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Is the Federal Budget Landing the Great Lakes in “Deep Water”?

By | 2017-03-22T13:05:16+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Compliance, Employee, Health, News, Regulations, Safety|

President Trump already has signed Executive Orders that reduce the likelihood that additional OSHA or EPA regulations will be promulgated in the foreseeable future and that start the process of rolling back regulations already in place. Eliminating existing regulations takes more time, but it can be done. In addition, regulations that were under development when

One Thing Leads To Another!

By | 2017-03-21T14:28:04+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Compliance, Employee, Health, News, Regulations, Safety|

It is definitely true that, once an inspector is on-site (especially if allowed to wander the site to observe processes/actions unrelated to the stated purpose of the inspection), one finding often does lead to another as evidenced in the following example from the latest OSHA March 17 Quick Takes newsletter: Ohio printing company receives multiple

As the EHS Professional, What Are Your Greatest Concerns?

By | 2017-03-21T14:00:37+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Compliance, Employee, Health, News, Regulations, Safety|

A change in Administrations typically results in a degree of uncertainty and a cloudier “crystal ball” than usual, when trying to predict what an EHS Professional’s main focus needs to be for the coming year. Now, with only a couple of months of President Trump’s highest priorities on which to judge any likely changes in

EPA Extends Comment Periods for Rules on Trichloroethylene

By | 2017-03-09T21:34:51+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Compliance, Environmental, Health, News, Regulations|

The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the comment periods for two proposed rules on the toxic chemical trichloroethylene. One proposed rule would ban use of TCE as an aerosol degreaser and for spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities. The comment period for the rule has been pushed back to March 16 from Feb. 14, according to a notice published

Environmental Protection Agency Compliance Calendar

By | 2016-12-19T20:18:03+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Compliance, Environmental, News, Regulations, Uncategorized|

In the Fall CTI Newsletter, I had developed and shared a 2017 Health and Safety Compliance Calendar with our avid readers, recommending some advanced thinking and planning for the health and safety portion of a 2017 Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) compliance calendar.  Many of you also wear the hat of “environmental compliance manager” or some similar

OSHA, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll: A Musical Soundtrack to OSHA’s New Drug Testing and Anti-Retaliation Rule

By | 2016-12-19T19:50:02+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Compliance, Employee, Health, News, Regulations, Safety|

Reprinted from Travis Vance article in Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog On the first of December, OSHA’s new drug testing and anti-retaliation rule took effect that impact employer policies regarding injury reporting and drug testing. It significantly  alters the circumstances when drug testing can be conducted and reemphasizes the protections for employees to report

New Slip, Trip, and Fall Revisions Start January 17, 2017

By | 2016-12-19T16:34:35+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Compliance, Employee, Health, News, Regulations, Safety|

caution sign OSHA created Subpart D, “Walking-Working Surfaces” in 1971 and has attempted revisions in 1973, 1990, and 2010. After 26 years of trying, spurred largely by the ever-increasing number of fatalities due to falls in both the construction and general industry sectors, OSHA has finalized a significant overhaul of existing Subpart D

Transitioning to a Trump Administration: What It Could Mean for the Department of Labor and OSHA

By | 2016-11-10T20:55:35+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Compliance, Employee, Health, News, Regulations, Safety|

As this is only a couple of days following the election, many of the “likely scenarios” and “expected trends on regulatory actions” under President-Elect Trump’s administration are only based on educated suppositions. However, the following comments by Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Edwin G. Foulke Jr. offer some interesting insider insights and plausible shifting of

Compliance Technologies, Inc attends Village of Cuyahoga Heights Mayor’s business luncheon

By | 2016-09-29T17:33:23+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Compliance, Employee, Holiday, News|

The Village of Cuyahoga Heights invited local businesses for perch and pulled pork at Klima Gardens on September 16, 2016. While the attendees arrived there was plenty of time to connect with fellow business people and meet the new appointments within the city. In the photo below, Steve Kovatch, CTI President, is talking compliance with

Final GHS Deadline – But Many Companies Continue to Work Towards Achieving Compliance

By | 2016-08-24T17:52:21+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Compliance, Environmental, Health, News, Regulations|

By June 1st, all employers were to update alternative workplace labeling to GHS compliant labels on all chemicals in storage, update their Hazardous Communication (HazCom) programs and re-train employees to understand GHS pictograms and hazard warnings.  However, if your program is not 100% compliant yet, you are not alone. According to a recent study conducted by