On December 1, 2013, a lot of safety officers breathed a small sigh of relief as they filed away their sign-in sheets and other forms of “proof” that everyone had been updated on the changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication (Hazcom) Standard. One step completed…now it’s on to looking for updates for all of those safety data sheets!
If you weren’t among them, there’s some catching up to do! In March of 2012, OSHA incorporated the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) into the Hazcom Standard. Although much of the standard stayed the same, there were some notable changes, and OSHA set a December 1, 2013 deadline for employers to teach their employees about those changes.
While the EPA was considering the solvent-contaminated wipe regulation, one of their concerns was allowing flexibility while minimizing the health and environmental impacts that these wipes presented. The final rule reflects their belief that both can be accomplished and that proper management begins well before the wipes hit the dock for laundering or disposal.
To be eligible for the exemption, both reusable and disposable solvent-contaminated wipes must be managed properly during their lifecycle. That means that while they are onsite at facilities, during transportation, and when they are laundered, dry cleaned, incinerated or land disposed, wipes must be handled according to the standards outlined in the regulation.
Earlier, Karen wrote a post about the EPA passing the Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Management Rule. It gave a great overview of the new rule. But we wanted to give you more information, especially about the details of the rule. Today we’re exploring what a “solvent-contaminated wipe” is in more depth.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made it easier for facilities to manage spent wipes that are contaminated with certain solvents. As of January 31, 2014, these wipes may be exempted from either solid or hazardous waste regulations when they are properly managed.
Solvent-Contaminated Wipes, Defined
Water in fuel tanks. It’s a common problem that we hear about a lot at New Pig. Why is this an issue? Well, for a couple of reasons. Water can freeze in the lines, damaging them or making your fuel kind of gel-like. Even in warmer climates, unwanted water in fuel can cause rust or unwanted growth of organisms.
Water is heavier than fuel, which means it will accumulate at the bottom of your tank – so how do you get rid of it? There’s only one product that we in tech suggest for this application – one developed specifically to sink to the bottom of your tank and suck up all that water – the PIG Water Hog.