Category: Regulatory

Regulatory Issues

New EPA Asbestos Risk Assessment Process under review

The regulatory environment for asbestos professionals is changing. Anyone performing asbestos inspections, preparing management plans, monitoring compliance or addressing asbestos hazards should be aware of these changes and the potential for input on requirements that may affect our work.  In

Comments sought on EPA’s Proposed Significant New Use Rule for Asbestos

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the EPA is proposing a significant new use rule (SNUR) for asbestos as defined under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. The SNUR would require at least 90 days’ notice before manufacturing, importing, or processing of

Lead Lawsuit – An unexpected twist that changes everything, or a sacrificial lamb?

To All:   The article is below, I assume many of you are already aware of this – I found out late yesterday.  I have not seen what Leadnet is saying about this yet. . .  And ,I have not

$60 million lead paint settlement should increase demand for lead abatement work in California

NL Industries Inc. agreed to pay $60 million for lead paint cleanup in a settlement with 10 California cities and counties on Wednesday, May 16. Two other paint manufacturers, Sherwin Williams Co. and ConAgra Grocery Products Co. (which took over

Paint companies and lawmakers battle over who pays lead cleanup bill

Would you vote “No” on an initiative titled “The Healthy Homes and Schools Act”? Probably not – unless you object to taxpayers footing the bill for toxic cleanup that might otherwise be funded by private industry. When 10 California cities

A cost-benefit analysis of policies addressing childhood lead poisoning

“10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure,” a report published in August, 2017 by the Health Impact Project (a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts), examines the effectiveness of a variety of

Michael Sharp’s remarks to EPA Regulatory Reform Agenda meetings

Michael Sharp, HMS, Inc.’s CEO, was among the environmental scientists, policy advocates and industry representatives who spoke to the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention’s Regulatory Reform Agenda meetings in Washington, DC on May 1, 2017. The meetings

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New Silica Standards Go Into Effect Soon

New Federal and Cal OSHA silica standards for the construction industry are scheduled to be enforced as of September 23, 2017. These standards apply to any job tasks where airborne concentrations of silica may exceed the Action Level of 25

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Prevailing Wage Changes Tied to Proposition 47

With Proposition 47 passing, Assembly Bill (1506) regarding prevailing wages will be in effect starting April 1, 2003. There is some controversy over whether this extends to all prevailing wage projects or only those that receive Prop 47 funding. There

“It doesn’t have to be LBP to be a hazard! Regulations that can lead you astray!”

“It doesn’t have to be LBP to be a hazard! Regulations that can lead you astray! These and other myths surrounding paint and coatings dispelled (or at least discussed)!” Presented By Michael C. Sharp of Hazard Management Services, Inc.   OSHA

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