Resources for manufacturers
The purpose of this page is to provide resources pertaining to manufacturing regulations, including Environmental Health and Safety regulations. Please send suggested additions to these resources to Eileen De Guire.
Hazardous air pollutants
Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT)
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)
The Clean Air Act 1990 amendment established the level of control required by MACT. West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection describes the standards: “While the standards for major sources of [hazardous air pollutants] developed per this section are also designated as NESHAPs, they are established according to MACT requirements. MACT is a technology-based standard, as opposed to the original conception of NESHAPs as a risk-based standard.” Ohio’s EPA explains standards are set: “When developing a MACT standard for a particular source category, U.S. EPA looks at the level of emission control currently being achieved by the best-performing similar sources through various control methods, such as clean processes, control devices and work practices. These emission levels set a baseline, often referred to as the ‘MACT floor,’ for the MACT standard.”
- EPA NESHAP/MACT Final Rules
- Ohio EPA
- West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
- DOE Boiler MACT
Respirable crystalline silica
From the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website: “OSHA has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.”
Its “key provisions” are:
- Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.
- Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
- Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.
Toxic Substances Control Act
This act provides the EPA with the authority to regulate and restrict chemical substances. The act was originally passed in 1976 and was just updated in 2016.
- American Foundry Association Government Affairs Conference, June 20–21, 2017 | Washington, DC | afsinc.org
- Read report (pdf) from attendee at 2016 Government Affairs Conference
|ARTICLES, PRESENTATIONS, REPORTS|
- “New respirable silica dust regulations will require changes in workplaces,” by John Keaser, American Ceramic Society Bulletin, pp 32–33 Vol. 95, No. 8 (2016)
- “The legal challenge to OSHA’s crystalline silica rule,” Modern Casting, pp 30–32 Vol. 106, No. 6 (2016)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration Law and Regulations
- Environmental Protection Agency Regulatory Information by Sector
- Department of Energy
- Glass Manufacturing Industry Council
- National Association of Manufacturers
- Alliance for American Manufacturing
- The Refractories Institute
- National Brick Research Center
- Brick Industry Association
- American Foundry Society
- HTIW Coalition (representing North America’s high-temperature insulation wool industry)
- About HTIW (pdf)
- ECFIA (Trade association for European high-temperature wool industry)
- About ECFIA (pdf)