Category: EHS Management

Whistleblower

COVID-19: Avoid Retaliation for Health and Safety Complaints During Pandemic

As state stay-at-home orders begin to lift and workplaces reopen, are you ready for employee concerns about their safety and health in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? How will you respond if an employee files a complaint with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or a state workplace safety and health agency? Employers must […]

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Does Your PSM Auditor Have the Right Stuff?

Every 3 years, you need to complete an audit of your process safety management (PSM) processes. Often, the emphasis is on the standard and the facility—but in order to conduct a thorough and effective compliance audit, you also need a skilled auditor. And that means more than someone who knows what the standard says.

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After COVID-19: Considerations for Reopening

With the number of COVID-19 cases beginning to level off in some areas, employers that have ceased operations or shifted to remote work may be considering when, and how, they might be able to bring people back to their facilities. While businesses are understandably eager to resume operations, the potential for missteps is high. Returning […]

Safety recordkeeping and reporting

Read the Transcript of Our Podcast with Sheryl Corrigan of Koch Industries

In our most recent episode of EHS on Tap, we spoke with Sheryl Corrigan, the director of environment, health, and safety (EHS) for Koch Industries, Inc. In addition to talking about her career path, she provided some keen insights into how she manages a multinational EHS program, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed her […]

Safety management systems

EHS on Tap: E54 Sheryl Corrigan of Koch Industries Talks EHS, Ethics, and COVID-19

Every environment, health, and safety professional knows that leading an EHS team can be daunting, requiring you to spread your attention across many different business areas simultaneously. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to dramatically change how we work, and EHS professionals have had to react to those shifts to ensure they meet their […]

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The Ins and Outs of Chemical Compliance: Hazmat, HazCom, Hazardous Waste, and GHS

Chemical substances can have an assortment of labels and placards as they move through commerce and eventually end up as waste products. The Departments of Labor (DOL) and Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have regulatory authority during various points of transport, storage, use, and disposal of hazardous substances. The National Fire Protection […]

Safety Records

OSHA Eases Recordkeeping Requirements for COVID-19 Cases

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an enforcement memorandum instructing its inspectors to use discretion in enforcing injury and illness recordkeeping requirements for cases of COVID-19. The use of enforcement discretion does not apply to corrections, emergency services, healthcare, and law enforcement employers.

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Bill Current on Post-Accident Drug Testing and Cannabis Legalization

On our latest episode of the EHS on Tap podcast, we discussed a persistent problem for occupational health and safety managers—post-accident drug testing. Read on for a transcript of our conversation with Bill Current, President of the Current Consulting Group and a 30-year veteran of the drug testing industry.