Permit Required Confined Space

What are Confined Spaces? TAS can assist with Confined Space Entry (CSE) and Confined Space Rescue (CSR).

Confined Spaces Dallas-Fort Worth Texas

Many workplaces have areas that meet OSHA’s definition of “confined spaces” – although certain confined areas are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. A confined space also has limited means for entry or exit. These spaces include areas such as tanks, vessels, vaults, silos, storage bins, silos, hoppers, silos, manholes, pits, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork and pipelines. There may be other examples in your workplace.

When there are additional hazards present, OSHA elevates them to a category of a “permit-required confined space” (permit space). This standard is used to describe a confined space that has other hazards which can have some of the following characteristics: containing or can have or potentially have a hazardous atmosphere. The space can also contain material that may be able to engulf an entrant; has inwardly converging walls or floors that have a downward slope and tapers into a smaller area that may trap or asphyxiate an entrant, an example of this is a silo with a cone bottom (sand, grain, etc..). Other recognized hazards can include exposed live wires, piping into the space that may have liquid or a gas, unguarded machinery or additional machinery that has a hazard requiring locking out of potential energy sources (LOTO).

Confined Space Entry & Rescue

Environmental hazards can also be a factor. Heat stress of the area due to the type of space entered. Boilers, ovens, kilns or areas that lack air flow can contribute to heat stress. The environmental hazard coupled with the need to wear proper PPE all contribute to the added hazard of heat stress for the worker.

Confined Space Safety

Another environmental hazard is the weather. Rain and lightning are examples that may trigger the removal of all entrants from the confined space or the cancellation of a permit. Working in a space that is prone to filling with storm water may be a hazard from rain events several miles upstream. Lightning is a real hazard. For example, working an entry in a tank that previously contained a flammable substance creates an additional hazard that would prohibit entry during a forecasted lightning event.

Stand by Rescue

Off-site rescue service or EMS responders may satisfy the regulatory requirement for rescues but often present significant disadvantages of unrealistic response times. The response time is a collection of factors. Drive time alone is not a reliable, primary factor in determining timing for rescue respondents. The other factors include the attendant recognizing that there is an issue, equipment or gear loading and availability. The initial call out to the rescue team, calling medical teams, initial evaluation, planning the rescue, utilizing PPE and the rescue attempt itself will also factor into response times. Reducing any of these variables can improve the chances of a successful rescue. The collective of these steps can often make calculating a response time very difficult task and essentially an unreliable determination. An on-site, well-trained TAS stand by rescue team will help to eliminate many unknown variables. On-site, prepared and undistracted standby teams minimize response time failure and ensure timely action. TAS Environmental Services, L.P. employs highly skilled EH&S Staff to monitor Confined Space Rescue (CSR) training and on-going education. Our teams are trained on both CSR and CSE. We also train staff on CPR and First Aid in addition to 40 Hour hazwoper training. We can mobilize 24/7/365 to help minimize risk and maximize safety QC when Confined Space Entry (CSE) is necessary. Call us at 888.654.0111 for assistance.

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/3214-10N-05-english-06-27-2007.html

TAS Environmental Services offers the best confined space entry services in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.


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TAS Environmental Services Acquires Delmar Disposal

TAS Environmental Services Acquires Delmar Disposal for Its Second Acquisition in 2017

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX-based TAS Environmental Services acquires Delmar Disposal strengthening its Industrial Division across 4 DFW locations

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TAS Environmental Services, L.P. (“TAS”), a Fort Worth-based environmental services provider and portfolio company of TEAM Partners, LLC, a Dallas, Texas-based private equity firm, announced the acquisition of Delmar Disposal Co. (“Delmar Disposal”), a Dallas-based industrial waste services provider. Delmar is TAS’ second add-on acquisition in 2017 and follows the acquisition of Water Kleen Services in May. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

TAS provides a comprehensive suite of environmental services including, among others, industrial services, emergency response, remediation, transportation, pipeline and terminal services. TAS operates in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Delmar Disposal, founded in 1988, provides environmental and industrial services including wastewater disposal, tank cleaning, grease trap cleaning and related services. Delmar operates a wastewater treatment and recycling facility and was recently recognized by the City of Dallas as a Blue Thumb Award recipient for its contribution in improving the water quality of the Trinity River.

“TAS is pleased to join forces with Delmar Disposal to deepen our commitment to the DFW environmental services market,” said Ed Genovese, TAS President and CEO. “This transaction strengthens our industrial services offering and adds an in-demand, internal recycling asset for TAS. We have tremendous respect for the operation that Delmar has built over the last 30 years and are honored to work with Delmar’s customers and employees going forward. TAS now operates DFW’s largest 24/7 industrial vacuum fleet with over 25 local units and is uniquely positioned to serve the demands of our growing customer base.”

Buddy Ham, owner of Delmar commented, “I am excited to watch Delmar’s next phase of growth under TAS. TAS is a natural home for Delmar as they adhere to our same philosophy of providing exceptional customer service and treating employees well. In addition, TAS will also bring additional resources and services to the customer base.”

David Mann, managing partner of TEAM Partners added, “We are thrilled to welcome Delmar to the TAS platform. This has been an active year for TAS as we have closed two add-on acquisitions in the past six months and opened a new greenfield location in Midland, Texas. Our appetite for future growth remains strong and we will continue to seek additional strategic acquisitions.”

About TAS Environmental Services, L.P.

TAS is a leading regional environmental services company based in Fort Worth, Texas. TAS offers a comprehensive service offering in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas including emergency response, remediation, industrial services, transportation, waste management, pipeline and terminal services. For additional information about TAS and its capabilities, please visit www.taslp.com.

About TEAM Partners, LLC

TEAM is a Dallas-based private investment firm that invests in profitable, family owned and owner-operator businesses generally with up to $100 million in revenue. We focus on opportunities in which we can add value from our strategic, operational and financial resources. Since 2002, our principals have acquired 26 companies across numerous industries including industrial, business services and consumer products. For additional information, please visit www.teampartnersllc.com.

Contact:

For TAS Environmental Services
Ed Genovese, CEO
Phone: (817) 535-7222
Email: egenovese@taslp.com

For TEAM Partners, LLC
David Mann
Phone: 214-621-0192
Email: david@teampartnersllc.com

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EPA Sustainable Materials Management

Multiple Waste Management Streams Are Needed To Ensure Proper Disposal

TAS Environmental Services has become a leader in waste management solutions and as a result, we regularly update our practices to ensure our company is compliant based on EPA sustainable materials management guidelines.

The EPA works with public and private organizations to deliver the best data and non-hazardous materials and waste management hierarchy which highlights multiple approaches to waste management.

To learn more about what the United States Environmental Protection Agency considered the best process for materials management click here.

TAS Project Managers can be used as valuable resources that can help manage potential waste for recycling or reuse. Please contact us at service@taslp.com for more information.

 


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RCRA / DOT Hazardous Waste Management Standards

TAS Training

TAS Environmental has expanded its training program by offering classes at your location or at the facility of your choice. For groups of 15 or more, we can even develop customized instruction so you get the greatest value for your training dollar.

Our RCRA/DOT Hazardous Waste Management Standards workshop improves worker safety while protecting the environment. Our workshops also satisfy the training requirements as defined in 40 CFR 262.34(a) and 265.16. In addition to satisfying federal requirements, our workshops also address state requirements as defined by the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality.

Our workshops are developed to satisfy a number requirements including initial training and annual refresher workshops. We will even develop customized workshops for you should your training needs extend beyond the standard courses. Our workshops also satisfy regulatory requirements according to generator status, including:
Large quantity generators per 30 TAC 335.69(a)(4)(A) and 40 CFR 262.34(a)/40 CFR 265.16 and for small quantity generators managing universal waste streams.

Our Next RCRA / DOT Hazardous Waste Management Standards Workshop will be held April 14th, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at:

Hyatt Place
5900 Cityview Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76132

$249 per person. $199 per person for multiple attendees
from the same company. To register, please complete the
registration form on the next page and forward it to your
TAS Environmental representative.

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Science of Oil Spills Training Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2016

Re-Posted from the Office of Response and Restoration | NOAA

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NOAA‘s Office of Response and Restoration, a leader in providing scientific information in response to marine pollution, has scheduled Science of Oil Spills (SOS) classes in two locations in spring 2016:

  • Mobile, Alabama the week of March 28, 2016
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan the week of May 16, 2016

We will accept applications for these classes as follows:

For the Mobile class, the application period will be open until Friday, January 22. We will notify accepted participants by email no later than Friday, February 5.

For the Ann Arbor class, the application period will be open until Friday, March 11. We will notify accepted participants by email no later than Friday, March 25.

SOS classes help spill responders increase their understanding of oil spill science when analyzing spills and making risk-based decisions. They are designed for new and mid-level spill responders.

These trainings cover:

  • Fate and behavior of oil spilled in the environment.
  • An introduction to oil chemistry and toxicity.
  • A review of basic spill response options for open water and shorelines.
  • Spill case studies.
  • Principles of ecological risk assessment.
  • A field trip.
  • An introduction to damage assessment techniques.
  • Determining cleanup endpoints.

To view the topics for the next SOS class, download a sample agenda [PDF, 170 KB].

Please understand that classes are not filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We try to diversify the participant composition to ensure a variety of perspectives and experiences, to enrich the workshop for the benefit of all participants. Classes are generally limited to 40 participants.

For more information, and to learn how to apply for the class, visit the SOS Classes page.

 


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Making Hazardous Waste Regulations Work for Today’s Marketplace

Re-Posted from EPA Connect | Story by Mathy Stanislaus 

The pace of technology and change in the modern world can be dizzying. As new medicines and treatments are developed, new types of waste emerge. However, our hazardous waste generator regulations were written in the 1980s and haven’t changed much over the years.
Well, today we’re taking steps toward changing that. I’m excited to announce that we are proposing two rules to provide businesses with the certainty and flexibility they need to successfully operate in today’s marketplace.

Over the last 35 years, we’ve heard from states and the regulated community that our hazardous waste generator regulations, which were designed for manufacturing, don’t fit all sectors and especially not the healthcare sector. We’ve listened and these two proposals make a number of updates and improvements to the existing regulations. We have proposed over 60 changes to the regulations to improve the effectiveness of and compliance with the hazardous waste generator program. This includes rearranging some of the generator regulations that had outgrown their original numbering system so it will be easier for facilities of all sizes that generate hazardous waste to find everything they need to know in one place.

The second rule will make it easier for healthcare providers to comply with hazardous waste rules while protecting the nation’s water. We’re proposing to remove the traditional manufacturing-based hazardous waste generator requirements and instead provide a new set of regulations designed to be workable in a healthcare setting while ensuring safe management and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. The primary focus for nurses, doctors and pharmacists is providing healthcare – they are not experts in hazardous waste identification and management. This rule seeks to reduce the burden and increase compliance by proposing a more flexible, common sense approach for healthcare providers and the elimination of unnecessary management practices.

Pharmaceuticals entering the environment, through flushing or other means, are having a negative effect on aquatic ecosystems and on fish and animal populations. Our proposal is keeping pace with today’s environmental issues by banning the sewering, or flushing down the toilet or sink, of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals from healthcare facilities. It is projected to prevent the flushing of more than 6,400 tons of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals annually making our drinking water safer.

In order to keep our world safe and healthy, regulations should not only effectively manage sources of environmental harm, but also be flexible and clear enough for newcomers to understand. The updates and tailoring of the hazardous waste generator regulations by these two proposed rules increases compliance, which then increases environmental benefit. The new rules respond to the needs of both the environment and businesses, benefitting both sides.

Our proposals will be available for public comment online in the coming weeks once they are published in the Federal Register. We’d love to hear your thoughts. To review these proposed rules now, visit: www2.epa.gov/hwgenerators.


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