupational health and safety standard published by the British Standards Institution (BSI)) will be withdrawn by BSI and companies will no longer be able to register to OHSAS 18001. Companies currently registered to OHSAS 18001 will have three years from the date of the publication of ISO 45001 to transition to the new ISO Occupational Health and Safety Standard.

ISO 45001 was drafted in the same format (Annex SL) as ISO 14001:2015 (ISO’s Environmental Management Standard), and many of the requirements are similar. The Annex SL structure facilitates integration of environmental and occupational health & safety management systems.  Be on the lookout for the final standard and get ready for transitioning to ISO 45001!  Start Planning your transition as soon as possible.

If you have questions or need help transitioning or developing a health and safety management system to ISO 45001, please contact Linda Swift at 978-621-6433 or lswift@capaccio.com.

MassDEP Proposes to Add a New Chemical Category to the TURA List Reply

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) Program requires that companies review use of certain chemicals and chemical categories listed on the TURA Toxic or Hazardous Substances List (TURA List) on an annual basis and determine if reporting of that chemical is required.  More information regarding the TURA Program is available here:https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-toxics-use-reduction-program

From time to time the TURA Administrative Council may vote to add or delete certain chemicals or chemical categories to/from the TURA List.  Currently, the TURA program is proposing to add a new chemical category to the TURA List. The category is referred to as C1-C4 Halogenated Hydrocarbons/Halocarbons Not Otherwise Listed (C1-C4 NOL).

C1-C4 NOL is defined as chemicals with 4 or fewer carbons, at least one halogen (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and iodine), and only hydrogen as the other constituent, that are not already individually listed on the TURA chemical list. This will include fully halogenated chemicals that contain no hydrogen. The proposed listing will tentatively be voted on by the TURA Administrative Council (February 2018).  The Policy Analysis and proposed list of chemicals to be included in the C1-C4 NOL category can be accessed here – https://www.mass.gov/event/october-16-2017-meeting-of-the-administrative-council-on-toxics-use-reduction-2017-10, and the meeting dates of the TURA Administrative Council are posted here under the “Upcoming Events” section:  https://www.mass.gov/orgs/administrative-council-on-toxics-use-reduction.

The proposed category includes a number of refrigerants commonly used in industry. The TURA list currently includes a number of individually listed refrigerants, such as R-22 (Chlorodifluoromethane) and R-123 (1,1-Dichloro-2,2,2-trifluoroethane), that are already reportable and would not be included in the proposed category.

Commonly used refrigerants that would be reportable in the proposed category include 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane (R-134a),  R-143a (1,1,1 – Triflouroethane), R-125 (Pentafluoroethane), and R-152a (1,1- Difluoroethane).

If a facility uses one or more chemicals in the C1-C4 NOL category in a refrigeration system, the amount used initially to charge or to recharge the system would be counted towards the 10,000 pound use determination threshold. Any annual additions to a refrigeration system would also count toward a 10,000 pound use determination threshold.  It is unlikely that chemical use will be consistently above the reporting threshold from year to year. Most facilities with a good operations and maintenance program for their refrigeration system will not exceed the annual reporting threshold.

With the addition of the C1-C4 NOL category, businesses subject to TURA that otherwise use 10,000 lbs/year of chemicals in this category, would be required to report that use to MassDEP TURA Program. The reporting threshold for companies that may incorporate any of the new chemicals into products or actually manufacture these chemicals would be 25,000 pounds per year.

Please note: the proposed addition of this chemical category is not final at this time.  The TURA Administrative Council will need to vote to approve this new chemical category before it is added to the TURA List.  If it is added to the TURA List this Spring, chemicals in this category will be reportable for 2019 (i.e., with reports due July 1 in 2020).

If you have any questions regarding this chemical category or the TURA Program, please contact Linda Swift at 978-621-6433 or lswift@capaccio.com.

Message from our CEO, Lisa Wilk – Organizational Announcement Reply

Hello to all our clients, vendors, and partners!

I want to share some very exciting company news about Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. and our continued commitment to offering you the highest level of service!

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Lori Harrington, President and COO

I am thrilled to announce the promotion of Lori Harrington to President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the firm.   Lori has been with us since 1999, and most recently served as Vice President of Operations where she has been successfully establishing operational processes and systems to deliver innovative solutions to our clients.  In her new role as President & COO, Lori will be leading the company in the execution of our vision to integrate strategy, technology, programs and systems to provide leading-edge Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) services for our clients together with the support of our vendors and partners.

I will continue in my role as Chief Executive Officer and will remain very active in the business.  CAPACCIO remains committed to providing you with high quality EH&S consulting and engineering services.  Our unique approach ensures that we develop and implement solutions that align with the overall vision of your organization.  By combining cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, along with our extensive EH&S expertise, we are able to facilitate and refine near and long-term strategic approaches that help your business to thrive while simultaneously allowing it to achieve top-level EH&S performance.

Our mission remains “helping industry and the environment prosper.”  I am excited about the ongoing evolution of our company and its solutions for you – and we’ll be providing more details in future announcements!  Along with our energetic and talented team of engineers, scientists, and strategists and the enhancements to our leadership team, we look forward to continuing to help you make substantial positive impacts on your EH&S programs while enhancing the overall success of your organization.

Lori looks forward to meeting those she has not already met, and will be touching base with those she has worked with previously.   We also welcome you to stop by our beautiful new office space at 290 Donald Lynch Boulevard in Marlborough if you are in the area (near Solomon Pond Mall).

Thank you for your continued partnership with us! We are excited for our future and value your business. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Happy New Year!

Lisa Wilk
Chief Executive Officer
Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.

Changes to the Hazardous Waste Biennial Report Reply

Large Quantity Generators are required to report hazardous waste (HW) activity by March 1st of each even numbered year (every two years) for the preceding calendar year.  Reports are to be sent to the facility’s state authority (in Massachusetts, MassDEP).

Previously, there was an independent software used to prepare these reports. This year (reports to be submitted in March 2018) HW Biennial Reports have to be prepared and submitted using the EPA RCRAInfo Industry Application (RIA) software.

Here’s what’s new:

    • The Biennial Reporting software is a part of the EPA RCRAInfo Industry Application (RIA) which is also a part of the EPA CDX system – so everyone who prepares and submits a HW biennial report needs a CDX account and to register in the RIA system.
    • MassDEP noted to be sure you understand that there are a number of roles for RIA and whoever signs up as the Site Management Role will have control not only of the HW Biennial Report roles and content but also any roles related to the eManifest (expected this summer), and Generator Notification form (expected in the near future), etc.  (Basically anyone with a waste role on CDX related to the client’s facility). So CAPACCIO is advising clients to be careful who they assign to that role.  Once roles are assigned, you need to make sure that those people have CDX accounts.  If they don’t have accounts, one of the first things you need to do is set a up CDX account and then register on RCRAInfo. 
Having trouble submitting your Hazardous Waste Biennial Report?
  • That’s because EPA has not loaded the SI form template (form with your site information) into the RCRAInfo Biennial Report site and you cannot submit the report without completing an SI form.  The form will likely be available in mid-January.
If you have questions regarding the Hazardous Waste Biennial report, contact Linda Swift at lswift@capaccio.com or Alexis Dallaportas at adallaportas@capaccio.com.