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The World’s Largest Environmental Consulting Firms (2009 – 2010)

Dec 30th, 2011 | By
The World’s Largest Environmental Consulting Firms (2009 – 2010)

Editor’s Note: This article, published in December 2011, provides information on company performance from 2009 and 2010. For an updated list of the world’s largest environmental consulting companies, click here.   Although the environmental consulting market remains highly fragmented, a dozen large firms are spearheading the globalization of the environmental consulting industry to meet the demands
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Growing Shortage of Health & Safety Staff in the U.S.

Nov 23rd, 2011 | By
Growing Shortage of Health & Safety Staff in the U.S.

The United States could be heading for a significant shortfall in occupational safety and health (OS&H) professionals, according to the National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce report issued by the U.S. National Insitute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in October 2011. America’s colleges and universities are expected to graduate 13,000 OS&H
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How Big Is a Confined Space?

Jun 5th, 2011 | By
How Big Is a Confined Space?

During a recent audit, I discovered that many of my colleagues and I had been taught to apply the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) confined space standard (29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.146) incorrectly. The question that came up was related to identifying “what is a confined space,” which I find to be
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India: Environmental Management and Environmental Regulation

Jan 7th, 2011 | By
India: Environmental Management and Environmental Regulation

This article is the first in a series of articles about environmental management in India. In this installment, authors Sanjay Sampath and Raakhee Kulkarni provide an overview of the social and environmental challenges facing India now and in the next 20 years. Subsequent articles will focus on India’s environmental laws and regulations. […]



Employee Wellness: GE’s HealthAhead Program

Dec 8th, 2010 | By
Employee Wellness: GE’s HealthAhead Program

Last year, General Electric (GE) launched Healthymagination, an initiative aimed at driving healthcare innovation globally. An important component of Healthymagination is HealthAhead, GE’s internal effort to proactively improve the health of GE employees and their families and to contain healthcare costs. HealthAhead’s goal is to create a healthy and engaged workforce and promote a culture of wellness. This article reviews the components of GE’s HealthAhead program. […]



Geographic Mismatch: Coping with Dislocation in the Global Economy

Sep 19th, 2010 | By
Geographic Mismatch: Coping with Dislocation in the Global Economy

Fortunately, your company has great market opportunities.  Unfortunately, your opportunities are not where you have the environmental, health and safety (EHS) resources, people and knowledge. This creates a huge geographic mismatch.  You and your company have spent years (even decades) building up your EHS infrastructure to fit your historic footprint.  In developed markets where you’ve
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Keeping “Current” with Electric Vehicles

Sep 18th, 2010 | By
Keeping “Current” with Electric Vehicles

If you’ve read any of the automotive headlines in recent months, you’ve probably seen that battery-operated, all-electric vehicles may soon be on a car lot near you.  The catch phrase of our credit-crazed world – “Charge it” – will soon take on a whole new meaning.  It won’t be about buying tires or wipers at
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Safety Culture and Safety Management Systems: Why Management Systems Alone Can’t Guarantee Model Employee Behavior

Jul 17th, 2010 | By
Safety Culture and Safety Management Systems: Why Management Systems Alone Can’t Guarantee Model Employee Behavior

Safety management systems stabilize safety performance and provide greater management clarity and structure, but to what extent do they affect safety culture and promote employee safety? This article explores the relationship between safety management systems and safety culture and introduces a new model showing the complex interplay of systems and culture.



Measuring Safety Performance: What are KPIs?

Jun 13th, 2010 | By
Measuring Safety Performance: What are KPIs?

Businesses use key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure progress toward specific health and safety goals or simply to monitor trends associated with corporate and facility activities or special projects. KPIs are used as a means to collect data and communicate trends, which can then be used to indicate where further improvements and resources are required. This article reviews the basics of establishing and managing KPIs.



A How-to Guide to Carbon Footprinting

May 26th, 2010 | By
A How-to Guide to Carbon Footprinting

This 4-part article provides an overview of how to calculate an organization’s carbon footprint.