Maintaining EPA and OSHA compliance with CMMS technology

Manufacturing companies can avoid fines from the EPA and OSHA by carefully reviewing applicable regulations and developing processes for maintaining compliant operations.

Industrial oversight organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration pressure manufacturers to maintain production environments that comport with federal and state regulations. Most in the sector work tirelessly to meet these expectations. However, things often slip through the cracks. OSHA issued more than 35,000 violations last year, according to the National Safety Council. Similarly, the EPA collaborated with the Department of Justice to bring more than two dozen criminal cases to court in 2016, most of which centered on violations of the Clean Water Act.

Manufacturing companies can avoid these situations by carefully reviewing applicable regulations and developing processes for maintaining compliant operations.

Clean water and more
The EPA manages eight separate compliance monitoring programs. Manufacturers mostly deal with requirements established in the Clean Air, Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Substances Control Acts. These pieces of legislation were designed to protect the environment and, by extension, the American public from particularly caustic production processes. Each includes specific tracking provisions designed to keep manufacturers in check. For example, the CWA requires that companies design and implement programs for monitoring potential polluters like biosolids and wastewater, as well as related processes such as pretreatment. The TSCA covers similar ground and includes specialized stipulations for dealing with of toxic materials, including asbestos, lead and polychlorinated biphenyls.

"OSHA issued more than 35,000 violations last year."

Safe worksites
OSHA focuses on workplace conditions, instituting regulations meant to protect employees. While a vast majority of OSHA bylaws are applicable across the board, no matter the industry, manufacturers normally pay most attention to those that address hazardous material handling and equipment maintenance practices. Why? Workers are most likely to encounter dangers related to these topics. OSHA is quick to assess violations as a result. For instance, the agency distributed more than 2,400 citations for machine guarding last year.

The optimal solution
Manufacturers have only one option when it comes to addressing these regulations: monitoring. However, this is no easy task for most, especially small-scale operations. That said, there are tools on the market that can make it easier to oversee workflows and maintain compliance. Asset maintenance management systems often work best in these situations, as personnel can keep track of hazardous materials and implement preventive maintenance strategies, addressing disparate regulatory pain points within a single system.

Is your manufacturing company ready to bolster workplace safety and facilitate more environmentally friendly processes? Connect with eRPortal today. Our CMMS solution can move your organization forward and keep you in compliance with the EPA, OSHA and other governance bodies.

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