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How does After Action Review benefit HazMat training?

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 09:46

Emergency response teams are constantly looking for ways to improve their operations.Simulated exercises, training classes and seminars can all provide valuable insight into tactics and technologies that can be applied in real life HazMat incidents.However unless feedback on incident response and command is recorded (and can be easily shared with personnel), a valuable learning opportunity can risk being lost.An effective way to enhance learni

Beltway Buzz, May 24, 2019

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 14:54

Spring Regulatory Agenda Issued. On May 22, 2019, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released the administration’s Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Before diving into the regulatory morass, there are a few items of note regarding these regulatory agendas. First, as one might imagine, in order to publish something this lengthy, each agency likely submitted its respective agenda weeks or even months ago.

EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 15:31

BOKOSHE, Okla. — Susan Holmes’ home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town.For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the powdery ash blowing from the trucks and the ash dump on the edge of town would “kind of engulf you,” Holmes said. “They drove by, and you just couldn’t breathe.”Over three decades, the ash dump grew into a hill five stories high.

The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 15:30

The control of hazardous energy is regulated under OSHA's control of hazardous energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard. The standard's purpose is to protect workers from the dangers of hazardous energy. This RFI seeks information regarding two areas where modernizing the Lockout/Tagout standard might better promote worker safety without additional burdens to employers: control circuit type devices and robotics.

Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Rulemaking Process (May 13, 2019)

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 14:25

The memorandum describes how, as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency efforts to advance its mission of protecting public health and the environment, the agency should also ensure that its regulatory decisions are rooted in sound, transparent and consistent approaches to evaluating benefits and costs. Many EPA statutes contemplate the consideration of benefits and costs as part of regulatory decision-making. However, benefits and costs have historically been treated differently, depending on the media office and the underlying authority.

(PHMSA) announced that it is soliciting nominees for a new Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:40

On May 9, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that it is soliciting nominees for a new Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee, in accordance with Section 333(d) of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.“The Department is seeking experts from diverse technical and transportation backgrounds to evaluate safety improvements for the transportation of lithium batteries,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L.

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