February 2015

Welcome

February 2015

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

2015 Update: The World’s Largest Environmental Consulting Firms 2015 Update: The World’s Largest Environmental Consulting Firms

The world’s 25 largest environmental consulting (EC) companies accounted for 46% of the total EC market according to the latest data released by Environment Analyst. The data, which reflected financial performance for 2013, showed that the EC market reached an estimated value of US$ 28.7 billion. Overall market revenues in 2013 fell flat after three
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U.S. Airlines Required to Develop Safety Management Systems under New Rule U.S. Airlines Required to Develop Safety Management Systems under New Rule

Most U.S. commercial airlines will be required to have formal Safety Management Systems (SMS) in place by 2018 according to a new final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2015, requires each air carrier operating under
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Emergency Survival: Start a Fire with a Gum Wrapper Emergency Survival: Start a Fire with a Gum Wrapper

Take a break and watch this 30-second video that shows you how to start a fire with a gum wrapper and a flashlight battery.   Video uploaded by the King of Random.com. Photograph: Bonfire 5 by Garret Voight, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, U.S.A.   Return to the EHS Journal Home Page

Sustainability by the Numbers, Trends and Analysis Sustainability by the Numbers, Trends and Analysis

  There was a time when corporations treated sustainability as nothing more than the topic du jour of environmental activists, or an issue they recognized only because the law required it. But today’s corporate sustainability practices have undergone a remarkable shift. Now, sustainability is being integrated into the bottom-line of businesses. Leading global companies have
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Safety Professionals: Focused on the Wrong Things? Safety Professionals: Focused on the Wrong Things?

  Since the advent of the Safety function, safety professionals have been borrowing tools from other disciplines and building practices based on data gleaned from the earliest research in industrial psychology. For some, these most basic practices and methods are cherished and to suggest that any change to these is tantamount to heresy. For others,
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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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Take A Break

Safety Accident Prevention Videos Safety Accident Prevention Videos

Take a break and watch these powerful accident prevention videos developed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Ontario, Canada.     The videos, which were developed as part of the WSIB’s Prevent-It.ca campaign, were designed to stimulate discussion among employers and workers, inspiring a “change in the mindset that says workplace injuries and
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Sustainability

EHS Managers: The Evolution from Necessary Evil to Vital Leaders EHS Managers: The Evolution from Necessary Evil to Vital Leaders

Considering the dedication most companies now have to environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance and the extra sustainability initiatives they pursue, it’s hard to imagine a time when businesses treated such matters as burdensome obligations. But such a time existed not long ago; so recently, in fact, that many EHS managers can recall it with
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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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Health and Safety

New Reporting Requirements for Serious Injuries and Fatalities Announced by U.S. OSHA New Reporting Requirements for Serious Injuries and Fatalities Announced by U.S. OSHA

On September 11, 2014, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new requirements for reporting severe injuries and fatalities. It also updated the list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements. The new reporting requirements go into effect on January 1, 2015.   Summary OSHA’s final rule* requires employers to notify
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Environmental Management

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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Quick Reads

India: Public Health and Environmental Contamination India: Public Health and Environmental Contamination

A lot of progress has been made in India in the past decade in terms of improving the environment and associated impacts on human health, but a lot of work still needs to be done. In rural India, for example, obvious environmental problems with clear adverse health impacts are often allowed to exist without intervention. As the following photographs
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Climate Change

Solar Roadways: Revolution or SciFi Fantasy? Solar Roadways: Revolution or SciFi Fantasy?

Take a break and watch this entertaining video about solar powered roadways. Developers hope to use this technology to convert parking lots and roads to solar collectors with programmable lane markings, sport court outlines, etc.

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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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Auditing

ISO 45001:2016 – New Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard ISO 45001:2016 – New Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard

ISO recently announced that ISO Committee ISO/PC 283 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems, has been formed with an objective to develop and publish an international standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) based on OHSAS 18001. The new standard will be known as ISO 45001. At the first meeting of the committee ISO/PC
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Popular Posts

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.