May 2017

Welcome

May 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

New Research: How CEO Behavior Influences Safety New Research: How CEO Behavior Influences Safety

How can businesses improve worker safety and reduce the high costs of workplace injuries and deaths? And how much of a role do chief executive officers (CEOs) actually have in achieving those goals? A recently published research paper presents some long overdue answers based on hard data showing how CEOs can bring tangible reductions in
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Safety Culture: Get the Team on Board Safety Culture: Get the Team on Board

n 2017, workplace injuries and illnesses remain one of the most prolific threats to business stability and reputation. Safety technologies, procedures, policies, and programs have all evolved, yet there still remains a lot of work to do in many industries and workplaces to transform safety behaviors and attitudes. All too often, safety meetings in the
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The RACI Model Explained by Star Wars The RACI Model Explained by Star Wars

The RACI Model is a simple tool used to define responsibility for each task within a project. It’s an acronym with each letter representing a different role to perform. The roles are as follows: Responsible – The responsible employee physically does the work. Accountable – The accountable employee…

ISO 14001 Implementation Guide ISO 14001 Implementation Guide

In September 2015, ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems (EMS), was revised. The new standard requires EMS to be more strategic and outward looking, delivering greater value to organizations that implement the standard. The International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) and Ramboll Environ have developed a transition guidance document to help aerospace organizations
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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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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…

Auditing

Things That We Don’t Know We Don’t Know Things That We Don’t Know We Don’t Know

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once said there are things that we know for sure, and there are things that we know we don’t know. And then we also have things that we don’t know that we don’t know. The third category is what we want to uncover in an environmental audit…

Popular Posts

India: Environmental Compliance through an Auditor’s Lens India: Environmental Compliance through an Auditor’s Lens

India, counted among the emerging economies of the world is scripting its growth story today. This article is designed as a quick review of some of the most common environmental violations observed in India and reasons for the same. This summary will help business leaders who are working in India to identify and resolve environmental compliance challenges.

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Improving Ecosystems through Rewilding Improving Ecosystems through Rewilding

Rewilding is a method of restoring the increased functionality of ecosystems through the re-introduction of flora and fauna into areas where they may once have existed but are not currently present. The concept aims to work with natural processes to restore a more self-sustaining ecosystem that is less reliant on people for continued inputs or
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Climate Change

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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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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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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Sustainability

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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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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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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