Category: EHS Management

Coming ’Round to a Circular Economy Through Your Supply Chain

Much has been written and discussed about sustainability and a circular economy. As an environment, health, and safety (EHS) professional, you may think that the concepts are too broad to grapple with and that the responsibility for such policies and programs lies on the C-suite level. However, we will look at ways EHS managers can […]

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Citizen Scientists: Air Pollution and Algae Projects

Although citizen scientists have always had a place in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) monitoring and surveillance regimen, information from the public now holds a prominent place in EPA’s new agenda. Yesterday we discussed two new projects using citizen scientists that the EPA is undertaking that could have a profound effect on facilities in […]

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Citizen Scientists: A Growing Concern for EHS Managers

One of the Trump administration’s new approaches to regulatory enforcement is an enhanced effort to engage citizens in surveillance and monitoring. While the prospect of fewer agency officials coming around sounds inviting, the idea of folks with little or no expertise messing with scientific efforts that can affect your operations can be truly frightening for […]

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New Technologies and New Working Arrangements: NIOSH Looks at the Future for Manufacturers

A new draft research agenda recently issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has six objectives in researching workplace issues for the manufacturing sector. Your facility could be affected by one or all six of them. Yesterday we reviewed objectives concerning reducing injuries, fatalities and illnesses, and new approaches to surveillance […]

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Robots and Welding: Looming Issues for Manufacturers

What workplace safety and health issues are looming for the manufacturing sector? We can get an idea as to where environment, health, and safety (EHS) professionals should focus their efforts by taking a look at the new draft research agenda recently issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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Job Safety Gives Small Businesses a Recruiting Advantage

Competition for top talent is tough in today’s marketplace. And with the U.S. unemployment rate hovering at 4.4%, it can be hard for small companies to find individuals to fill open positions. Now, a new survey of small-business employees finds that the safety of the work environment was among top factors for employees considering a […]

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What Does Wetlands Mitigation Cost?

If you are involved in a wetlands enforcement case, the terms of the settlement agreement will outline how much you have to spend on compensatory mitigation projects. You may also be required to perform mitigation as part of a project that could potentially adversely impact wetlands. Let’s take a look at some ways that can […]

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Wetlands Mitigation—a Costly Step in Development or Enforcement

Yesterday we reviewed a case in which the defendant in a wetlands settlement was required to perform compensatory mitigation projects. The cost of the wetlands mitigation was more than twice the amount of the civil penalty the defendant incurred. What is involved should you find yourself required to perform a wetlands compensatory mitigation project, either […]

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