Always great to receive client feedback on our #compliancetraining. Especially when they are as positive as these! Thanks to our wonderful #ECATTS clients in our government division for these comments: Read more
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An announcement was made today that the EPA released an updated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory. The TSCA requires EPA to keep a current list of each chemical substance manufactured or processed for use in the United States, including imports. This list, called the “TSCA Inventory,” is important in the regulation of most industrial chemicals here in the U.S.
Are you aware of the chemicals in the products you use? Products found on the jobsite or at home? Products used in your everyday life? Some chemicals pose risks to our health and the environment. Knowing how to handle, store and transport chemicals before you use them can keep you free from dangers, as well as violations. Stay educated. Check out all of our environmental safety courses now and learn how to manage these substances properly.
“EPA Releases First Major Update to Chemicals List in 40 Years
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory listing the chemicals that are actively being manufactured, processed and imported in the United States.
A key result of the update is that less than half of the total number of chemicals on the current TSCA Inventory (47 percent or 40,655 of the 86,228 chemicals) are currently in commerce. As the result of a tremendous effort on behalf of thousands of stakeholders and manufacturers from across the country, this information will help EPA focus risk evaluation efforts on chemicals that are still on the market.
“It’s important for us to know which chemicals are actually in use today. This will help us with our work prioritizing chemicals, evaluating and addressing risks. This information also increases transparency to the public,” said Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn.
As recently as 2018, the TSCA Inventory showed over 86,000 chemicals available for commercial production and use in the U.S. Until this update, it was not known which of these chemicals on the TSCA Inventory were actually in commerce. Under amended TSCA – The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21 Century Act – EPA was required to update the list and designate which chemicals are active or inactive in U.S. commerce.
More than 80 percent (32,898) of the chemicals in commerce have identities that are not Confidential Business Information (CBI), increasing public access to additional information about them. For the less than 20 percent of the chemicals in commerce that have confidential identities, EPA is developing a rule outlining how the Agency will review and substantiate all CBI claims seeking to protect the specific chemical identities of substances on the confidential portion of the TSCA Inventory.
From August 11, 2017 through October 5, 2018, chemical manufacturers and processors provided information on which chemicals were manufactured, imported or processed in the U.S. over the past ten years, the period ending June 21, 2016. The agency received more than 90,000 responses, which represents a significant reporting effort by manufacturers, importers and processors.
To download the public version of the initial TSCA Inventory, get more information about the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements rule, or requirements to notify EPA going forward: http://www.epa.gov/tsca-inventory”
Did you know that implementing an Environmental Management System into your business not only helps reduce your impact on the environment while improving operating efficiency, but also introduces many great benefits?
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Better Manage Environmental Responsibilities
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Environmental Management System (EMS) Awareness
This training includes Audio Narration and covers the following topics:
What an Environmental Management System (EMS) is
Who is primarily concerned with an EMS
The ISO 14000 group of standards and the areas they cover
Better yet, check out our 5 Course EMS Pack and SAVE 10% by bundling your training! With this convenient multi-course training, you’ll not only get an introductory into EMS, but also Auditor specifics such as:
What an internal EMS audit entails
How to determine if an EMS meets the goals of ISO 14001
Developing an EMS assessment
Developing audit procedures
Auditing method do’s and don’ts
How to begin the EMS audit
What steps to include when collecting data
Why data analysis is important
How to categorize findings and nonconformance issues
What information to include in the audit report
What steps should be taken to close findings (corrective/preventative actions)
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With 2019 now underway, we can reflect on our past year’s workplace performance and plan ahead for our future needs. “To any business, human capital is its greatest asset and the biggest key to achieving business goals. How can you better prepare your teams to perform in a highly competitive environment? Through training.
Learning and technology walk hand in hand. As high-tech innovations accelerate, so does the opportunity to create better corporate training programs and delivery methods.” Everyone from Managers to field employees need training to support professional development, individual skill growth and to ultimately meet overall business objectives.
According to Forbes, “[m]ore than ever, training is effectively providing skills that match the way we learn in a high-tech world.” Here are their top learning and development trends to pay attention to in 2019.
Seven Learning And Development Trends To Adopt In 2019
“1. C-suite and HR work together better to align goals.
The biggest mistake I see that keeps an organization’s learning and development efforts from reaching their full potential is a lack of planning and commitment from the C-suite. Leaders who don’t plan exactly what they want their training to accomplish are wasting resources. In a learning culture, management and HR work together to define the values, processes and practices that employees, departments and the organization can use to increase their performance and competencies. The knowledge and skills acquired and applied by employees is shared freely in a learning culture, creating a sustainable and adaptable organization.
2. Develop competencies for future organizational goals.
To maintain the continued health of your company, management must target employees who can take over future leadership roles. For current employees, immediately begin training on leadership development, communication and problem-solving skills. If they aren’t already, HR can target job candidates with leadership potential in all their talent acquisition efforts. Management can help develop future leaders and managers as soon as new employees enter the door by providing mentors and helping them build professional networks. Improving your leadership development program helps you build teams that are agile and capable of evolving with the times.
3. Emphasize communication skills.
As organizations become more diverse and broaden their reach, company leaders see the value in developing their employees’ soft skills, such as emotional intelligence, collaboration and negotiation. In fact, more than 90% of respondents to a 2016 Deloitte survey rated soft skills a “critical priority.” They also indicated that soft skills can foster employee retention, improve leadership and build a meaningful culture.
However, there is widespread concern among recruiters that the soft skills gap is widening with the technologically savvy but soft-skill-poor Gen Z employees entering the workforce. Learning and development personnel can overcome this challenge by offering soft skills training to employees and encouraging them to refine their social skills. An introduction to soft skills training may include holding brainstorm sessions where employees list the possible uses for various soft skills or helping them role play to discover different situational outcomes.
4. Increase the gamification of training.
There is a misunderstanding about gamification and training programs in the real world. Unwitting business owners will scoff at the notion of gamification because they believe it means turning their training programs into video games. Understandably, they feel that their critical and potentially life-saving OSHA-compliance training should not be equivalent to Donkey Kong. What they don’t realize is that gamification is simply a process of building a progressive reward system into training that imitates modern video games.
Badges, points, leaderboards and community involvement incentivize the online training experience for even the most jaded learner. Learners who lack the passion and drive to participate can use these tools as a springboard until their core motivation kicks in.
5. View training as an employee benefit and bait for talent acquisition.
Training can be a key differentiator between companies competing for talent. Employees want to work for organizations that provide personal and professional development, and they consider it a deciding factor when looking for new employment or determining if they should stay with their current employer. Learning and development plays a critical role in engaging — and retaining — employees. Leverage your training as an employee incentive, and add it to your existing benefits package alongside retirement and health and wellness options.
6. Weigh learner-centric against content-oriented training.
Training in the past that focused solely on content was “one size fits all,” which made it difficult to engage with the learner. Today, we must zero in on the learner, including his or her experience, work environment, performance and technological fluency, to create a training program. Any effective training program is one developed for the individual and offers social activities to share their experiences.
As you train, think of your employees as consumers. They are used to getting 500,000 results per search on Google, YouTube automatically playing related videos based on what they’ve just watched, and Netflix suggesting content matches based on viewing pattern algorithms. For the learning consumer, training clips on your YouTube channel, a classroom training session, a MOOC (massive online open course) or a post shared on Facebook Workplace are elements that can be turned into learning content.
7. Digital and mobile content and delivery are more critical than ever.
According to a 2018 study by LinkedIn, the biggest challenge for talent development is getting employees to make time for learning. Employees would agree that they don’t have the time to take away from their primary jobs to get the training. Delivering your training on multiple platforms, such as classroom, mobile and on-demand, can help eliminate the time crunch for busy employees.
These seven learning and development trends provide a good indication of where the training industry is heading. It is about personalization, ongoing support and making the most of today’s cutting-edge technologies. It also gives your employees the incentives and social interactions they need to actively engage.”
Is training a priority for you in 2019? Your company may depend on it. Remember, our cloud-based training offers environmental and safety courses at your convenience, available 24/7 wherever you go – even on your mobile devices. Keep track of your completed courses, performance and earn points and badges for your successful accomplishments. Voice over narration, instructional videos and knowledge checks are all available to ensure you are understanding the material provided. Maintaining your compliance has never been easier. View our training catalog now to get started.
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Big kudos go out to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, a loyal client of our ECATTS’ government division since 2007!
November 30th’s intense 7.0-magnitude earthquake north of Anchorage left buildings and roads in a devastating shamble. In a matter of days, Alaska DOT had made managed to make major road repairs leaving people in awe of their quick response and recovery.
Before and after photos show the damage and repair to an off-ramp connecting International Airport Road and Minnesota Drive in Anchorage. This work was completed in less than four days and reopened for use.
The DOT’s work is not complete though. The majority of work will continue and be redone in the summer to ensure long-term sustainability says a Department spokesperson.
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Connecticut UST Class A/B Certification Program training has recently been added to our online course catalog.
This course has been reviewed and approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) and successful completion of this training will award UST Class A/B operator certification in the state of Connecticut.
This 9 module program covers important Underground Storage Tank information such as:
UST Operator Training Requirements
Facility and training record requirements
Underground Storage Tanks
What tanks qualify as USTs
Common construction materials
Product compatibility and requirements
Spill and Overfill Prevention
Correct filling practices
Spill prevention equipment and requirements
Overfill protection devices
Automatic tank gauging (ATG) systems and regulatory requirements
ATG monthly leak tests
Inventory control and common problems
Groundwater monitoring requirements
Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR) and SIR reporting
Release detection requirements
Corrosion protection requirements
Cathodic protection, testing and recordkeeping
UST Financial Requirements
Demonstrating financial responsibility
UST financial responsibility categories
Required dollar amount of financial responsibility
Required scope of coverage
General recordkeeping/reporting requirements
When coverage is no longer necessary
Temporary and Permanent Tank Closure
Closing a tank temporarily and permanently
UST release response
Identifying and responding to suspected releases
Short and long-term actions
Spill containment materials
Steps to follow when responding to a petroleum spill
Spills reaching water
Recordkeeping and Reporting
Importance of recordkeeping
Plus much more.
Reduce your risk of noncompliance.
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Major case sentencing is in for Explo Systems executives. Interesting read about the dangers of noncompliance and what it can do to you, your business and the environment:
EPA and Law Enforcement Partners Announce Sentencing in Louisiana Explosive Waste Disposal Case
“DALLAS – (Nov. 30, 2018) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined law enforcement partners from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana, the Department of Defense, the U. S. Army, the Department of Transportation, the FBI, and the Louisiana State Police in announcing the sentencing of five defendants for their role in a case involving Explo Systems, Inc., a private company involved in the demilitarization of military munitions. Explo Systems’ mismanagement of military munitions resulted in a large detonation at a storage facility in Camp Minden, Louisiana, on October 15, 2012. The explosion damaged buildings in a four-mile radius, derailed 11 rail cars, and was felt up to thirty-five miles away. In addition, an investigation revealed that Explo Systems had illegally disposed of hazardous waste resulting in over $38 million dollars of cleanup costs to tax payers.
“Through their reckless mismanagement of waste explosives, the defendants put the safety of an entire town at risk,” said EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Assistant Administrator Susan Bodine. “Today’s sentencing should send a clear message that EPA and our law enforcement partners will hold corporate officials responsible for violating laws designed to protect our communities and the environment.”
Explo Systems, Inc. is an explosives demilitarization and recycling company, which operated several facilities at Camp Minden, Louisiana, leased from the Louisiana Military Department (LMD). The U.S. Army awarded Explo Systems a contract on March 24, 2010 to dispose of 450,000 155mm artillery propelling charges designated as M119A2 for $2,902,500. The Army and Explo Systems officials later amended the contract on March 6, 2012 to dispose of 1,350,000 M6 propellant charges for $8,617,500. The contract required Explo Systems to properly store and dispose of the demilitarized propellant, which is a solid, granular, explosive material. The contract also required Explo Systems to document the sale of the demilitarized propellant by completing an End User Certificate (EUC). On the EUC, the purchaser of the demilitarized propellant certified the purchase and compliance with applicable federal laws, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
The defendants, all employed by Explo Systems, conspired from January 2010 to November 2012 to defraud the United States by submitting false EUCs to the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Center (JMC). Instead of selling the explosive material as indicated by the false EUCs, the hazardous waste was disposed of in unpermitted facilities, including public landfills, and improperly stored, which resulted in a large explosion and the evacuation of the Town of Doyline. Explo Systems illegally disposed of approximately forty-seven truckloads of reactive hazardous waste containing explosives to public landfills across Louisiana and Arkansas. Not only did officials at Explo Systems defraud the government about the disposal of the explosive material but they also moved and improperly stored propellant to hide the improper storage from government officials. Lower-level employees were instructed to hide and conceal improperly stored demilitarized propellant and reactive hazardous waste from government officials during inspections. The total costs paid by the taxpayers to ensure the proper destruction and remediation of the propellant and hazardous waste which EXPLO illegally stored on site exceeded $38 million.
For their role in a criminal conspiracy that led to the October 2012 explosion at Camp Minden, United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote presided over hearings and sentenced these five Explo Systems defendants: Co-owner David Alan Smith of Winchester, Kentucky; Vice President of Operations William Terry Wright of Bossier City, Louisiana; Director of Support Technology Charles Ferris Callihan, of Shreveport, Louisiana; Demilitarization Program Manager Kenneth Wayne Lampkin of Haughton, Louisiana; and Traffic and Inventory Control Manager Lionel Wayne Koons of Haughton, Louisiana.
Through the diligent work of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and their state and federal law enforcement partners, including the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command – Major Procurement Fraud Unit (USACID-MPFU), the U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality – Criminal Investigations Section, and Troopers from the Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Unit, the defendants were held accountable for their actions which endangered communities, defrauded tax payers, and resulted in multi-million dollar hazardous waste cleanup sites across Louisiana and Arkansas.
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