February 2016

Welcome

February 2016

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.

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Featured Articles

U.S. EHS Regulatory Trends in 2016 U.S. EHS Regulatory Trends in 2016

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”  Thomas Jefferson Over the past few years there has been much discussion about how companies go about establishing and achieving sustainability and social responsibility objectives.  Unless one is careful these initiatives can result in overlooking
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Silicosis, Mining, and Occupational Health in India’s Sandstone Industry Silicosis, Mining, and Occupational Health in India’s Sandstone Industry

  This article summarizes research conducted by the author on the occupational health effects of mining among sandstone miners in Rajasthan, India. Overview The increasing demand for metals and minerals to meet the growing requirements of the infrastructure sector has rapidly increased the importance of sandstone mining in India. The state of Rajasthan produces approximately
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EHS Leadership: I’m being acquired…now what? EHS Leadership: I’m being acquired…now what?

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
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The Risks and Challenges of Accrediting EHS and Sustainability Performance The Risks and Challenges of Accrediting EHS and Sustainability Performance

  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
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EHS Auditors: Anonymous Heroes (and She-roes) EHS Auditors: Anonymous Heroes (and She-roes)

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.

Dealing with Difficult, Distracting, and Disruptive Auditees Dealing with Difficult, Distracting, and Disruptive Auditees

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:
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Health and Safety

PSM Review: 2015 Changes to OSHA’s Interpretations and Enforcement Policies PSM Review: 2015 Changes to OSHA’s Interpretations and Enforcement Policies

As you plan for 2016, be sure to review the changes made by the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to its Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (HHCs) standard in 2015.  These changes may result in additional facilities and processes being subject to the PSM standard, and may require more rigorous
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Popular Posts

Travel Time is Work Time for Mobile Workers Travel Time is Work Time for Mobile Workers

A recent judgment in the European Court of Justice may cause environmental, health and safety (EHS) leaders with employees in the European Union to revise the way they manage and account for their mobile workers.  Bruce Caldow’s article Working Time and Peripatetic Workers, originally published on Harper Macleod LLP’s HM Insights webpage, provides more information and
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Sustainability

Corporate Responsibility Trends for 2016 Corporate Responsibility Trends for 2016

“We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.” As this line from the classic New Year’s Eve song suggests, now is the time to toast goodwill and celebrate achievements. It’s also time for businesses to think about the future. For leading companies, the season presents a timely opportunity to evaluate their corporate
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Auditing

Key Performance Indicators for EHS Audit Programs Key Performance Indicators for EHS Audit Programs

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.

Environmental Management

USEPA Issues Final Wastewater Effluent Guidelines for Steam Electric Power Generating USEPA Issues Final Wastewater Effluent Guidelines for Steam Electric Power Generating

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
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Analysis, News and Notes

Mergers, Acquisitions, and EHS Mergers, Acquisitions, and EHS

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?

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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Quick Reads

Radiofrequency Exposure Penalty Radiofrequency Exposure Penalty

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.

Favorites

EHS Budgets Expected to Rise in 2016 EHS Budgets Expected to Rise in 2016

Budgets for environment, health, and safety (EHS) are expected to increase in 2016 at 75% of the companies surveyed by independent research firm Verdantix.   The new global survey of 312 EHS executives found that 10% of firms will increase 2016 EHS spending by double digits, while an additional 21% will increase spending by at least
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Take A Break

OSHA Inspection at Santa’s Workshop OSHA Inspection at Santa’s Workshop

Take a break and listen to OSHA Inspection at Santa’s Workshop, a funny song about a surprise OSHA inspection at Santa’s Workshop that threatens to ruin Christmas.   Thanks to Dan Clark and Creative Safety Supply for this post!   About The Safety Brief The Safety Brief is a compilation of short radio-casts produced by
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