The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided a final response to requests to simplify Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations for handling industrial wipes-those requests date all the way back to 1985 and nearly three decades of regulatory discussion!
The EPA's final rule conditionally exempts solvent-contaminated rags (also known as industrial wipes and shop towels) from being hazardous wastes. Many facilities use rags for cleaning equipment and the EPA estimates that this affects over 90,000 facilities.
To take advantage of the rule changes it's important to understand the specific details of the regulation. For example since this was a deregulatory action, states with RCRA implementation authority are not compelled to adopt the rule changes so EHS managers will need to determine if their respective states, where applicable, follow EPA's lead. Additionally, there are specific requirements for storing, labeling, removal of free liquids, waste characteristic determination, disposal requirements, and others that must be clearly understood in order to assure compliance with and benefit from the rule changes.
Join us for an in-depth webinar where our expert, a seasoned EPA expert who has been extensively involved with the rule changes, will provide you with a clear understanding of how to assure full compliance and achieve maximum benefit under the revised regulations.
You and your colleagues will learn:
- The regulatory negotiation process leading up to the final rule and the major rule changes that have been made
- Key rule compliance and effective dates
- Details on the major changes, including a discussion on:
- closed storage container requirements
- labeling requirements for storage
- transportation and disposal
- removal of free liquids
- accumulation requirements
- criteria for disposal and laundry cleaning
- which solvent contaminated wipes are and are NOT excluded
- recordkeeping, documentation, and information requirements
- Recommended strategies for achieving the maximum economic benefit from the rule changes
- Suggested approaches to assure full compliance with the regulations
- How to best review existing procedures and policies and make the necessary changes and updates
- Ways to make sure your revised program has all the necessary recordkeeping and documentation in place
- Approaches for identifying and evaluating resources to help you develop a fully compliant program
About your presenter:
Laura Casey is a dynamic consultant, presenter, leader and Certified Safety Professional with more than 17 successful years in the environmental, safety and health field. Ms. Casey has provided workshops and training courses both nationally and internationally is highly adept at identifying gaps and or risk exposures in operations as well as developing and implementing strong systems of checks and balances. She will share her expertise and insight regarding management of chemicals, wastes and MSDS' and how the regulations come into play for most industries.