The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 5’s office has initiated a voluntary air toxic reduction effort with regulated industry sectors in 6 states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Facilities covered by the Degreasing Organic Cleaners Halogenated Solvent Cleaners standard (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart T) may receive a letter from EPA Region 5 requesting their participation to help reduce or eliminate the use of the regulated solvents.
Halogenated solvents include:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Methyl chloroform (TCA, 111- trichloroethane)
- Dichloromethane (DCM, methylene chloride)
- Perchloroethylene (PERC)
- Carbon Tetrachloride (CTC)
The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) and the surface finishing industry have made significant progress in reducing the use of halogenated solvents and air emissions from these solvents. Historically, these solvents have been used to clean parts prior to finishing, and halogenated solvents are still in use for applications where substitute solvents are not feasible. Where halogenated solvents continue to be used, facilities implement a variety of control technologies to minimize air emissions.
Even with the success in reducing emissions of halogenated solvents from the surface finishing industry, NASF is partnering with EPA to help members identify additional options for product substitution and improved control technologies to reduce or eliminate air emissions from halogenated solvents. Solvent substitution may allow the facility to reduce or eliminate permit or other compliance requirements under the federal standard, protect worker health and reduce costs. More information on alternative solvents can be found on EPA’s website.
More information on the regulatory benefits of safer solvents can be found here.
NASF and EPA will soon develop a webinar to provide more details on this initiative. For more information regarding the NASF/EPA partnership on this initiative, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at email@example.com.
California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65) is a complex regulation for which it is difficult to find determinative answers. California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently updated its warning regulations that apply to products manufactured after August 30, 2018. As a result, many NASF members have received letters from customers that sell or distribute products in California asking if the products need Prop 65 warnings and labels.
Even if a part is plated outside California, but is sold or distributed in California, warning labels may be required. NASF is providing 3 documents that can help in determining whether warning labels are required for products that are sold or distributed in California.
Download Proposition 65 Documents
Washington, DC – The National Association for Surface Finishing sends this reminder: submit your 2017 injury and illness summary report electronically to OSHA today, before Sunday’s deadline.
OSHA estimates that 450,000+ US companies must submit 2017 Form 300A data under the agency’s tracking system – the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). Companies are required to submit Form 300A if they meet these criteria:
- Large Companies – If you have 250 or more employees and are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records.
- Small and Medium-Size Companies – If you have 20-249 employees and are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. This category includes most manufacturing operations, including companies in the surface finishing industry.
More information on this reporting requirement is available on the OSHA website at https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html.
For further information, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at firstname.lastname@example.org