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Updated OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM)

Updated OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM)


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is adapting their Hazard Communication Standard in order to comply with international criteria for chemical container labeling and material safety data sheets (MSDS). HAZCOM already requires that employers inform their employees of hazardous chemicals in the work place, so these changes only affect how to go about informing employees about these hazardous chemicals.

The updates are as follows:

  • The “Material Safety Data Sheet” designation will be changed to “Safety Data Sheet” (SDS);
  • The format will contain 16 numbered sections containing chemical information including first aid measures;
  • Chemical container labels will include international pictograms and a new format.

Labels must be formatted in accordance to new guidelines by December, 1, 2015. However, employees must be trained about these new labels and their formats by December 1, 2013.

  • Employees at c-stores, lube oil warehouses, bottled propane facilities, automobile quick lubes, car wash operations, and vehicle repair and maintenance shops will likely require training, while administrative employees that work in an office setting will not be required to be trained.
  • CDL drivers are only subject to HAZCOM compliance during loading and unloading operations at the work site. Once drivers leave the site, US DOT regulations apply only. Drivers should check with their HAZMAT training provider to see if their training required by US DOT regulations satisfies OSHA requirements, in which case the driver does not need to be trained.
  • Lack of training may lead to OSHA penalties.

Contact our Safety Manager Tim Kostel  or our Training Director Andy Tait with any questions you may have. Employers should check with their state OSHA programs for additional requirements as some states have more stringent criteria. State OSHA offices can be contacted here. For more information, visit the federal OSHA site. Also, feel free to take the time to look into TAIT’s safety training programs as well. We look forward to working with you.


Looking forward to PEI / NACS 2013!

TAIT eagerly anticipates attending this year’s PEI / NACS Show, which takes place from October 12 to 15, 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

We will have a booth and will be meeting with current and prospective clients both from the environmental side of the house, Tait Environmental Services and from the architectural / civil side, Tait & Associates.

PEI / NACS is a great show we consistently attend, rated Top 10 again last year. Do you have plans to attend? Contact us now and let’s discuss how we can do business together, and perhaps plan a time to meet up while we are in Atlanta.

NACS has announced a series of new post-expo evening events such as:

  • NACS Show Kick-Off Party | Saturday, October 12 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Held on Atlanta’s “Restaurant Row,” the kick-off party will have planned entertainment and all attendees are eligible for a “Golden Ticket,” where winners will receive a limo party, spending money and access to exclusive parties all week. Tickets for the event are included in full registrations.
  • NACS Show Tailgate Party Sunday | October 13 | 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm  Attendees can stop by the Hall C lobby of the Georgia World Congress Center to watch NFL games and highlights on flat-screen TVs, as well as participate in onsite games and activities. Registration is free for all attendees.
  • NACS Show 2014 Launch Party | Monday, October 14 | 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm The Launch Party is also in the Hall C lobby of the GA WCC and will feature bands and other entertainment. The event allows attendees to learn more about other industry events that can help grow their business in 2014 and beyond. Registration is free for all attendees.

Chip Conley will be speaking at NACS this year. Chip is a best-selling author and acclaimed motivational speaker. He founded Joie de Vivre, California’s largest independent hotel company and America’s second-largest boutique hotelier, with over 40 unique and award-winning hotels, restaurants and spas.

Join us this year at the PEI/NACS show. We had a great time last year and look forward to it every year. Contact us to learn more.

EPA News Release on Lead Based Paint Reminds us of the Dangers and Enforcement

EPA News Release on Lead Based Paint Reminds us of the Dangers and Enforcement

Is your company involved in painting or re-painting? One task we perform for our clients is to repaint aboveground petroleum storage tanks, ASTs. Here is a news release from the EPA regarding lead based paint, the dangers and consequences of not being certified. If you are interested in resurfacing some of your petroleum storage tanks, PSTs or piping, or if you have any questions about TAIT’s certifications, contact our Safety Manager Tim Kostel.

May 2, 2013

EPA Takes Action Against Violators of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

WASHINGTON – Today, EPA announced 17 enforcement actions for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP).

The RRP rule protects homeowners and tenants from dangerous lead dust that can be left behind after common renovation, repair, and painting work. It requires that contractors and subcontractors be properly trained and certified, and use lead-safe work practices to ensure that lead dust is minimized. Lead exposure can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing.

“Using lead-safe work practices is good business and it’s the law,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA is taking action to enforce lead rules to protect people from exposure to lead and to ensure a level playing field for contractors that follow the rules.”

The enforcement actions address serious violations of the RRP rule, including fourteen actions where the contractor failed to obtain certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovation activities on pre-1978 homes, where lead is more likely to be present. Other alleged violations included failure to follow the lead-safe work practices, which are critical to reducing exposure to lead-based paint hazards.

The 17 enforcement actions listed below include 14 administrative settlements assessing civil penalties of up to $23,000. These settlements also required the contractors to certify that they had come into compliance with the requirements of the RRP rule. Additionally, EPA filed three administrative complaints seeking civil penalties of up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation. As required by the Toxic Substances Control Act, a company or individual’s ability to pay a penalty is evaluated and penalties are adjusted accordingly.

Enforcement actions:

•    Groeller Painting, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri.
•    Albracht Permasiding and Window, Co. of Omaha, Nebraska.
•    Midwest College Painters, LLC of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
•    ARK Property Investments, LLC of Richmond, Indiana.
•    Henderson & Associates Services of Largo, Florida.
•    Home Resources Management, LLC of Columbia, Tennessee.
•    Camaj Interiors & Exteriors of Jacksonville, Florida.
•    Cherokee Home Improvements, LLC of Church Creek, Maryland.
•    Window World of Harford located in Belair, Maryland.
•    EA Construction and General Contracting of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
•    Roman Builders of Morton, Pennsylvania.
•    Accolade Construction Group, Inc. of New York, New York.
•    PZ Painting of Springfield, New Jersey.
•    Creative Renovations of Brooklyn, New York.
•    Reeson Construction of Webster, New Hampshire.
•    New Hampshire Plate Glass Corporation of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
•    CM Rogers Handyman of Manchester, New Hampshire.

More information about the settlements: www.epa.gov/enforcement/waste/cases/lrrp050213.html

More about lead and instructions on getting certified: www.epa.gov/lead

Inventive TAIT Employee Creates own Tools

One inventive TAIT employee, Tim Norman, found that he needed something different to do his job, so he created it!

Tim Norman with the tool he designed and built

Tim Norman is a Certified Tank Installer and Remover and acts as the B Operator for many of our UST clients in Texas. He joined TAIT in 2012, and boy are we glad to have him! Tim is certified as a Texas A&B Supervisor, B Operator in Texas and Louisiana, with Pneumercator, INCON, has HAZWOPER, the list goes on, and says what he enjoys most about the job/working for TAIT is his boss in California 🙂

Tim determined the need for this tool when he had to remove a 250 pound lid with a screw driver and pry bar. Entrepreneurial and a do-it-yourself kinda guy by nature, rather than requesting a new tool, he designed one himself! This is just one of the many reasons we are so proud to call Tim part of our TAIT team.

Tim Norman, Texas B Operator for USTs

If you see Tim driving around within a few hours of the Dallas metroplex while you are out and about, wave or say hi! We love meeting people out in the field.

TAIT’s Newest Office – Bismarck, ND has Opened!

Tait & Associates, Inc. (TAIT) announces the opening of a new Civil Engineering and Land Surveying office in Bismarck, ND to better serve the growth of the region

11/1/2012 – Tait & Associates, Inc. (TAIT) is pleased to announce the opening of its newest office in Bismarck, North Dakota. The office is positioned to best serve the critical infrastructure and land development needs facilitated by the development of the Bakken oilfield. Professional services provided from the office will primarily include civil engineering and land surveying.

Richard Tait, President of TAIT remarked, “We are particularly excited to contribute our services in building this highly strategic region of our country.”  The recent development of the Bakken oilfields continues to stress existing infrastructure and housing of the traditionally agricultural state. Mr. Tait says his company is well-positioned to help deliver professional services for well planned growth.

“We have deep roots in oil exploration and in North Dakota. My father and founder of the company, Dr. Kenneth E. Tait, PE,  headed the team that located the first oil well in Libya. Also, much of our senior management staff is from North Dakota and very familiar with the region.”

The office will be headed by Tracy J. Letzring, PE.  A 25-year veteran of TAIT, Mr. Letzring returns to his home state after serving the company in California and Colorado. Mr. Letzring delivers a balanced portfolio of public, commercial, industrial, and institutional projects to the office. In addition to civil engineering and land surveying, the office will also provide project management and environmental services.

To learn more about TAIT and the products and services they provide, please call Melanie Nelson at 214-531-9377 or visit www.TAIT.com

Contact Information:
Tracy J. Letzring, PE, LEED AP, SCDP
Tait & Associates | Tait Environmental Services
2718 Gateway Ave., Suite 101, Bismarck, ND 58503
Call 701-989-4401 or email tletzring@TAIT.com

New Safety Training Website

TAIT is pleased to offer high quality on-line training that is sensitive to our students’ pocket books and their busy schedules. We have combined our nearly half-century of experience with the latest innovations to deliver to our students engaging and concise education experiences. Our curriculum is focused on what we know: Environmental Compliance, Health and Safety, Petroleum and Fuel Storage Tanks, Green Building Design, Quality Management, Food Service, and Continuing Education.  Check out our new training website, SafeInstruction.com