May 2018

Welcome

May 2018

Welcome to the EHS Journal. This international online magazine was designed for and by environmental, health, and safety (EHS) 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

Why Are U.S. Workplaces More Dangerous Than European Ones? Why Are U.S. Workplaces More Dangerous Than European Ones?

On average, the American workplace is more dangerous than the Latvian, Czech, Slovakian, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Hungarian, or Estonian workplace. Considering that the United States has a much higher GDP per capita than all of these countries, this seems unlikely. Yet, it’s true. Despite the United States’ immense power on the global stage, its
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Laboratory Safety: Demand Control Ventilation Challenges and Opportunities Laboratory Safety: Demand Control Ventilation Challenges and Opportunities

Laboratory ventilation is an important component of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) risk management and compliance at research universities and similar institutions. Traditionally, the practice in laboratories was to maximize air change rates (ACH), with an hourly ACH rate of 12 or more considered to be sufficient to protect worker safety. There are several limitations
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USEPA Attempts To End “Once In Always In” Policy USEPA Attempts To End “Once In Always In” Policy

In late January 2018 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued an internal memorandum and in early February USEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testified to Congress about his desire to rescind the “Once In Always In” (OIAI) policy for major sources under the federal National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) program. Under OIAI, a
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Eco Travel: Galapagos Islands Eco Travel: Galapagos Islands

Growing each year in popularity, the Galapagos Islands off of Ecuador’s coast are a highly sought-after vacation destination. The islands are also one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems. To help visitors enjoy the Galapagos while minimizing the impacts of their visit, Todd Smith, founder and president of AdventureSmith Explorations, provided the following travel recommendations.
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Blood-borne Pathogen Control: OSHA Requirements Blood-borne Pathogen Control: OSHA Requirements

Check out this comprehensive, easy to read overview of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) blood-borne pathogen standard published by EHS Data Base. An excerpt is published below, and more detail is provided in the original article.   Introduction Blood-borne pathogens are microorganisms such as viruses or bacteria that are carried in blood
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Safe Driving Video and Interactive Map Safe Driving Video and Interactive Map

Take a break and watch this short video summarizing traffic fatalities by type and region. The video was prepared by the World Health Organization (WHO) and features an interactive map. It would make a great training tool for safe driving courses.

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.

Take A Break

America’s Greenest States America’s Greenest States

Take a break and check out this interactive map showing environmental rankings for America’s 50 states prepared by personal-finance website WalletHub. The company’s report, 2018’s Greenest States, includes a variety of entertaining lists showing best and worst air, water, and soil quality; most LEED-certified buildings per capita; highest and lowest consumption of renewable energy; etc.
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Popular Posts

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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Favorites

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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Climate Change

Climate Risk and Resilience: Due Diligence Assessment Approaches Climate Risk and Resilience: Due Diligence Assessment Approaches

As society becomes increasingly aware of the impacts, risks, and opportunities associated with climate change, investors must broaden the scope of their environmental due diligence to include climate change considerations in their asset valuations and management strategies. Methods are needed to evaluate whether assets are vulnerable to business disruption due to the physical impacts of
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Health and Safety

Blood-borne Pathogen Control: OSHA Requirements Blood-borne Pathogen Control: OSHA Requirements

Check out this comprehensive, easy to read overview of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) blood-borne pathogen standard published by EHS Data Base. An excerpt is published below, and more detail is provided in the original article.   Introduction Blood-borne pathogens are microorganisms such as viruses or bacteria that are carried in blood
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Environmental Management

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…

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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Auditing

Outsourcing Corporate EHS Audits: Getting it Right! Outsourcing Corporate EHS Audits: Getting it Right!

Over the years there has been substantial debate over whether it makes sense to outsource the conduct of environmental, health and safety audits entirely.  And, in fact, many, but not all, organizations have done just that.  This outsourcing is typically not an easy decision.  There are many factors that come into play.  A previous EHS
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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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