Hazardous Waste in the Healthcare Industry

W&M’s Lori Siegelman and Pat Larkin, an Environmental Attorney and Partner with Strasburger & Price, LLP, conducted a lunchtime webinar on hazardous waste management in the healthcare industry.  Medical and laboratory professionals may not be  well-versed about the intricacies and potential complexities of State and Federal regulations applicable to waste being generated in the pharmacy, clinic, laboratory, or hospital.   Listen to experts explain how hazardous waste generated in the healthcare industry should be identified and properly managed.

Decreasing Financial Liability and Solid Waste One Exclusion At A Time

Given the complex structure of RCRA and the extensive exemptions and exceptions to the Solid Waste rules, there are great opportunities to decrease the potential legal and financial liabilities associated with waste management. The authors will explore ways to reduce solid waste and hazardous waste, decrease generator status (e.g., “large”, “small” and “very small”), and use the new episodic generation rules to the generators benefit. The author will also discuss how correctly classifying and managing waste can greatly affect the amount of effort (money) it takes to comply with RCRA, and how it can reduce liability. Finally, the authors will explore how remedial work and remediation, can play into or out of generator status, onetime waste codes, episodic generation, annual/biennial waste reporting, Tier 2, and Toxics Release Inventory reporting. The presentation will include reporting advisements for commonly missed reporting requirements associated with annual reporting when undergoing remediation treatment. If you
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Need Help Making Sure Your Business Is In Compliance?

You don’t know what you don’t know.  With environmental regulations constantly changing it can sometimes feel overwhelming.  W&M’s environmental compliance experts can help guide you through the maze of regulations to  show you where those gaps might be in your environmental program. A Regulatory Applicability Screen (RAS) is a quick and valuable service that provides our clients with a list of potential regulatory concerns ranging from air permits, water supply, wastewater, stormwater, hazardous waste, and various other environmental reporting requirements.  In each of these regulatory areas, W&M outlines the gaps and potential corrective actions that you could undertake to eliminate  those gaps. The process begins with an information gathering meeting to understand the nature of the facility.  Then one of our environmental experts conducts the RAS to determine regulatory applicability and potential compliance gaps with U.S. Environmental Protections Agency (EPA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and other state and
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Great Tips On Environmental Reporting

Do Annual Waste Summaries, Air Emission Inventory, storm water, Tier II and TRI Reports give you headaches?  If so, watch our webinar on tips on completing accurate environment reports hosted by Heather Woodward. Topics include: Reporting Due Dates – On Time Completion Data Collection Techniques Common Reporting Mistakes Reporting Resources

Hazardous Waste Management/DOT Training – RCRA/DOT

W&M will be conducting RCRA Hazardous Waste Management and DOT Hazardous Material Transportation (HazMat) Training this fall in Dallas on September 14 – 15 and Houston on September 28 – 29. Regulations and policies on handling hazardous waste are updated every year by the EPA and TCEQ.  Regulations also require annual training for personnel who handle or manage hazardous waste in Texas. W&M’s RCRA Full-Day Course Topics will include: Identification and classification of waste Waste container handling, management and storage requirements Requirements for hazardous waste generators Manifests and recordkeeping requirements Pollution prevention ideas DOT Half Day Course Topics will include: Because hazardous waste is also regulated as a DOT HazMat (or dangerous good), anyone who prepares a shipment and/or who signs a hazardous waste manifest must also have DOT HazMat training. Function-Specific training to complete a hazardous waste manifest DOT Hazard Classification Proper shipping name and shipping papers Labeling, marking and packaging requirements Register
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Environmental Compliance Auditing Multi-State Large Scale Manufacturing Facilities

W&M conducted and provided oversight of environmental compliance audits to determine regulatory applicability and potential compliance gaps with local, state, and federal environmental regulations at Manufacturing Facilities in Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania. The audits were conducted under the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act, the Pennsylvania Voluntary Environmental Audit Policy, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Audit Incentive Policy.

DFW Registration – Hazardous Waste Management Training

When:  Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Where:  Hackberry Creek Country Club 1901 W. Royal Lane, Irving, TX Pricing:  $495 before September 1  $550 after September 1 Registration includes:  Training materials, breakfast, lunch buffet, and afternoon snack will be provided. 

Houston Registration – Hazardous Waste Mangement Training

When:    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Where:   Bay Oaks Country Club 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., Houston Price:     $495 before August 31 $550 after September 1 Registration includes:  Training materials, breakfast, lunch buffet, and afternoon snack will be provided.

Annual Hazardous Waste Management Training

The EPA and TCEQ update regulations and policies on handling hazardous waste every year.  Companies and organizations that handle hazardous waste need to be aware of these  changes and implement them to remain in compliance and reduce liability. That is why the regulations require annual training for all personnel who handle hazardous waste in Texas.  W&M is hosting a course on Hazardous Waste Management Training in Houston and Dallas in the fall to help companies keep abreast of rule changes and meet the requirements for staff training.  Heather Woodward and Lori Siegelman will be the instructors for this training. The course in Dallas will again be hosted at the Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving, TX.  The Houston course will be hosted at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston. The course dates are: Dallas – September 17 at Hackberry Creek Country Club, Irving, TX Houston – October 1 at Bay Oaks Country Club, Houston, TX Topics will include: Identification
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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Audit for Storage and Distribution Terminal

W&M recently was tasked to review a client’s storage and distribution terminal facility operations and provided them with assurance of regulatory compliance under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Clean Water Act (CWA).  W&M successfully conducted an environmental compliance audit to determine regulatory applicability and potential compliance gaps with state and federal environmental regulations.  The audit was conducted under the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act.  The results of the audit also provided suggestions for future management practices aimed to help them save time and money. Areas covered in the audit included: Client’s Wastewater Permit and Wastewater Treatment Plant operations; Storm water discharge permitting and an existing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) were reviewed; RCRA compliance including waste classification and waste handling practices; The client’s Industrial and Hazardous Waste Notice of Registration (NOR) was evaluated for potential gaps, discrepancies, and completeness for waste codes and
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