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Groups File Lawsuit Against DOT for Inadequate Action on Oil Train Risks

Sierra Club, ForestEthics, and Earthjustice have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Transportation (DOT) for failing to respond to a legal petition filed on July 15, 2014, calling for an emergency order prohibiting the use of hazardous rail cars—known as DOT-111s—for shipping flammable Bakken crude oil. The DOT was required by law to respond to this petition. The groups have received no response.

The National Transportation Safety Board has repeatedly found that the DOT-111 tank cars are prone to puncture on impact, spilling oil and often triggering destructive fires and explosions. The Safety Board has made official recommendations to stop shipping crude oil in these hazardous tank cars.

On July 25, the DOT introduced a proposal to address some safety issues, giving these puncture-prone tankers three to six more years to roll through communities acr ... more »

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OSHA Announces New Requirements for Reporting Severe Injuries

OSHA recently announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on January 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

The announcement follows preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

“Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. We can and must do more to keep America’s workers safe and healthy, ... more »

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Environmental Resource Center is an environmental, health, safety, and transportation consulting firm that leads the way in serving industry, academia, and federal and state government agencies. Since 1981, our team of safety and environmental consultants has been helping organizations like yours identify and comply with all applicable environmental, health, safety, security, and transportation regulations from both federal agencies (EPA, DOT, IATA, DHS, and OSHA) as well as your state and local regulators.

To help you meet your environmental objectives, we hold training seminars on hazardous waste management and hazardous materials management throughout the country; we also offer many of our courses as live interactive webcasts; we conduct environmental audits, DOT audits, and safety audits; we provide customized onsite RCRA, DOT, and OSHA training classes; and, via our answerline service, our environmental consultants work with you to ensure you are in compliance with any permitting requirements as well as other environmental and safety regulatory issues.

To contact one of our safety and environmental consultants, for more information about our RCRA, DOT, IATA, and OSHA seminars or webcasts, onsite hazardous waste training and hazardous materials training, HAZWOPER training, and OSHA training classes, or for more information about our environmental audits, DOT audits, and safety audits click here or call 800-537-2372.

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Columbus, OH- Hazardous Waste Management and DOT Training

Register for Hazardous Waste Management: The Complete Course and DOT Hazardous Materials Training: The Complete Course in Columbus, OH, on September 23-25, 2014. Register 2 attendees at full price and each additional person attends for half price. To take advantage of this offer, click here or call 800-537-2372.
 

Learn DOT’s New Requirements for Shipping Batteries

Learn about DOT's new final rule designed to enhance the safe shipment of lithium cells and batteries. The rule establishes new shipping names, revises exceptions for small cells and batteries, changes the requirements for waste batteries, and establishes new safeguards for shipments of damaged and recalled batteries.

Attend Environmental Resource Center's webcast training to meet the DOT’s for hazmat employee training of personnel responsible for the shipment of batteries by ground and air.

On-Site Training Saves Time and Money

You can depend on Environmental Resource Center for all of your EPA, OSHA, and DOT required training. Your on-site training will focus precisely on the needs of your facility and personnel and will always be up-to-date based on the latest regulatory and industry standards.

With full time training staff in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Vermont, one of our instructors can provide not only your routine Hazcom, RCRA, DOT, HAZWOPER, and IATA training, but also training on a wide variety of other topics, such as DOT Hazmat Security, IMDG, REACH, RoHS, WEEE, IMDG, SARA Title III, Storm Water, SPCC, TSCA, Used Oil, and Universal Waste Management. Call us today (800-537-2372), and one of our instructors can provide your training as early as tomorrow.

Customized Online Training

Environmental Resource Center also offers customized online learning management system solutions. Known as HELP (Health and Environmental Learning ProgramTM), our learning management solution can provide online employee training, tracking, and testing on virtually any environmental topic in a manner that is fully customized to include your facility’s policies, procedures, and activities. For details, contact Amy Knight at aknight@ercweb.com.

Your Own Hazardous Materials Transportation Database

Let Environmental Resource Center create a web-based database of your company’s hazardous materials. We’ll classify your hazardous materials, generate proper shipping names, and develop packaging and labeling specifications for all modes of transportation. Your personnel will never have to guess at what must be entered on shipping papers; how packages must be marked or labeled, or how the IATA, IMO, ADR, and ADG regulations differ from DOT requirements. Click here to view a demo. For details, contact Amy Knight at 919-469-1585, Ext. 224, or aknight@ercweb.com.