Hazardous Materials and Toxic Substances
Hazardous materials are regulated under a number of federal, state and local environmental health and safety regulatory programs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extensive authority under several federal environmental statutory mandates to reduce the risk of exposure to humans and the environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has authority over the Hazard Communication Program which requires the safe handling of hazardous substances. The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulated any transport of hazardous materials and the packaging of hazardous materials for transport.
Our organization specializes in ensuring environmental compliance and can help outline the required environmental programs, permits, and training in an easy to understand way. Clients are then in control and have the opportunity to address any issues that they need to before a lawsuit or serious situation occurs. An environmental disaster or regulatory inspection can be devastating, but our organization can help you to prepare.
Environmental health and safety consulting is designed to bring new light to the ever-changing requirements and regulations that often confound business owners. A lack of awareness is common and can cause many problems throughout a business.
If a facility is to treat hazardous waste on-site, something called a Tiered Permit is required. A facility may be treating waste using any technique or process which changes the waste in some way, whether that is physical, chemical, or character composition. This might, for example, remove or reduce the harmful properties for the purpose of PH adjustment, reduction of metals, or something else, including:
- Oil/water separation
- Reduction in volume
Assembly Bill 1772 brought in a five-tiered program for authorizing the treatment/storage at a number of businesses that require state authorization to treat/store hazardous waste, but don’t need a hazardous waste facility permit.
- The RCRA equivalent “Full Permit”
- The “Standardized Permit”
- The “Permit by Rule”
- The “Conditional Authorization” tier
- The “Conditional Exemption” tier
We can help you to understand the above tiers in more detail so that it is clear to you how you are able to treat and store hazardous waste right from the get-go.