July 2014

Welcome

July 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

E-Waste: Health Impacts in Developing Countries E-Waste: Health Impacts in Developing Countries

Electronic waste (E-Waste) has become a critical global environmental health issue due to the large and growing volume of E-Waste found in the market place and insufficient management policies in many countries (Ogunseitan et. al. 2009). This article reviews the public health impacts associated with E-Waste management in developing countries and outlines recommendations to further
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Protecting Workers from Underground Hazards Protecting Workers from Underground Hazards

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
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Heat Stress and Ramadan Heat Stress and Ramadan

With a harsh arid climate and summer temperatures that can reach 60° Celsius (140° Fahrenheit) between the months of May and September, Middle Eastern countries face a continuing challenge of how to conduct outdoor work without subjecting their workers to the harmful effects of heat stress. This year that challenge will be even greater with the occurrence of Ramadan, which requires fasting between sunrise and sunset, during the month of July. Employers should make plans now to protect their workers from heat stress during Ramadan.

India E-Waste Market and Vendors India E-Waste Market and Vendors

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
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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.

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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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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Favorites

Improve Training with Accelerative Learning Improve Training with Accelerative Learning

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
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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…

Quick Reads

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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Take A Break

Heat Stress Training – Free Presentations Evaluated Heat Stress Training – Free Presentations Evaluated

There’s no shortage of free safety training presentations on the Internet, but as we all know, the quality varies greatly. Compliance and Safety, a U.S.-based consultancy, reviewed 7 free heat stress presentations and provided comments and ratings for each one.

Climate Change

U.S. Power Plants Required to Cut Carbon Pollution U.S. Power Plants Required to Cut Carbon Pollution

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) At the direction of President Obama and after an unprecedented outreach effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released on June 2, 2014 the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the
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Environmental Management

Improving the Quality of Phase I ESA Reports Improving the Quality of Phase I ESA Reports

This article provides practical tips for improving Phase I environmental due diligence reports. Great advice for new and experienced practitioners.

Health and Safety

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.

Sustainability

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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Popular Posts

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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