Small Business Advisor - November 2020

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Small Business Advisor - November 2020

Joint Great Lakes Graphics Association and DNR Webinars: Hazardous Waste Requirements

Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA) is hosting a joint webinar series with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide training on hazardous waste management requirements with a focus on the printing sector.   

Registration is free; click the links below to register for each in the series.  If you cannot make the scheduled live webinar, register and you will be notified when the recorded webinar is available to view. 

A brief description of each session follows: 

SESSION ONE: Introduction to WI Hazardous Waste Requirements  -  This session will provide an introduction to the WI Department of Natural Resources hazardous waste program staff and structure, new website and guidance documents, and a brief overview of common violations found at printing facilities in the state followed by a general hazardous waste, universal waste, and use oil management overview.       

SESSION TWO: Waste Determinations and Land Disposal Restrictions  -  This session will provide information needed to make a waste determination, the associated documentation and recordkeeping. A waste determination exercise will be used to point out common errors and issues.

SESSION THREE: Generator Status and Episodic Generation  -  This session will provide requirements for waste counting and determining generator category including the episodic generation provision, LQG consolidation of VSQG wastes and other generator improvement rule changes.

SESSION FOUR: HW Management, Transport and Reporting  -  This session will provide requirements for waste accumulation, labeling, shipping and transport with an exercise on using a hazardous waste manifest.  The session will include an overview on how to prepare for 2020 annual reporting and new rule notification requirements for SQGs and LQGs using the EPA Form 8700-12.

SESSION FIVE: HW Inspections and Recordkeeping  -  This session will provide an overview of the DNR hazardous waste inspection process and what to expect when inspected including COVID Protocols. The DNR will provide an inspector’s perspective on the records request and review, and examples of emergency preparedness violations.

SESSION SIX: HW Tanks, exemptions & hazardous secondary materials (HSM)  -  This session will provide requirements for hazardous waste tanks and tank systems, exemptions and hazardous secondary material examples and benefits for printing operations. 

Wisconsin Asbestos Conference/webinar on December 4

The annual Wisconsin Asbestos Conference is taking place this year in a webinar format. It is scheduled for Friday, December 4, 2020, 9-10:30 a.m. and is free to register.

Get updates from OSHA and WisCon Safety Consultation, DNR, Department of Health Services and City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services. You can test your asbestos compliance knowledge in interactive polls.

Register online now.  Each person from a company who wants to participate should register separately as the link you receive is unique to the individual completing the registration.

EPA releases final chemical risk evaluation for Trichloroethylene

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final risk evaluation for trichlorethylene (TCE). Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA is required to evaluate the risks associated with exposure to existing chemicals in commerce using the best available science then take action to address any unreasonable risks identified. These final risk findings complete the risk evaluation process required by TSCA for TCE.

EPA used feedback received from the public and the scientific peer review process carried out by the Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals to inform the final risk evaluation. The final risk evaluation for TCE shows that there are unreasonable risks to workers, occupational non-users, consumers, and bystanders for 52 out of 54 conditions of use. Two conditions of use (distribution in commerce and consumer use in pepper spray) do not present an unreasonable risk. EPA also found no unreasonable risks to the environment.

The next step in the process required by TSCA is developing a plan to address the unreasonable risks found in the final risk evaluation. EPA is moving immediately to risk management for this chemical and will work to propose and finalize actions to protect workers, occupational non-users, consumers, and bystanders.

There is a range of potential actions EPA could take to address these risks, including regulation of how the chemical is used, limiting or prohibiting the manufacture, processing, distribution in the marketplace, use, or disposal of this chemical, as applicable. As with any chemical product, EPA strongly recommends that users of products containing TCE continue to carefully follow all instructions on the product’s label and safety data sheet.

View the TCE final risk evaluation and supporting documents.


TCE is used as a solvent in industrial and commercial applications and as a reactant in the manufacturing of other chemical substances. Common commercial uses of TCE are as a solvent in vapor degreasing, dry cleaning, spot cleaners, stain removers, and adhesives and sealants. Consumer uses include adhesives, degreasers, and cleaners.

Learn more about the risk evaluation process required by TSCA: