April 2016

Welcome

April 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, generating more than 1 million page views.

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Featured Articles

Drones Fight Poachers in Africa Drones Fight Poachers in Africa

The Air Shepherd program in Africa is using drones and data analytics to protect rhinos and elephants. Using sophisticated three-aircraft operating teams that work with rangers on the ground, drones are flown over high probability poaching areas, allowing rangers to intercept suspects before a poaching incident occurs. Air Shepherd drone teams go through months of
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An Approach to Calibrating Relative Risks on EHS Audits An Approach to Calibrating Relative Risks on EHS Audits

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” James Thurber Introduction In recent years there has been considerable discussion of establishing a more risk-based focus on environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audits. The concern is that audit results had devolved over time and several audit cycles into an inventory
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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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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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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.

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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Auditing

The Problems with Many Corporate Audits The Problems with Many Corporate Audits

Many companies have policies in place that specify the frequency of their internal environmental audits. Once a year or every other year, a company does an internal audit or hires external auditors to do it. When a company has a major chemical accident, investigative bodies such as the U.S. Chemical Safety Board looks into the
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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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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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Quick Reads

EHS Journal Celebrates 1 Million Page Views! EHS Journal Celebrates 1 Million Page Views!

Thank you to all of the authors, artists, and readers who have contributed to the success of the EHS Journal. In January 2016, we crossed the 1 million page-view threshold, a great achievement for us all. Thank you very much for sharing your insight and knowledge with your peers. − Michael Bittner, CPEA, Editor  
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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

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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Environmental Management

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

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 the need to meet the fundamental objective of regulatory compliance. There is no country where this is more important than the United States where the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) regulatory burden is substantial and the consequences of non-compliance can be quite severe. In order to merit a “license to operate” in the U.S. it is important to understand clearly and completely the regulatory environment and its requirements…

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.