March 17, 2023

Join Rachel McShane, Tia Jeter, Kevin Jensen, and Spencer LaBelle at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI’s) Spring 2023 Safety & Environmental Conference (ISEC), May 16-18, in St. Louis.

ISEC is the most comprehensive source of up-to-date information and guidance concerning safe operations and environmental compliance in the recycled materials industry. EHS and Operations professionals from across the industry share lessons learned, best practices, and much more.

Come learn from the industry leaders in EHS and operations, participate in Q&A, offer your expertise to others in open discussions, and leave with actionable plans to implement in your organization. Conference topics will include:

  • Preventive Technology
  • Environmental Update
  • EV Battery Handling, Storage, and Transportation
  • Hazard Recognition – Fire Safety in the Recycled Materials Industry
  • Industrial Hygiene / Combustible Dust / Respirable Dust
  • Lithium Battery Handling, Storage, and Transportation
  • Organizational Culture and Safety
  • OSHA Regulatory Update
  • Radiation Myths and Facts
  • Reasonable Suspicion
  • Small Systematic Approach to EHS (non-certification)
  • Transportation Update

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Posted by Laura Dorn at 11:50 am

August 27, 2018

A few years ago, an engineer working for a“friend’s plant” chose to replace their  evaporative condenser with an adiabatic condenser. On the surface, the choice seemed like a good idea since  adiabatic condensers often provide higher heat rejection with lower water and electricity usage. The condenser was purchased and installed, but all was not well. When not carefully considered, replacing equipment or control programs can have unforeseen consequences such as negative impacts on operational safety.

In this real life example the author examines what information would have made a big difference and significant savings had the right questions been asked.

Click to read this article and others written for those in industries using ammonia refrigeration.




Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:03 am

February 20, 2017

Understanding and correcting typical Tier II deficiencies may help companies with hazardous chemical reporting obligations avoid the recently increased penalties.


On March 1, each year facilities that use hazardous chemicals in specific quantities must file an EPCRA Tier II report identifying the chemicals with the State Emergency Response Commission, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and the local fire department.

Easy to avoid mistakes and omissions in Tier II filings may lead to civil penalties of as much as $54.8K per day. Most cited violations involve just a few common chemicals such as ammonia, sulfuric acid inside equipment, and an EHS that is a component of mixtures. These are often overlooked or thought to be exempt from reporting because the threshold for reporting may be low.

Rather than risk non-compliance, ask the professionals at SCS Engineers about common chemical thresholds, voluntary self-disclosure, and EPA’s audit policies.

Read our most recent EPCRA Technical Bulletin, or contact us at .

Posted by Diane Samuels at 3:00 am