Senate Streamlines Background Checks For Waste Management Operators
Manning Bill Enlists Advanced Technology To Improve Reporting
April 24, 2012
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The Ohio Senate today approved a measure to greatly improve the way Ohio's solid, hazardous and infectious waste industries perform employee background checks. Senate Bill 302, sponsored by State Senator Gayle Manning (R - North Ridgeville) calls for the same innovative, cutting-edge technology that is employed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to be utilized by the state's Environmental Background Investigation Unit (EBIU). Currently, required criminal checks can sometimes take as long as 18 months to reach the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Under the passed legislation, results could be received as quickly as 24-hours, with the use of the Retained Applicant Fingerprint Database Information Exchange (also known as RAPBACK). This is the same technology being used for the required background checks of Ohio's teachers. "The time for reform is long overdue in regards to Ohio's hazardous and infectious waste industries," Manning said. "In order for job creators and businesses to thrive, it is important that we set forth a process that gets the job done while also ensuring efficiency and accuracy." Ohio is home to roughly 175 facilities that must comply with current EBIU regulations. Additionally, approximately 130 hazardous or solid waste facilities, as well as a number of scrap tire and infectious waste facilities, are subject also to the current environmental background investigation statutes. Key employees will also be required to submit a waiver for a FBI background check in order to ensure the absence of any federal criminal activity. "Passage of this bill was only made possible through the efforts of both public and private sector officials," said Manning. "I am encouraged that this collaboration will be ongoing and confident that the measure will be of great help to small business owners across the state."
Senator Gayle Manning represents the 13th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Lorain and Huron counties and eastern portions of Seneca County. Her office can be reached by phone at (614) 644-7613 or by e-mailing
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