The Value of Outsourced Environmental Compliance Services

It was my experience with the challenges of keeping up with environmental monitoring and compliance that led me to DECA Environmental 18 years ago. Small, straightforward operations and large, complex facilities all struggle with creating efficient and accurate processes to keep them in compliance. There was and still is a need in the marketplace for outsourced experts. One of our long-time clients, Phil Williamson, Director Environmental Health and Safety for Autoneum North America Inc., … [Read more...]

Understanding Air Permitting and Compliance

There are two aspects to managing air emissions: permitting and compliance. Air permitting requires gathering usage rates of pollutant-emitting equipment and then calculating the emissions from those units to uncover the total emissions from your facility. That information is then given to IDEM and an air permit is generated. Compliance comes after the permitting process and requires keeping up with the quarterly and annual record keeping and reporting requirements. While most organizations … [Read more...]

The Value of an Environmental Reporting Online Tracking System

Environmental emissions reporting can be an arduous task if you do not have systems in place to monitor what materials you use and in what quantities. Your SDS system is the root of the process, and is preferably one that works well with your emissions database for streamlined reporting. Lippert Components, a supplier of components to the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing, trailer, bus, marine and heavy truck industries, has used DECA Environmental’s Online SDS and integrated … [Read more...]

Environmental Services: Compliance and Permitting

Toxic release inventories, or TRIs (Form R), are due on July 1st from facilities that release, manufacture, or use EPCRA Section 313 chemicals above EPA thresholds (over 25,000 lbs). Facilities must report, using Form R, quantities of 313 chemicals used during the calendar year to the EPA, including chemicals in waste onsite and offsite, as well as accidental releases. Regardless of whether TRI reporting is applicable, the methodology and supporting calculations need to be established to prove … [Read more...]

No More Paper: The Benefits of Adopting an Online SDS Management System

A challenge many companies face is the lack of a centralized safety data sheet (SDS) system. Businesses with multiple departments and work sites must juggle their regulated materials between them, providing each location with copies of their needed SDSs. However, this paper system has several drawbacks. Updating SDSs becomes a time-consuming task as every copy at each location must be replaced with the new SDS. New chemicals brought in by different departments may not communicate their recent … [Read more...]

The Value of an Online SDS Management System: A Client’s Perspective

DECA’s Online SDS Management System is designed to reduce costs and centralize information that would have otherwise been housed via paper systems across multiple departments. One of our online SDS management system clients is John Bawcum, of BraunAbility, which sells mobility products, such as vans with wheelchair lifts. BraunAbility, started in 1972, now employs 1,000 and is housed across 7 buildings on one site. Bawcum describes the unique advantages he has found since switching to an online … [Read more...]

Test Out a Demo of DECA’s Online SDS Management System

At first glance, managing your SDS (Safety Data Sheets) may seem like an easy task: when you buy a chemical, paint, solvent or other SDS-required material, you make sure to ask for the most recent paperwork and insert it into the appropriate SDS book. This process works well when you have only one person making the purchases. However, most companies source materials through many departments, such as engineering, maintenance and production. And let’s not forget the generous suppliers who bring in … [Read more...]

Online SDS Management Services Bring Efficiency to Your Business

Managing OSHA’s requirements involving Safety Data Sheets (SDS) may just be one of the most annoying aspects of running a business. They have a way of scattering throughout locations or even one office as materials are used or ordered by various departments. Centralizing paper in a complex organization is not easy! Efficiency has never been associated with SDS management—until now. Fortunately, online SDS management systems now exist to help streamline the recording and reporting process. … [Read more...]

GHS Compliance Dates

The first of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) compliance dates are fast approaching.  These compliance dates are listed below: Effective Completion Date Requirement(s) Who December 1, 2013 Train employees on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) format. Employers June 1, 2015December 1, 2015   Compliance with all modified provisions of this final rule, except:  The Distributor shall not ship containers labeled by the chemical … [Read more...]

Auto Body Refinishing Operations: What EPA’s 6H Means To You

If your organization is involved in auto body refinishing, you may have received a letter recently from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), outlining the requirements set forth by 40 CFR 63 Subpart HHHHHH (or 6H), the “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources.” To further our commitment to keeping our clients informed and in compliance, we have created an overview of this … [Read more...]