April 2014

Welcome

April 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

Environmental Budgets Growing in 2014 Environmental Budgets Growing in 2014

More than 62% of corporations worldwide will increase spending on environmental management initiatives in 2014, and 31% will increase spending in the double-digits according to a new report released by independent analyst firm Verdantix. The survey of 250 heads of environment, health, and safety (EHS) in 13 major economies found that just 3% plan to
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Helping Business Leaders Talk about Sustainability Helping Business Leaders Talk about Sustainability

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
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Hazardous Materials: 4 Common Shipping Mistakes Hazardous Materials: 4 Common Shipping Mistakes

People often make mistakes when shipping hazardous materials, and this article provides strategies for hazardous materials offerors in the United States to avoid four common shipping errors: failing to understand regulatory differences between modes of transportation; mistakenly assuming that common articles and substances are non-hazardous; failing to understand the regulatory implications of returned and self-transported
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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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Where Have You Gone, Ernest Hemingway? Where Have You Gone, Ernest Hemingway?

“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
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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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Analysis, News and Notes

PSM Changes Considered by OSHA PSM Changes Considered by OSHA

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information and comments to address possible changes and updates in the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard; Explosives and Blasting Agents standard; Flammable Liquids standard; and Spray Finishing standard. OSHA is also considering changes to its PSM enforcement policies.   Possible PSM Changes According to the
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Take A Break

How to Remove a Tick How to Remove a Tick

Take a break and watch this short video that shows the best way to remove a tick using narrow-pointed tweezers.

Environmental Management

The World’s Largest Environmental Consulting Firms The World’s Largest Environmental Consulting Firms

The value of the global environmental consulting (EC) market reached US$27.4 billion (£16.7 billion) in 2012, up 3.6% over the previous year, according to the latest report by Environment Analyst. The sector continues to grow at a pace ahead of global economic growth, which stood at 3.2% in 2012. Together, the environmental consultancy practices of
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Quick Reads

Hazardous Waste E-Manifests One Step Closer in the U.S. Hazardous Waste E-Manifests One Step Closer in the U.S.

Use of electronic hazardous waste manifests (e-Manifests) came one step closer in the United States on January 15th when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule authorizing the use of e-Manifests. This will allow the current process, which requires paper forms, to be streamlined and greatly reduce the millions of paper manifests
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Health and Safety

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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Sustainability

Ethical Diamonds Ethical Diamonds

“Jewelry represents a commitment between two people, and it should be a symbol of not just your love, but your values as well,” said Beth Gerstein, co-founder of Brilliant Earth, a designer of “ethically sourced” diamonds and jewelry. She urges consumers to consider human rights issues associated with their jewelry’s supply chain when making buying
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Auditing

Essential Audit Disclaimers Essential Audit Disclaimers

Placing the word “disclaimer” in an audit report sounds like an auditor might not be completely confident that the findings in the report are accurate or reliable. The auditee, upon seeing this word, may believe that they didn’t get their money’s worth if the auditor can’t stand behind his or her work. Nevertheless there are some limitations and conditions that auditors should be clear about when proposing to conduct an audit…

Climate Change

Climate Change: New IPCC Report Finds Unequivocal Warming Climate Change: New IPCC Report Finds Unequivocal Warming

  “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.” Thus begins the Headline Statements from
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Favorites

GHS Compliance for U.S. Facilities GHS Compliance for U.S. Facilities

The revised Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard promulgated by the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) implements changes to promote worker safety through the adoption of three primary tenets of the United Nations-sanctioned Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, otherwise referred to as GHS. This article outlines key compliance requirements pertaining to
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Saudi Arabia: Ambient Water Quality Standards Saudi Arabia: Ambient Water Quality Standards

Saudi Arabia’s Standards on Ambient Water Quality seek to establish a framework to enable sustainable management of ambient water quality; protect the water supply and natural aquatic environment; and provide a basis for the restoration of waters used for recreational, agricultural, industrial, potable, and ecological purposes within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These Standards apply
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