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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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Silicosis, Mining, and Occupational Health in India’s Sandstone Industry

Dec 24th, 2015 | By
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?

Oct 27th, 2015 | By
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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The Risks and Challenges of Accrediting EHS and Sustainability Performance

Oct 6th, 2015 | By
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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EHS Auditors: Anonymous Heroes (and She-roes)

Sep 26th, 2015 | By
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.



Dealing with Difficult, Distracting, and Disruptive Auditees

May 25th, 2015 | By
Dealing with Difficult, Distracting, and Disruptive Auditees

We’ve all read self-help books that describe how to deal with difficult people and handle difficult situations in the workplace. In this article, I’d like to examine some of the more difficult people I’ve encountered during environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audits and discuss options for handling these folks.   Type One: The Avoider Mantra:
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Fourth Wave: EHS&S in the Era of Productivity

May 17th, 2015 | By
Fourth Wave: EHS&S in the Era of Productivity

The environmental, health, safety, and sustainability (EHS&S) profession is in the doldrums. Just when we thought we’d survived the recession and sustainability could be embraced, we’re back in the world of cuts and delays. It feels like a return to the 1980s or early 1990s, when a CEO would tell a corporate environmental officer: “I
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Costa Rica: New Soil Contamination and Remediation Decree

Nov 21st, 2013 | By
Costa Rica: New Soil Contamination and Remediation Decree

On July 10, 2013, Costa Rican authorities issued a Decree implementing rules on ground conservation and remediation based on the concentration levels of certain regulated substances (RS), such as arsenic, mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls, in soil. Decree 37757-S will enter into force on January 10, 2014. It will affect people and corporations manufacturing, transporting, using,
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Conflict Minerals: Tips for Environmental Leaders

Nov 12th, 2013 | By
Conflict Minerals: Tips for Environmental Leaders

  This is the last in a series of EHS Journal articles designed to provide meaningful background and guidance on Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals (DFCM).  Other articles in the series include: Preface: 5 Myths About Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Part 1: U.S. Conflict Minerals: Background and Proposed Rule Part 2: Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed? Part
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