Stakeholders will find the straightforward approach in the chapters refreshing and the examples clear and to the point. Not only can you or your company meet continuing education needs, compliance, and learn about OSHA Standards, but you will also be exposed to a diverse project portfolio included in the case studies.
Federal Regulations and Standards
In the 1970’s, waste disposal had yet to be standardized and regulated. The 1965 Solid Waste Disposal Act encouraged states to develop waste management programs. The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act had required installation of pollution control devises. These Acts did not directly dictate where the waste was supposed to go nor the processing of the waste prior to disposal.
State Regulation and Enforcement
Under the Texas Administrative Code, 16 titles cover a broad subject group in categories related to the oversight agencies that administer and enforce the codes. California, in relation to Texas, has gone even further to document the required permits and processes, enforcement guidelines, and has created more detailed definitions related to the components of the industry.
The economics surrounding cleaning and restoring an environment affected by a traumatic event not only include the inputs required to complete these projects but also the pressures of the environment that impede progress towards project completion. Inputs such as labor, chemicals, regulated biohazard medical waste, equipment, personal protective equipment, and conventional waste are relatively easy to track and to communicate during the accounting process.
In both the direct and indirect assessment of traumatic event remediation, there are unknowns to those assessing the environment. These unknowns include but are not limited to the extent of the contamination plume penetration through layers of material.
material, the difficult task of odor removal in a structure or vehicle, the volume
of affected material...
Business Entity Compliance, Agent-Assigned Task
One thing to consider is that an agent (employee/subcontractor) of the business will supervise or take part in performing tasks with other agents in order to complete projects.
Simply stated, you’re responsible for those that work for you. The business entity directing the project tasks is responsible for the health and safety of the agents involved in completing these tasks. This fact amplifies the importance of a OSHA compliance and training program. Work practice instruction must run parallel to OSHA task guidelines. This employee instruction must be documented in order to meet the standard’s training requirements and for future reference in safety and Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) matters.