How secure are your PSM processes?

Highly hazardous chemicals such as toxics, reactives, flammable liquids and gases are used in many industries such as food processing, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, plastics, paints, etc….  If not properly designed, maintained, and managed safely during manufacture, transport, storage, and use, these chemicals can cause disastrous incidents with significant property damage and potentially fatal-consequences. OSHA and EPA both regulate industries with chemicals over certain threshold quantities through their Process Safety Management (PSM) and the Risk Management Plan (RMP) standards,…

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Evaluating Workplace Health Exposures

Under the OSH Act, employers are required to identify and evaluate health hazard(s) in their workplaces, which includes exposures to air contaminants, chemicals, biological and physical hazards. More than 6 million workplaces in the U.S. are covered by OSHA’s permissible exposure limits (PEL) established for over 500 chemicals listed in tables Z-1, Z-2, and Z-3.  Most of OSHA’s exposure limits are 8-hour time-weighted averages (TWA), however, there are short-term exposure limits (STEL) based on 15 minute exposures, ceiling or peak limits that…

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13 Elements of a Fire Door Inspection

Routine visual inspections and operational testing of fire doors is critical to a building’s maintenance and the life safety of its occupants. Fire doors inspected in accordance with the requirements set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101, Life Safety Code, and NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, require that all fire door assemblies be inspected not less than annually, after installation and maintenance work. Visual inspections and operational…

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Conducting Effective Hazard Assessments

Often during inspections, audits, or accident investigations, we encounter nonexistent, inadequate, or inaccurate hazard assessments. One of the “root causes” of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to identify or recognize hazards that are present, or that could have been anticipated.  A critical element of any effective safety and health program is a proactive, ongoing process to identify and assess hazards. OSHA requires that hazard assessments be performed in many standards including, but…

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6 Benefits of Partnering to Improve HSE Performance 

Businesses most valuable assets are their workforce.  As such, managing health, safety, and environmental (HSE) aspects and impacts play a critical role in managing a business.  However, for many businesses, managing an HSE system is often overwhelming trying to navigate complex and everchanging regulations, and often do not have the resources to manage internally. For many smaller to mid-sized companies, the responsibilities of managing HSE aspects and impacts often fall on human resources, supervisors, or…

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Major Benefits of Third Party Inspections & Audits 

Performing routine inspections and periodic audits are essential for a company to implement a process that assesses risk and liabilities while developing accurate policies, procedures, and training to continuously improve HSE performance.  Inspections (hazard identification) and audits (program evaluation) are critical to the successful implementation of an effective and continuously improving HSE management system.    Inspections of workplace hazards must be integrated into a company’s HSE program to ensure that hazards are appropriately identified, evaluated (severity,…

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EPA News

- Air and Radiation (OAR)

BALTIMORE, MD. – Today, in a ceremony at the FMI – The Food Industry Association’s Energy and Store Development Conference, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Program recognized 12 food retail companies and one manufacturer of advanced refrigeration systems for their exceptional achievements to reduce the use of ozone-depleting substances and/or climate-damaging refrigerants.

“Participants in the GreenChill Partnership and Store Certification Programs have been leading the industry in environmentally friendly refrigeration practices, and EPA annually honors their achievements at both the corporate and individual store certification level,” said Paul Gunning, Director of EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Protection. “These companies’ efforts show that it is possible to keep food cool while protecting our Earth’s ozone layer and climate system by setting and achieving ambitious goals year after year.”

GreenChill Partners commit to reducing refrigerant emissions and decreasing their impact on the environment. On average, GreenChill food retailers maintain emissions rates that are approximately half the industry average, resulting in a significant benefit to the environment. Over the past 16 years, GreenChill Partners have avoided emissions of around 599 metric tons of ozone-depleting substances and almost 110 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. This is roughly equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from consuming over 12 billion gallons of gasoline. 

This year, EPA is proud to recognize the following GreenChill Partner companies: 

Best Emissions Rate 

Ashland Food Co-Op (Ashland, Ore.)  Meijer (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 

Most Improved Emissions Rate 

Brookshire Grocery Company (Tyler, Texas) 

Superior Goal Achievement  

Ashland Food Co-Op (Ashland, Ore.)  Brookshire Grocery Company (Tyler, Texas)  Food Lion (Salisbury, N.C.)  The GIANT Company (Carlisle, Pa.)  Hannaford (Scarborough, Maine)  King Kullen (Bethpage, N.Y.)  Weis Markets (Sunbury, Pa.) 

Exceptional Goal Achievement 

Ashland Food Co-Op (Ashland, Ore.)  Food Lion (Salisbury, N.C.) 

GreenChill’s Store Certification Program recognized stores for meeting strict performance criteria including refrigeration systems with minimal potential impacts on the ozone layer and climate system. This year’s GreenChill Store Certification recognitions honor: 

Store Leadership 

Kwik Trip in La Crosse, Wis., is being honored as the first convenience store to receive a GreenChill Certification.  

Store Certification Excellence  

ALDI (Batavia, Ill.) earned recognition for certifying 628 GreenChill Certified Stores over the past year, more stores than any supermarket chain has previously achieved, all of which were at the highest Platinum-Level Certification.  Hillphoenix (Conyers, Ga.) achieved this recognition for the 11th consecutive year as the commercial systems manufacturer with the most systems installed in GreenChill Certified Stores in the last year.  

Store Recertification Excellence 

ALDI – A total of 109 locations across California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, and Wisconsin achieved GreenChill Store Certification for five consecutive years.  Hannaford – The Turner, Maine, store achieved GreenChill Store Certification for 10 consecutive years.  Meijer – The Marysville, Ohio, store achieved GreenChill Store Certification for five consecutive years.  Publix Super Markets – Five locations in Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina achieved five-year recertifications.   Target Two stores in Florida and Illinois achieved GreenChill Store Certification for five consecutive years.  Weis Markets The Danville, Pennsylvania, store achieved GreenChill Store Certification for five consecutive years. 

About the GreenChill Program 

GreenChill’s Partnership is a voluntary program for food retailers committed to leading the transition out of ozone-depleting refrigerants, reducing refrigerant emissions, and adopting improved refrigeration management practices and technologies. The goals of the GreenChill Partnership are to provide food retailers and other industry stakeholders with information and assistance to transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, lower refrigerant charge sizes, eliminate refrigerant leaks, implement best environmental practices, and adopt green refrigeration technologies.  

Since GreenChill launched in 2007, many food retailers have joined the Corporate Emissions Reduction Program (the Partnership) with the number of stores nearly tripling from 4,500 to more than 13,000 stores today in all 50 states. The Partnership represents more than one-third of the U.S. food retail industry.

GreenChill’s Store Certification Program for food retailers continues to grow. In 2022, there were nearly 900 GreenChill Certified Stores throughout the nation. Since it began in 2008, the GreenChill Store Certification Program has issued more than 4,400 annual certifications to over 1,300 individual stores.  

Learn more about GreenChill and today’s recognition recipients.  

- Region 09

HONOLULU – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the Joint Task Force-Red Hill (JTF-RH) Defueling Preparedness Report outlining how safe defueling will proceed at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. JTF-RH must begin defueling operations within 15 calendar days once the Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) approves moving forward with the defueling process.

"EPA’s approval of the joint task force report is a significant milestone in the process to safely defuel Red Hill,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Martha Guzman. "This decision reflects our collaborative efforts with Hawai‘i Department of Health to work with the Department of Defense on ensuring the closure of the facility and protection of the area’s drinking water. This work is critical to safeguarding public health and the environment on Oahu.”

Under the June 2023 Consent Order on Red Hill, the EPA required JTF-RH to submit the Defueling Preparedness Report prior to the start of defueling. The report certifies that:

All repairs, operational changes, and training have been completed as prescribed under the DOD’s defuel plan. All repairs have gone through proper third-party quality assurance verification. Navy Region Hawai‘i has updated their Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan to EPA’s satisfaction. EPA has approved JTF-RH’s updated Facility Response Plan. Tank tightness testing of sumps within the lower access tunnel has been completed.

During defueling, EPA will be onsite and on-call for the duration of the operation to provide technical assistance and monitor for any anomalies in the defueling process.

In addition, the EPA will participate in a JTF-RH Defueling Open House to be held today from 4-6 p.m. HT at the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Memorial Hall located in Keʻehi Lagoon Memorial Park, 2685 North Nimitz Highway, in Honolulu. The open house allows JTF-RH and relevant state and federal agencies to engage with community leaders and members of the public and provide updates on the defueling status. In addition, on Wednesday, October 4, the EPA will take part in the first convening of the Community Representation Initiative focused on plans for defueling.

Following the November 2021 contamination of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s drinking water system, the Hawai‘i Department of Health issued an emergency order to the Navy that required the Navy to cease all operations at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and defuel and close the 20 underground storage tanks, surge tanks, and associated piping.

The Secretary of Defense ordered the closure of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility and, subsequently, the United States Indo-Pacific Command established JTF-RH to carry out that order.

DOH then issued a superseding order on May 6, 2022. In June 2023, the EPA finalized an Administrative Consent Order with the Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency that requires the safe defueling and closure of the Red Hill facility. The actions required by the consent order support DOH’s emergency order and require the Navy and DLA to minimize risks from the movement of fuel throughout the Red Hill facility during defueling and closure.

Read the EPA Letter of Approval of RHBFSF Defueling Preparedness Report.

Read the Final 2023 Consent Order and Statement of Work on EPA's website.

Read about EPA’s work at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility in Hawai‘i.

Learn more about EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region. Connect with us on Facebook and on X.

- Region 04

ATLANTA (October 3, 2023) — On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a press event highlighting two milestones in the cleanup of the Westside Superfund Site, including an investment of $30 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funds to advance the cleanup and the graduation of 20 local residents who have completed the Superfund Job Training Initiative (SuperJTI) program.


Press event to highlight Westside Superfund Site cleanup progress and job training graduates

WHEN AND WHERE:         

Thursday, October 5, 2023

5:15 – 5:30 p.m. EST – Meet at the site of a property that has recently been cleaned up where reporters will have an opportunity to take photos and ask questions

719 Cameron Madison Alexander Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

5:45 – 7:30 p.m. EST – SuperJTI graduation

New Life Covenant Church, 575 Travis St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Reporters will have an opportunity to interview graduates before the 6 p.m. ceremony start


EPA Acting Regional Administrator Jeaneanne Gettle

Caroline Freeman, EPA Region 4 Superfund and Emergency Management Division Director

Alexis Rourk Reyes, EPA Superfund Redevelopment Program Manager

Atlanta Councilman Byron Amos (District 3)

Ebony Ford, Director, Corporate and Community Engagement, Quest CDC

Tamikia Shumpert, Housing Case Manage, Quest CDC

Rosemerry Redd, Director of Workforce Readiness, Integrity CDC

Pastor Timothy Rodgers, New Life Covenant Church

*** Interested media must RSVP via email to to confirm your participation by COB Wednesday, October 4, 2023.