April 2017

Welcome

April 2017

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, generating more than 1 million page views.

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Featured Articles

Can You Really Change Safety Culture? Can You Really Change Safety Culture?

When asked what an organization can do to improve its safety record, reduce insurance claims, decrease near misses, and “right the ship” to instill in its employees the importance of safety, many learned experts say that they need a culture change.  So, what does that mean?  Is it such a vague statement that most people
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How Carbon Offsets Increase Organizational Sustainability How Carbon Offsets Increase Organizational Sustainability

Has your company or organization invested in carbon offsets? Carbon offsets are proving an important tool for companies that want to reduce the impact of their carbon footprint. An offset is achieved through the funding of a “green project” that reduces emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases (e.g. nitrous oxide, methane) in the
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Sustainability and EHS Strategies for the New Political Reality Sustainability and EHS Strategies for the New Political Reality

We’ve seen the direction that the new Administration in the United States wants to take. Now the question is, what direction will your company take? It’s clear that the Administration intends to follow through on its promises. Even without Congressional action, it will move to gut environmental regulation, reverse climate change policy, and prioritize jobs
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After the Deluge: Designing EHS Organizations for Post-Merger Companies After the Deluge: Designing EHS Organizations for Post-Merger Companies

To create leaner, more effective EHS organizations that support the new and changing business conditions that occur after a complicated transaction, EHS leaders often need to rethink the vision, scope, and expression of their EHS organization. This places a premium on an already-challenging question: how do you design the EHS organization for a post-merger company? This article provides tips for designing and refining EHS organizations.

Driving a Risk-Based Approach to EHS Auditing Driving a Risk-Based Approach to EHS Auditing

In recent years there has been considerable discussion in the EHS audit profession about how to apply the concept of risk to an audit program. The theory is that risk-based programs will likely result in a more efficient and effective application of resources and a more targeted focus on truly important issues. This article provides a tool and approach that could be used by audit program managers to not only classify facilities, but also…

India: New Classification for Consent Management India: New Classification for Consent Management

India’s Central Pollution Control Board, the environmental regulator at the federal level, issued “Modified Directions” to the State Pollution Control Boards and Pollution Control Committees (the state-level regulators) on 07 March 2016, for what it terms the “harmonization” of the classification of industrial sectors for consent management across the States and UTs of India. The new classification is based on more robust scientific logic and is industry friendly. It is expected to reduce the administrative burden of compliance for the industries, and regulated businesses will need to be aware of these significant changes …

Auditing

EHS Audit Software in the Spotlight EHS Audit Software in the Spotlight

Software designed to support EHS audits is one of the most widely deployed applications across environmental, health, and safety (EHS) processes. Penetration rates for audit software vie with incident management for top place. According to the Verdantix annual survey of 301 EHS decision-makers, 40% of firms already use software to enhance their EHS audit processes, and 2017 promises a good kick in spending. Six per cent of firms intend to replace existing homegrown or commercial systems, a further 6% will invest in an upgrade with their existing vendor, and an additional 8% plan to invest in EHS audit software for the first time. An impressive 20% of firms therefore plan some level of additional spend in this category during 2017.

Environmental Management

Lifecyle of a Mine Lifecyle of a Mine

Lifecycle of a Mine, a Web-accessible micro site released by gold mine operator Newmont Mining Corporation, provides an interactive summary of the strategies, activities, operations, and equipment used during  the six stages of a mine’s life — exploration, development and design, construction, production, closure, and post-closure. The microsite is a great resource for people seeking
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Popular Posts

Mixed Greens: Different Views of Corporate Sustainability Mixed Greens: Different Views of Corporate Sustainability

Two different views of corporate sustainability collided in my inbox last week. One email said that Freya Williams will speak at the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD)/World BCSD/Yale meeting next month. Freya Williams’ Green Giants book argues persuasively that business sustainability and business strategy have to be one and the same, not two
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Sustainability

EPA Clean Water Act Infographic – Great for Training EPA Clean Water Act Infographic – Great for Training

The USEPA has published a simple infographic providing interesting facts and figures associated with clean water. The infographic could be used for annual environmental training, Earth Day events, etc. to stimulate a discussion about the importance of clean water. http://www2.epa.gov/cleanwaterrule/why-clean-water-rules   Photograph: Trippy by James Farmer, Soka, Saitama, Japan.   Return to the EHS Journal
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Analysis, News and Notes

The World’s Largest Environmental Consultancies The World’s Largest Environmental Consultancies

The value of the global environmental consultancy (EC) market reached US$ 27.5 billion (£ 17.7 billion) in 2014, down 4.1% over the previous year, according to the latest report by business intelligence provider Environment Analyst. The sector lagged global economic growth (3.4% in 2014) mainly due to the impact of the international mining sector downturn,
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Take A Break

Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines from OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines from OSHA

Take a break and check out the draft Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The guidelines are intended to provide employers and workers with a sound, flexible framework for addressing safety and health issues in the workplace. The Program Management Guidelines were originally published in
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Health and Safety

Higher OSHA Penalties Drive Safety Check-Ups Higher OSHA Penalties Drive Safety Check-Ups

If you need a reason to give your OSHA 300 Log and associated injury and illness recordkeeping programs a thorough review, increasing OSHA penalties are as good a reason as any. In late 2015, the United States Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 requiring federal agencies, including OSHA, to adjust their civil penalties
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Quick Reads

EHS Post-merger Integration for Spin-offs EHS Post-merger Integration for Spin-offs

Spin-off, a new company formed when a parent company carves out a portion of its business, which then operates as an independent company. Spin-offs face unique environmental, health, and safety (EHS) challenges. Because spin-offs are new companies with different business interests and priorities than their parent company, a new EHS strategy and supporting programs must
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Climate Change

Energy Trends That Will Continue in the Foreseeable Future Energy Trends That Will Continue in the Foreseeable Future

2015 will pass by soon. While we live our day-to-day lives and careers, it’s easy to miss trends that establish themselves in a small number of years or even in a single year. Yet this is happening with energy. Some new “realities” that are likely unstoppable, even by those who prefer the status quo or
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Favorites

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.