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GreenUp Academy Weekly Webinar Schedule (Nov 12-16, 2018)

GreenUp Academy Weekly Webinar Schedule

How to Respond to a Registrar Nonconformity Correctly the First Time?

2-hour Live Webinar:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018:  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Friday, November 16, 2018: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

You’ve had your ISO audit, and now you have some nonconformities. The lead auditor asked you to submit corrective actions, and you are not sure how to create them or the corrective actions you submitted to your Registrar have been rejected by your lead auditor. With many less than favorable circumstances, join us to put an end to these scenarios! In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Generate your corrective action plan with proper root cause analysis, correction, corrective action and verification
  • Eliminate any rejection from your Registrar and lead auditor
  • Train the people in your company to generate adequate and effective corrective action plans to minimize waste of time and energy
  • Avoid most common mistakes when generating corrective action plans for your management system nonconformities
  • Implement your corrective actions effectively to eliminate recurring of the same issues


Stormwater Regulatory Compliance

2-hour Live Webinar:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

Thursday, November 15, 2018: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Thursday, November 15, 2018: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

With the widespread confusion regarding the applicability of stormwater regulations to industrial operations, we get many questions pertaining to following:

  • Can we store this dumpster outside, uncovered?
  • Does the “No Exposure” certification apply to us?
  • Why do we need a general permit?
  • What stormwater best practices do you recommend?
  • How do we comply with our stormwater general permit?

Join us this week and, let’s find answers together.


Live Interview with ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditors

1-hour Live Interview:

Thursday, November 15, 2018:  10:30 am – 11:30 am EST

Join us in this live interview with two (2) internationally accredited ISO management systems lead auditors while they share their combined experience of over 40 years in the field. With a list of pre-compiled questions, including:

  • ISO 14001 certification and surveillance audits behind the scenes
  • Most common nonconformities
  • Most common confusion among certified clients
  • Best practices
  • Tips on effective implementation of ISO Standards, etc.,

you are highly encouraged to ask all your individual questions regarding your ISO system, audits and much more…

Get an hour all access consulting pass with two experts who have experienced all aspects of the EHS world.



Live Webinar: “EPCRA TRI (Form R) Reporting Basics”


Webinar Description

  • This is a 2-hour live webinar.
  • Cheat sheets, online resources and other useful tools will  be provided where applicable
  • In addition to theory, this webinar will also focus on the application and working knowledge of EPCRA  Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements in order to help you on how to apply the theory into practice.
  • This webinar will address the basic TRI reporting requirements.
  • This webinar will be facilitated by industry experts, who are actively working with numerous clients on their environmental regulatory compliance needs.
  • Each participant will receive a webinar attendance certificate. There will be one certificate issued per order.
  • Each webinar comes with handouts for the presentation, recorded webinar link and sample documents or exercices (where applicable).
  • Come join our webinar and let’s prevent potential environmental regulatory violations and management systems nonconformities.

Webinar Contents:

  • Background about EPCRA TRI (Form R) reporting requirements applicable to general industry
  • Basic key areas
  • Most recent changes where applicable
  • EPCRA Section 313 TRI reporting criteria and reporting basics
  • Most commonly found errors on TRI reports
  • How to properly submit a TRI report
  • Most common EPCRA TRI  violations
  • Exercices and real life scenarios

Who should attend?

  • Environmental Coordinators, Specialists, Managers
  • Environmental Management Representatives from companies that either are ISO 14001 certified or the ones that are getting ready for ISO 14001 certification
  • Corporate Environmental Staff
  • Responsible officials at the facilities who will be signing the Tier II reports
  • Staff/Employees or other third party responsible of the Tier II program and reporting

GreenUp Academy Courses and Webinars:

Last Call for May 21-23, 2018 ISO 14001:2015 Implementation & Internal Auditor Course

Dolphins racing with our boat

Last call for May 21-23 ISO 14001:2015 Implementation and Internal Auditor Training in Daytona Beach, FL! Join us for an outside of the box training session!

Have an amazing breakfast and a huge variety of tasty snacks throughout the day! 

Enjoy the session while sipping your beverage or delicious crafted coffee combined with breathtaking views of the ocean… If you want a pina colada or a margarita instead, that’s ok too…

Practice an internal audit while touring the beautiful intercoastal waters  of Daytona, watching the dolphins racing with the boat, observing the pelicans’ impressive dive for fresh fish and beautiful manatees cruising right by your boat… Learn while you relax and enjoy yourself…

Learn it directly from an active third party lead auditor and consultant…   It’s ok to be different…

It’s ok to do it differently… Just try…  The effectiveness of this training has already been proven numerous times. The implementation and audit results reported by our actual attendees, the testimonials and the success rate say it all… Come see it yourself…

Extend your stay and spend the weekend in Daytona…

Check out the testimonials here

Register here

Solvent – Contaminated Wipes Exclusion from RCRA Hazardous Waste Regulations

The rags and wipes that are contaminated with a solvent have always been a question mark for so long when it comes to proper disposal. I’ve observed lack of knowledge in  numerous companies in different sectors U.S. wide. For some small businesses, the cost was an issue, and in some cases, the confusion regarding the proper disposal was overwhelming and frustrating.

Industrial wipes have a wide range of application, and they come in different shape, material and size. These wipes are used in so many different industries from auto and chemical manufacturers to machine shops for cleaning and other purposes.

Whenever non-hazardous waste is mixed with hazardous waste, the mixture becomes hazardous waste. These wipes, in most cases, are and must be disposed as hazardous waste following the Federal Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the appropriate State hazardous waste regulations.

In July 31, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that created a conditional exemption for solvent-contaminated wipes. Before we move on, let’s quickly look at couple of important definitions (listed in 40 CFR 260.10):

Wipe: means a woven or non-woven shop towel, rag, pad, or swab made of wood pulp, fabric, cotton, polyester blends, or other material.

Solvent-contaminated wipe means a wipe that, after use or after cleaning up a spill, either:

  • Contains one or more of the F001 through F005 solvents
  • Exhibits a hazardous characteristic when that characteristic results from a listed solvent or
  • Exhibits only the hazardous waste characteristic of ignitability due to the presence of solvents that are not listed.

Let’s explore some more:

  • It applies to two categories of wipes: reusables, which are laundered or dry cleaned and used again; and disposables, which are disposed in a landfill or combustor.
  • As long as the solvent-contaminated wipes meet the conditions of the exclusions, they are not considered hazardous waste under RCRA.
  • A waste has to be a “Solid waste” first to be considered a “hazardous waste”. The solvent-contaminated wipes sent for cleaning (i.e. laundering or dry cleaning) and the ones sent for disposal (i.e. landfilling or incineration) are excluded from RCRA under “reusable wipes” and disposable wipes” exclusions respectively.

Yes, there is a catch: The solvent-contaminated wipes must be managed in a certain way so that companies can take advantage of these exclusions. Here are some of the requirements:

  • Containers must be labeled “Excluded Solvent-Contaminated Wipes.”
  • Wipes must be accumulated, stored, and transported in non-leaking, closed containers that can contain free liquids, should they occur.
  • Wipes can be accumulated up to 180 days.
  • Free liquids removed from the wipes must be managed adequately following applicable RCRA regulations.
  • Solvent-contaminated wipes that are hazardous due to the presence of trichloroethylene are not eligible for the disposable wipes exclusion.
  • Solvent-contaminated wipes that contain listed hazardous waste other than solvents, or exhibit the characteristic of toxicity, corrosivity, or reactivity due to contaminants other than solvents, are not eligible for the exclusions.

There are some more requirements. For more details on these requirements, please check out the summary table posted on EPA’s website:

Wipes Rule Summary Chart

So far, we’ve been talking about an exemption at a Federal level, right? Well, considering the fact that most states are authorized to implement their own hazardous waste programs, how will you know whether your state adopted this federal exemption or not?

Right before, I answer this question, I would like to underline first that for a State to be authorized to have their own hazardous waste regulations, they have to, at a minimum, meet the Federal requirements. We already know that. Now, the solvent-contaminated wipe exclusion is a less stringent requirement at a Federal level, and the States are allowed to not to adopt this rule, and maintain their most stringent hazardous waste rules regarding these wipes. Having said that, definitely check with your State first in order to adequately manage solvent-contaminated wipes and to stay compliant. EPA created a page to facilitate this. Check this out:

Which State adopted the Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Final Rule?

Frequently Asked Questions about Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Rule

News Release for the Solvent – Contaminated Wipes Rule from the EPA

If you want to know more about hazardous waste and/or universal waste regulations, take a look at GreenUp Academy’s:

To see our entire course and webinar schedule, click here!

Let us know what you think. Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: This post is not meant to be legal advice in any way. The goal was just to discuss an exemption of RCRA implemented by the US EPA. Please refer to your attorney or legal department for any legal advice.

Live Environmental Webinars


We would like to share our weekly webinar schedule for next week, April 16-20, 2018. We added brand new webinars to our schedule. Please see below.

GreenUp Academy also offers on-site company and workforce customized Environmental, Health, Safety Regulatory and Management Systems Training Courses. Please let us know which training course you would like to see on our schedule.

Let’s do it right the first time!

GreenUp Team

GreenUp Academy Live Webinar Schedule for April 16-20, 2018

ISO 14001:2015 6-Hour Implementation Webinar:

Monday, April 16 at 9 am – 4:30 pm ET

How to Identify the Context of Your Organization per ISO 14001:2015?  NEW!!!

Monday, April 16 at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET

Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm ET

Protecting Workplace Health & Safety of the Temporary Employees: Who is responsible?  NEW!!!

Tuesday, April 17 at 8:30 am – 9:30 am ET

How to Manage Universal Waste? 

Tuesday, April 17 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

Q & A session with an ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor: Discover behind the scenes facts of an ISO 14001 audit, and get answers to your burning questions   NEW!!!

Tuesday, April 17 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Wednesday, April 18 at 8:00 am – 9:00 am ET

Wednesday, April 18 at 9:10 am – 10:10 am ET

Thursday, April 19 at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET

Friday, April 20 at 8:00 am – 9:00 am ET

Friday, April 20 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

Environmental Aspect Evaluation with Life Cycle Perspective   NEW!!!

Tuesday, April 17 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

Thursday, April 19 at 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET

ISO 14001:2015 – How to Master a Smooth Transition?

Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm ET

Friday, April 20 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

Senior Management ISO 14001:2015 Responsibilities

Wednesday, April 18 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Wednesday, April 18 at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET

Hazardous Waste Management Simplified

Thursday, April 19 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Friday, April 20 at 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ET

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