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- Radiofrequency Exposure Penalty
- November 2015
- EHS Leadership: I’m being acquired…now what?
- USEPA Issues Final Wastewater Effluent Guidelines for Steam Electric Power Generating
- Key Performance Indicators for EHS Audit Programs
- Overview of the 2015 NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
- The Risks and Challenges of Accrediting EHS and Sustainability Performance
- October 2015
- EHS Auditors: Anonymous Heroes (and She-roes)
- Vehicle Safety: Cars and Motorcycles
Do you have wireless cell phone or broadband antennas on your properties? If so, this recent enforcement notice might apply to you. Although the monetary penalty was levied against the telecom company that owned the equipment, the notice highlights safety concerns that might be unmanaged at similar locations.
Contemporary businesses regularly use mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to the extent that, at any given point, many large companies are simultaneously integrating and divesting a portion of their portfolio. While the acquiring company often drives environmental, health, and safety (EHS) integration, EHS leaders for the company being acquired are frequently presented with an opportunity to
This article was adapted from the USEPA web site. Contact the editor if you would be interested in writing an easy-to-read analysis of this rule for publication in the EHS Journal. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on September 30, 2015, finalized a rule revising the regulations for the Steam Electric Power Generating category. The rule sets the
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
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
There continues to be intense discussion in the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audit community over how to evaluate the performance of audit programs. EHS professionals know that simply tracking the number of audit findings yields little meaningful data. This article evaluates key audit program metrics that could be used to better assess audit program performance.
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.
According to Occupational Injuries from Electrical Shock and Arc Flash Events, a report released by the Fire Protection Research Foundation in March 2015, nearly 6,000 fatal electrical injuries to workers occurred in the United States between 1992 and 2013. From 2003 through 2012, more than 24,000 non-fatal electrical injuries occurred. To help prevent injuries and
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?
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
Take a break and watch these short public safety announcements regarding vehicles and motorcycles. These are great clips for safety talks.
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
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
This article is the first in a series of articles about environmental management in India. In this installment, authors Sanjay Sampath and Raakhee Kulkarni provide an overview of the social and environmental challenges facing India now and in the next 20 years. Subsequent articles will focus on India’s environmental laws and regulations. [...]