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02
AUG
2017

Business Is More Than …

Our blog posts are often centered on different aspects of the environmental industry and its regulations. You will find this one quite different. While contemplating a topic for this month, I ran across an article that really hit home. Its basis was that any business is more than...
02
JUL
2017

What You Need To Know About Your Industrial Cleaning Project

When it comes to cleaning and maintaining your factory or other industrial facility, it’s important to understand the importance of having it done properly. It’s also important to know who you are working with to get the job done while staying within the constraints...
15
MAR
2017

A Safety Conscious Team

Many of our newsletters and blogs concern safety in the workplace. It is paramount to a successful and profitable business. As you know, people are the heart of any business. And keeping them safe means keeping them safety conscious. A recent article in MSW Management magazine...
15
FEB
2017

Getting The Proper Training For Employees

A couple of months ago, we mentioned in our blog/newsletter that certain employee training is required by regulatory agencies (EPA, OSHA, and DOT)  Employers who fail to provide this training are at risk for stiff fines, penalties or worse. Several of our managers at Safeway...
23
JAN
2017

The Importance of Maintenance

A recent article in MSW Management caught our attention because it truly hits home…no matter what business you’re in. Every manufacturer/business has its own operating standards and specifications. For most companies, this includes standard maintenance schedules which are...
19
DEC
2016

Employees Preparing Hazardous Waste Materials For Shipment

Most employers know their business well. They know their competitors, know how best to build their products and they know how to successfully get their product to the customer. What most employers DON’T know is that if they have employees who prepare hazardous materials for...
21
NOV
2016

Finding The Right Balance

Many of the articles featured on our blog are based on personal experiences. As we have bid and executed our field services cleaning projects over the last 24 years, both Safeway and our customers have learned much. Our field services managers or owner look at each job so that we...
17
OCT
2016

Workplace Safety: Most Frequently Cited Violations

Without our valuable employees, most businesses would fail to exist. Please remember that safety mindedness should begin with the employer! Each year, in October, OSHA releases a preliminary list of the (10) most frequently cited safety violations for the fiscal year. The list is...
17
SEP
2016

Hazardous Waste Disposal

There are more than 500,000 shipments of hazardous waste materials every day. And there are specific guidelines and rules in place to make sure all these shipments are completed in a proper and safe manner. The majority of these shipments are transported by trucks that make up...
15
AUG
2016

New Global Harmonizing System In Effect

The new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is now in effect. All chemicals shipped by manufacturers and distributors should now meet the OSHA GHS requirements and the packaging, marking and labeling requirements for hazardous materials...
28
JUL
2016

The Truth About Confined Spaces

Based on years of gathering information on confined space fatalities and also on testimony of the hazards involved, the Final Rule for Permit-Required Confined Spaces became effective on April of 1993. Since the rule applies to all general industry, a performance-oriented...
20
JUN
2016

Non-Hazardous Does Not Mean Harmless

Many companies generate only non-regulated non-hazardous wastes from their processes. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security. Non-hazardous does not mean harmless! There are federal, state and even local regulations regarding the treatment processes for these types of...
21
MAY
2016

Skeletons In The Closet?

This week we cleaned out an old building for a client and came across all sorts of obsolete chemicals and universal wastes. They were tucked into every nook, cranny, and closet. You know how it is. The company is not using that particular brand of degreaser anymore,...
21
APR
2016

Is It Time To Reevaluate Your Waste Management Program?

Managing your company’s industrial wastes, whether hazardous or non-hazardous, is not an issue with which you should become stagnant, for several reasons. First, the manner in which you have been handling the material for years may be obsolete or downright illegal under...
21
MAR
2016

Have You Arranged For Spring Cleaning?

Due to the tremendous response to our Spring Cleaning email, we have added additional crews and equipment to make certain we can handle your needs in a timely manner. Do you have so much going on at work you’ve become blind to the obvious? It’s easy not to notice how...
21
FEB
2016

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?

Most of us move at such a pace that if something isn’t a current problem, we ignore it in favor of the most recent ‘fire’ to put out. Sometimes, regular maintenance seems like an unnecessary nuisance in our busy work world. It invariably gets moved to the back...
25
JAN
2016

Do The Right Thing

According to American Recycler magazine, there is an ongoing battle for electronic waste recyclers and lawmakers wanting to do the right thing … which is to responsibly recycle e-waste. Currently, 25 states have some form of law governing electronic waste; but, state laws...
15
DEC
2015

Safety On The Job

It is important for industry as a whole to understand that safety is the shared responsibility of management and workers. In a recent “Recycling Today” article, we found some guidelines that all workers can take into account to ensure their safety: PPE (personal...
18
NOV
2015

Diesel On The Highway

Among the many environmental solutions we provide is Emergency Response. Just recently, we were called to the scene of an accident involving an 18-wheeler tractor trailer which overturned, spilling its just-filled tanks of diesel alongside the highway, which impacted the soil,...
19
OCT
2015

ADEM Inspections

Think ADEM isn’t serious about Universal Waste? Think again! Last month, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) inspected a facility; making observations in various areas of the plant. In one particular area, universal wastes were being collected in an open and...
24
SEP
2015

Dealing With Abandoned Materials

Did you know … Even if hazardous materials are left on your property by someone else, you are responsible. We were recently contacted by a property management company to assist one of their owners with identifying presumably hazardous material which was left abandoned...
25
AUG
2015

Universal Waste Practices In Europe

Muller-Guttenbrunn Group in Austria has a history of scrap metal recycling and has now set the standard for recycling electronics. Europe is taking electronics (and universal waste as a whole) recycling very seriously. And this is something the U.S. is just starting to do....
16
JUL
2015

Identifying Labels On Hazardous Waste Drums

Often we get phone calls from generators who want to know what it will cost to dispose of “drums” on their property. Many times, the person calling does not even know what is in the drums. The drums may have no labels or other identifying stickers. In most cases, the drums have...
18
JUN
2015

Regulations For Packaging Hazardous Materials

According to DOT packaging regulations, there is a method for properly closing a drum of hazardous waste material?There is a proper time to enter a drum’s accumulation start date? Even more importantly, did you know that a state or federal environmental agency can visit...
28
MAY
2015

Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifesto

According to the Hazardous Wastes Section of the epa.gov website … “the current hazardous waste manifest system is a set of forms, reports, and procedures designed to seamlessly track hazardous waste from the time it leaves the generator facility where it was...
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