As with any business, compliance with the numerous government agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is essential for employee safety and security, as well as to protect the earth and its natural resources.
Recently, the Obama administration has decided to increase the amount of time states have to comply with proposed regulations relating to greenhouse gas pollution and their effect on the surrounding population.
The EPA will now allow states two more years, until 2022, to begin pollution cuts, although the standards may be more stringent as a result.
Reducing the amount of pollution caused by coal-fired power plants is a central component of the administration for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gases.
The plan, originally formulated in June 2014, said that states must develop a strategy for dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants by 2022. Under newly revised proposals, states will be offered incentives to expand the use of renewable sources as well as their energy efficiency programs to ease into the transitioning plan.
EPA compliance is monitored through implementation of monitoring strategies within a workplace, on-site inspections, evaluations, and investigations and off-site monitoring through data collection, oversight and program coordination.
One of the best ways to ensure EPA guidelines are met is by completing inspector training and support in your business.
In addition, being aware of other safety measures is also key. Using e-learning videos such as “Environmental Responsibility and Management Systems” and checking out new information on government websites is an important part of the safety of your employees.
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