August 2014

Welcome

August 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

Safety: Making a Difference Safety: Making a Difference

Most of the time when the public hears about safety programs, it’s either in the context of some tragedy, or it’s presented as boring numbers. For example, the number of workplace fatalities over time:     This graphic should evoke an emotional response in each of us, but it usually passes across our desk with
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Health Canada Seeking Comments on Proposed GHS Regulation Health Canada Seeking Comments on Proposed GHS Regulation

Canada’s efforts to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) moved forward on August 8th with Health Canada’s release of proposed Hazardous Products Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, for public comment. Interested parties may submit comments in writing to Health Canada by September 8, 2014. Comments on affected
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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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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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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.

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.

Health and Safety

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

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.

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

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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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…

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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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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