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After the Deluge: Designing EHS Organizations for Post-Merger Companies

Jul 17th, 2016 | By
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.



Higher OSHA Penalties Drive Safety Check-Ups

Jul 4th, 2016 | By
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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Driving a Risk-Based Approach to EHS Auditing

Jun 28th, 2016 | By
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…



India: New Classification for Consent Management

Jun 13th, 2016 | By
India: New Classification for Consent Management

India’s Central Pollution Control Board, the environmental regulator at the federal level, issued “Modified Directions” to the State Pollution Control Boards and Pollution Control Committees (the state-level regulators) on 07 March 2016, for what it terms the “harmonization” of the classification of industrial sectors for consent management across the States and UTs of India. The new classification is based on more robust scientific logic and is industry friendly. It is expected to reduce the administrative burden of compliance for the industries, and regulated businesses will need to be aware of these significant changes …



Post-merger Integration Challenges in the Agrichem Sector

Jun 12th, 2016 | By
Post-merger Integration Challenges in the Agrichem Sector

Consolidation in the agricultural chemicals sector presents challenges and opportunities for EHS and sustainability leaders. Companies that control the majority of the world’s seed and crop protection sales — BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta — have already been swept up in the wave of restructuring. Once a deal is announced, EHS leaders need to engage proactively. The following are five key areas for action…



Evaluating Executives’ Commitment to EHS Audit Programs

May 21st, 2016 | By
Evaluating Executives’ Commitment to EHS Audit Programs

Corporate EHS audit programs require a substantial commitment on the part of executive management in order to be successful. Sadly, it is not always the case that senior corporate executives participate actively in EHS audit programs. This article examines the role of executive commitment in EHS audit programs and discusses ways to test whether this involvement is real or not.



Environmental Compliance in India through an Auditor’s Lens

May 16th, 2016 | By
Environmental Compliance in India 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.



Drones Fight Poachers in Africa

Apr 23rd, 2016 | By
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

Mar 12th, 2016 | By
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

Jan 1st, 2016 | By
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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