The Phylmar Group. Inc. Newsletter
June 2016, Issue #77

Welcome to the June 2016 edition of the Phylmar Group e-newsletter.  Federal agencies under the Obama Administration have been working hard to complete rulemakings before the end of the President's term.  The Environmental Protection Agency is no exception, having just published a set of finalized rules to curb emissions of methane, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and toxic air pollutants from the oil and gas industry.   An overview of the new regulations is provided.

Then we take a look at a personal protective equipment (PPE) information database developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The database tool allows users to perform advanced searches of relevant federal standards, associated product types, target occupational groups, basic conformity assessment specifications, and accredited lab information.
If you have a spare moment, feel free to visit the YouTube PhylmarTV channel to find videos covering a variety of topics for the EHS/sustainability professional.
As always, please let us know if there is anything that you'd like us t o cover in future newsletters .
Mark Katchen, CIH
Managing Principal 
The Phylmar Group, Inc.

EPA Releases Final Rules to Reduce Methane, VOC's, and Toxic Air Emissions from Oil/Gas Sector

On 3 June 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued  three final rules that together will curb emissions of methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and toxic air pollutants such as benzene from new, reconstructed and modified oil and gas sources, while providing greater certainty about Clean Air Act permitting requirements for the industry.

The EPA is also starting the process to control emissions from existing sources by issuing for public comment an  Information Collection Request (ICR) that requires companies to provide the information that will be necessary for EPA to reduce methane emissions from existing oil and gas sources.

To read the full article, click here
NIOSH Develops Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information Database

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a  PPE-Info Database  that serves as a compendium of Federal regulations and consensus standards. The purpose of the database is to provide standards developers, manufacturers, purchasers, and end users of PPE with a comprehensive tool which allows general or advanced criteria searches of relevant federal standards, associated product types, target occupational groups, basic conformity assessment specifications, and accredited lab information.

Click here to read about  a few concepts that stakeholders have generated. NIOSH welcomes new ideas as the database grows.
Upcoming EHS Events

Corporate Sustainability Management Conference, Milwaukee, WI, August 2-3, 2016


International Conference on Organic Chemistry, Las Vegas, NV, August 10-11, 2016


National VPPPA Safety and Health Conference, Kissimmee, FL, August 29 - September 1, 2016


Environmental Toxicology and Ecological Risk Assessment, Phoenix, AZ, September 12-13, 2016


EHS Today's Safety Leadership Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 19-21, 2016


Past and Present Research Systems of Green Chemistry, Las Vegas, NV, September 19-21, 2016               

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