EPA Issues Clarification on Asbestos Sampling in Newer Buildings

There is a common misconception in the environmental industry that buildings built after 1980 are not required to be inspected for asbestos. However, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Natural Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), the age of the building does not affect whether an inspection needs to be done prior to renovation or demolition.


Community Right to Know - Due March 1, 2020

The information collected from the Community Right to Know (CRTK) Survey is used by the public (employees), emergency planners, and first responders to determine the chemical hazards in their workplace or the community.

Many companies believe they are exempt from reporting requirements and have not submitted a CRTK survey or an exemption form. Compliance is required if any hazardous substances meet or exceed the appropriate reporting threshold. Mixtures such as paint or aerosol spray cans, need to be reported depending on their contents. 
For more information, contact PHASE Associates at (973) 597-0750.

OSHA Form 300A - Due March 2, 2020

Establishments with 250 or more employees
 that are subject to OSHA's recordkeeping regulation must electronically submit to OSHA the information from the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A).

Establishments with 20-249 employees in  certain high-risk industries must electronically submit to OSHA some of the information from the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A).

Establishments with fewer than 20 employees at all times during the year do not have to routinely submit information electronically to OSHA.

The electronic reporting requirements are based on the size of the establishment, not the firm. The OSHA injury and illness records are maintained at the establishment level. An establishment is defined as a single physical location where business is conducted or where services or industrial operations are performed. A firm may be comprised of one or more establishments. To determine if you need to provide OSHA with the required data for an establishment, you need to determine the establishment's peak employment during the last calendar year. Each individual employed in the establishment at any time during the calendar year counts as one employee, including full-time, part-time, seasonal, and temporary workers.

OSHA will provide a secure website for the electronic submission of information. The website will include web forms for direct data entry and instructions for other means of submission (e.g. file uploads).

For more information, contact PHASE Associates at (973) 597-0750.

Personnel Announcement 

We are pleased to announce that Ken Bickerton CIH, CSP, Vice President of Industrial Hygiene, a member of the NJ State Industrial Safety Committee since 2012, has accepted the position of Standards & Regulatory Standing Subcommittee Chairperson.  This is in addition to being a member of the Safety Education and Professional Development, and Membership Subcommittees.
About PHASE Associates:
PHASE Associates offers a comprehensive range of environmental, health and safety  services within Industrial Hygiene & Safety, Indoor Air Quality, Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Training, Construction & General Safety  and Environmental Management/Hazardous Waste Operations. We customize a specific solution that is tailored specifically for you and your company.
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