Small Business Advisor - January 2019

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Small Business Advisor - January 2019

Updates from DNR Hazardous Waste Program

1) Update on U.S. EPA's e-Manifest system

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the new national electronic manifest (e-Manifest) system on June 30, 2018. The Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest is the form used to document the transport of hazardous waste for off-site treatment, recycling, storage or disposal.

Destination facilities are required to submit final manifests, either hard copy or electronically, to the e-Manifest system. EPA has received over 53,042 paper manifests at its data center to-date, and data entry was expected to start on December 17, 2018. However, while the EPA service center will continue to receive manifests, data entry into the e-Manifest System has been delayed due to the federal shutdown.

During inspections, if the final manifest has not been entered into the e-Manifest system, generators must have initial or final paper copies of completed manifests on-site to demonstrate compliance. Facilities should continue to notify the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources if they do not receive a final manifest, or notification that their manifest is in the e-Manifest system, as confirmation of waste delivery. [Exception reporting requirements are found in ch. NR 662.042 (2), Wis. Adm. Code]

Reminder: Out-of-state manifests initiated after June 30, 2018, no longer need to be submitted to the Wisconsin DNR.

Updates to the functionality of the system and the public access feature are now available. Visit the EPA e-Manifest webpage to subscribe to the listserv and receive messages about the ongoing webinars to roll out new features.

Updated hazardous waste manifest requirements can be found at the DNR manifest page along with EPA waste handler-specific fact sheets (i.e., generators, transporters, etc.). If you have questions about the e-Manifest system, contact Amy Walden at 608-266-0272 or

2) Updated publication: Common Hazardous Waste Violations

The Wisconsin DNR has updated the Common Hazardous Waste Violations publication to include current information and references. This document identifies issues pertaining to the following categories:

  • waste determinations;
  • marking and labeling;
  • accumulation (storage);
  • container management;
  • manifests and land disposal restrictions;
  • emergency preparedness and contingency plans; and
  • training.

These violations can be avoided by setting up standard operating procedures and by training all facility employees and contractors. The categories of violations are outlined in the publication, along with information and resources to help prevent future violations.

For questions related to this publication, contact Mike Ellenbecker, Hazardous Waste Program Coordinator, at 262-884-2342 or

SBDC Training Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

Registration  is now open for this spring’s Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) at UW Steven's Point, offered through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). This 9-week course is great for those considering starting a business, owners of existing businesses struggling to get a handle on all of the details, and those with successful companies they want to grow.

You can find additional information on the website:

Class dates and locations:

  • Stevens Point: February 5 – April 2, Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.
  • Wausau: April 9 – June 4, Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Antigo: April 11 – June 6, Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

If those classes are not in your area, be sure to check out the state website for all offerings:

OSHA Updates

1) Free OSHA Training 

Last recordkeeping workshops before February posting deadline from the WisCon safety consultation program.

Basic OSHA: Injury and Illness Reporting and Recordkeeping Workshop

You can find a full listing of upcoming courses, along with registration links on the website at .

WisCon workshops are provided free of charge to the Wisconsin business community by the University of Wisconsin. This is possible because of a cooperative agreement between UW Madison and federal OSHA under the onsite consultation program. The locations have limited seating, so they encourage prompt registration.


2) New Resources

  • OSHA has revised the requirements for authorized trainers in the Outreach Training Program. These revisions include eliminating the 90-day grace period after a trainer card expires and updating the Trainer Code of Conduct and trainer responsibilities. The program trains workers and supervisors to recognize and prevent safety and health hazards on the job, and to understand workers' rights and employers' responsibilities. The new requirements are effective April 1, 2019.
  • The National Safety Council posted an online version of the Injury Facts reference book for safety statistics. The free resource features a section on workplace safety that includes work-related injury and fatality trends, and how to benchmark an organization's injury and illness incidence rates with national averages. The information is organized into safety topics, such as falls, work-related fatigue, and forklifts.
  • OSHA has a new resource to help employers and workers involved in snow removal operations take precautions and focus on safety. Prior to beginning work, employers should check for worksite hazards, limit roof access for snow removal, train workers on the signs of cold stress, and ensure that powered equipment is used according to the manufacturers' instructions.
  • OSHA has a new rollover protection brochure that provides information in English and Spanish on the safe operation of tractors. It emphasizes the importance of using rollover protective structures and seat belt systems to help reduce worker injuries.


3)  Full Day Training with OSHA and American Society of Safety Professionals

Register now for a full day training on one of 3 key OSHA requirements:  Silica in Construction; Fall Protection in All Industries; Permit Required Confined Spaces.  The event will include both classroom and hands-on training in a state-of-the-art facility on the UW Platteville Campus.  Registration size will be limited to encourage the hands-on learning experience. 

March 21, 2019 – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

For more information and to register: