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SPC Welcomes Sara Coley with the TCEQ in October

Posted: Oct 20, 2018

Sara Coley, Environmental Investigator with the TCEQ in Lubbock speaks at the South Plains Chapter in October.

On October 16th, 2018 the South Plains Chapter welcoming Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Environmental Investigator, Sara Coley.

Sara is part of the Air Permitting team of the TCEQ in the Lubbock office, and she provided an excellent presentation on the roles including Rulemaking, Permitting, Monitoring, Investigations, Enforcement and Emergency Response. She also provided a brief overview of air permitting including Permit by Rule Authorizations, De Minimis Facilities/Sources, New Source Review (NSR) Permits and Standard Permits.

Where to start? If someone is starting a new business or facility and there is a possibility of air emissions, check first to see if it can be classified as “de minimis.” If the facility is listed, registration or authorization prior to construction is not required, see handout.  She also noted that many small operations are not “de minimis” so owners or operators should always verify the correct authorization is acquired prior to start up to avoid violations, see frequency of cited violations below for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

Frequently Cited Violations (FY18)

  • Citation: §382.085, Texas Health & Safety Code, 3253 issued
  • Citation: §122.143, Title V General Terms & Conditions, 2231 issued
  • Citation: §116.115, NSR General & Special Conditions, 1783 issued
  • Citation: §101.20, Compliance with EPA Standards, 484 issued
  • Citation: §122.145, Title V Reporting, 332 issued
  • Citation: §101.201, Emissions Events, 153 issued
  • Citation: §116.615, Standard Permit General Conditions, 145 issued

For more information on Air Permitting and Air Quality check out the TCEQ website at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/permitting/air/air_permits.html

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On behalf of the South Plains Chapter we would like to thank Sara for her very informative presentation, and appreciate her willingness to come out and share her knowledge and expertise with us.

ASSP Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Update and Sept. 25 Open Call on Safety Leadership at 10 a.m.

Posted: Sep 23, 2018

ASSP has created a complimentary WISE membership – 189WISE.  This code is for new members to ASSP only.

ASSP members, please encourage your members to provide the code to anyone interested in joining ASSP and the WISE common interest group.  This code will be valid until November 1.

WISE would also like to invited everyone to their Brunch and Learn Open Call on September 25th at 11 AM EST (10 AM Central) where Jamie Ingalls, DA, MPH will present T.A.C.T.I.C.A.L. Safety Leadership:  The Innovative Approach that Allows You to Be the Leader You Need to Be.  

Dr. Ingalls is the Concept Development Representative at Ferro Productions in Keene, NH and an active member of WISE and the Training/Communication communities.

Click here to read the session description and register!

Members participate in a Construction Walkthrough of the TTU Experimental Science Building II in July.

Posted: Sep 14, 2018

by Renee Witherspoon, CSP, CIH, CHMM, Chapter Treasurer & Webmaster

Flintco highlights its excellent safety record by showcasing its safe scaffolding. OSHA requires tube and coupler scaffolds over 125 feet (38 meters) to be engineered 1926.452(b)(10).

On July 17, 2018 South Plains ASSP (formerly ASSE) chapter members and guests had an opportunity to participate in a construction walkthrough of a new building going up on the Texas Tech Campus.

Professional member and current Chapter Vice President, Jeff Goolsby, CSP, hosted the event.  Jeff is the safety manager for the building contractor Flintco.

Flintco is a leader in safety and touts its strong safety record including its Experience Modifier Rate (EMR) of 0.5 for 2018 which is half of the industry average. At the time of the walkthrough, Jeff stated that his team has gone 630 days without and recordable injury.  He says one of his key safety items he stresses to everyone on his site is having a strong safety glove policy. Jeff continues to emphasis this in his safety meetings and it has paid off for his over 170 contractors and employees currently working on site.

The new 117,000-square-foot Experimental Science Building II will greatly expand the university’s research potential, and will include an animal vivarium, four general wet labs, three instrumentation labs and two synthetic labs, in addition to offices, collaborative spaces and three conference rooms.

According to Texas Tech, its construction was funded by $70 million from the Texas Legislature’s authorization of a tuition revenue bond and $7 million in revenue finance system funds to be repaid by Higher Education Assistance Funds.

On behalf of the South Plains Chapter ASSP we would like to sincerely thank Jeff and Flintco for hosting this informative meeting.