September 2014

Welcome

September 2014

Welcome to the EHS Journal. This international online magazine was designed for and by environmental, health and safety professionals for the purpose of sharing knowledge and facilitating discussion within our profession. Since our launch in January 2010, we have published articles and images from more than 200 contributors in 30 countries.
We are actively seeking new articles! See the Submission Guidelines for more information and submit your articles and comments to the EHS Journal today…

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Featured Articles

New Reporting Requirements for Serious Injuries and Fatalities Announced by U.S. OSHA New Reporting Requirements for Serious Injuries and Fatalities Announced by U.S. OSHA

On September 11, 2014, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new requirements for reporting severe injuries and fatalities. It also updated the list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements. The new reporting requirements go into effect on January 1, 2015.   Summary OSHA’s final rule* requires employers to notify
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Sustainability by the Numbers, Trends and Analysis Sustainability by the Numbers, Trends and Analysis

  There was a time when corporations treated sustainability as nothing more than the topic du jour of environmental activists, or an issue they recognized only because the law required it. But today’s corporate sustainability practices have undergone a remarkable shift. Now, sustainability is being integrated into the bottom-line of businesses. Leading global companies have
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Safety Professionals: Focused on the Wrong Things? Safety Professionals: Focused on the Wrong Things?

  Since the advent of the Safety function, safety professionals have been borrowing tools from other disciplines and building practices based on data gleaned from the earliest research in industrial psychology. For some, these most basic practices and methods are cherished and to suggest that any change to these is tantamount to heresy. For others,
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Protecting Workers from Underground Hazards Protecting Workers from Underground Hazards

Americans strike underground utilities about once per minute on average according to a report last year by the Common Ground Alliance, a group of utilities, fire marshals, and others interested parties focuses on protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them. Perhaps you heard one of these stories: In February
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Company President Sentenced to Prison for Safety Violations Company President Sentenced to Prison for Safety Violations

A company president in the United States has been sentenced to serve up to 20 years in prison for his role in safety deficiencies that caused the death of two men. The prison sentence is in addition to a US$ 1.2 million penalty levied against the company in 2010 and a personal penalty of US$
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Conflict Minerals: Tips for Environmental Leaders Conflict Minerals: Tips for Environmental Leaders

  This is the last in a series of EHS Journal articles designed to provide meaningful background and guidance on Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals (DFCM).  Other articles in the series include: Preface: 5 Myths About Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Part 1: U.S. Conflict Minerals: Background and Proposed Rule Part 2: Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed? Part
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Sustainability

EHS Managers: The Evolution from Necessary Evil to Vital Leaders EHS Managers: The Evolution from Necessary Evil to Vital Leaders

Considering the dedication most companies now have to environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance and the extra sustainability initiatives they pursue, it’s hard to imagine a time when businesses treated such matters as burdensome obligations. But such a time existed not long ago; so recently, in fact, that many EHS managers can recall it with
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Analysis, News and Notes

Health Canada Seeking Comments on Proposed GHS Regulation Health Canada Seeking Comments on Proposed GHS Regulation

Canada’s efforts to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) moved forward on August 8th with Health Canada’s release of proposed Hazardous Products Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for public comment. Interested parties may submit comments in writing to Health Canada by September 8, 2014. Comments on affected
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Health and Safety

Safety: Making a Difference Safety: Making a Difference

Most of the time when the public hears about safety programs, it’s either in the context of some tragedy, or it’s presented as boring numbers. For example, the number of workplace fatalities over time:     This graphic should evoke an emotional response in each of us, but it usually passes across our desk with
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Take A Break

Improving the Quality of Phase I ESA Reports Improving the Quality of Phase I ESA Reports

This article provides practical tips for improving Phase I environmental due diligence reports. Great advice for new and experienced practitioners.

Environmental Management

E-Waste: Health Impacts in Developing Countries E-Waste: Health Impacts in Developing Countries

Electronic waste (E-Waste) has become a critical global environmental health issue due to the large and growing volume of E-Waste found in the market place and insufficient management policies in many countries (Ogunseitan et. al. 2009). This article reviews the public health impacts associated with E-Waste management in developing countries and outlines recommendations to further
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Quick Reads

India: Public Health and Environmental Contamination India: Public Health and Environmental Contamination

A lot of progress has been made in India in the past decade in terms of improving the environment and associated impacts on human health, but a lot of work still needs to be done. In rural India, for example, obvious environmental problems with clear adverse health impacts are often allowed to exist without intervention. As the following photographs
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Climate Change

Solar Roadways: Revolution or SciFi Fantasy? Solar Roadways: Revolution or SciFi Fantasy?

Take a break and watch this entertaining video about solar powered roadways. Developers hope to use this technology to convert parking lots and roads to solar collectors with programmable lane markings, sport court outlines, etc.

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India E-Waste Market and Vendors India E-Waste Market and Vendors

Electronic waste (E-Waste) is generated from old, discarded or obsolete electronic products. E-Waste can be toxic in nature because it contains hazardous metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. In India as well as other developing countries, the majority of electronic products are not recycled, which poses a serious environmental and health risk. E-Waste in
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Auditing

ISO 45001:2016 – New Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard ISO 45001:2016 – New Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard

ISO recently announced that ISO Committee ISO/PC 283 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems, has been formed with an objective to develop and publish an international standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) based on OHSAS 18001. The new standard will be known as ISO 45001. At the first meeting of the committee ISO/PC
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Popular Posts

Static Electricity Gasoline Explosion Static Electricity Gasoline Explosion

Take a break and watch this short video showing how static electricity can have disastrous results at the gas station. The video also provides advice on what to do the next time you fill up at the pump.