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- The Risks and Challenges of Accrediting EHS and Sustainability Performance
- October 2015
- EHS Auditors: Anonymous Heroes (and She-roes)
- Vehicle Safety: Cars and Motorcycles
- September 2015
- Safety is Job 2?
- Mergers, Acquisitions, and EHS
- August 2015
- USEPA Releases Vapor Intrusion Technical Guidance
- BP Agrees to Settle Deepwater Horizon Claims for $18.7 Billion
Maya Angelou’s wrote, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” In this article, Raymond Kane evaluates the contributions of EHS auditors, who are often unrecognized heroes and she-roes.
With a strong finish, 2015 could prove to be the biggest year ever for mergers and acquisitions (M&A). According to Dealogic, global M&A volume for 2015 stands at US$ 2.9 trillion through the end of July, good for second place behind 2007’s record-setting pace of US$ 3.2 trillion through July of that year. What’s driving this increased activity, and what does it mean for EHS leaders?
On June 11, 2015, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released its long awaited vapor intrusion guidance documents: The Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) Technical Guide for Assessing and Mitigating the Vapor Intrusion Pathway from Subsurface Vapor Sources to Indoor Air (VI Technical Guide), and Technical Guide for Addressing Petroleum Vapor
BP announced July 2, 2015 that its United States Upstream subsidiary has executed agreements with the U.S. federal government and five U.S. Gulf Coast states to resolve claims made by federal, state, and more than 400 local government entities. In the agreement, BP has committed to paying up to US$ 18.7 billion spread over 18 years. Settlement terms are as follows:
We’ve all read self-help books that describe how to deal with difficult people and handle difficult situations in the workplace. In this article, I’d like to examine some of the more difficult people I’ve encountered during environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audits and discuss options for handling these folks. Type One: The Avoider Mantra:
The environmental, health, safety, and sustainability (EHS&S) profession is in the doldrums. Just when we thought we’d survived the recession and sustainability could be embraced, we’re back in the world of cuts and delays. It feels like a return to the 1980s or early 1990s, when a CEO would tell a corporate environmental officer: “I
In the past few decades or so there has been a revolution in third-party programs and standards certifying, recognizing, or accrediting companies’ environmental, health and safety and sustainability performance. This has included numerous International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards and guidelines such as those for Environmental Management (ISO14000), Occupational Health and Safety (ISO45001), and
Take a break and watch these short public safety announcements regarding vehicles and motorcycles. These are great clips for safety talks.
Safety isn’t Job 1, as so often claimed. If safety were Job 1, we’d never leave the house. We’d never cross a street. We’d never get in a car or on a plane. If safety were Job 1, companies would go out of business rather than send employees out to drill for oil, mine iron
The world’s 25 largest environmental consulting (EC) companies accounted for 46% of the total EC market according to the latest data released by Environment Analyst. The data, which reflected financial performance for 2013, showed that the EC market reached an estimated value of US$ 28.7 billion. Overall market revenues in 2013 fell flat after three
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
ABC News reported today that the G7 group of industrial nations had pledged to phase out fossil fuel use by the end of the 21st century. According to the ABC report, the leaders stressed that “deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions” were required. The Wall Street Journal reported that The leaders of the seven
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Ernest Hemingway I’ve always thought that two of the most interesting challenges in one’s career as an EHS professional might be (1) to write an article on effective writing and (2) to give a presentation on effective
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
Some sustainability professionals are lucky. They work for CEOs who, for one reason or another, “get” sustainability. Their CEOs may have been exposed to sustainability issues by their customers, by their predecessors or even by their grandchildren. Some may have made the pilgrimage to Bentonville and taken the oath (though they may not be sure
Take a break and listen to this webinar from the Auditing Roundtable on adult learning and the power of Accelerative Learning. Michael Bittner and Amy McDonald from ERM are the guest speakers. About Accelerative Learning Some of the world’s leading companies use Accelerative Learning (AL) techniques to improve training effectiveness. Not only does training