Tag: EHS management

Hazardous waste, chemical inventory, e-manifest, warehouse

Avoid Common (and Costly) Hazardous Waste Violations

The EPA has assessed approximately $84 million in hazardous waste material violations in the last 5 years, according to the Agency’s ECHO database. Risk managers are tasked with understanding and ensuring compliance with numerous EPA regulations. Failure to adhere to these regulations can result in expensive penalties and, in some cases, prison time.

safety audit team

Focused Leadership Skills for New Safety Coordinators

On the road to becoming a safety coordinator; environment, health, and safety (EHS) technician; etc., you probably focused on developing the compliance expertise needed for the role. Without those skills, the job is virtually impossible. As you’ll quickly find out during your first few months, though, you’re not just doing a job; you’re leading others.

Digitization of EHS, data and statistics

Now’s the Time to Take EHS Programs Digital

COVID-19 has disrupted the business world on a scale many of us have never before seen. It’s important to look for opportunity amid crisis, however, and for environment, health, and safety (EHS) professionals, our current moment may be a great chance to focus on the efficient digitization of organizational EHS programs.

Masks and workplace safety

Keeping Your Safety Culture Healthy During COVID-19

It’s not a question of “if” or “when.” Whether your company fully realizes it or not, COVID-19 has already had a profound effect on the business’s organizational culture, including its safety culture. Here are some key areas of safety culture to keep an eye on to ensure that you are mitigating any negative effects the […]

ISO 45001

Now’s the Time to Migrate from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001

In March of 2018, occupational health and safety (OHS) management systems got a global upgrade with the publication of a new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard. ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems—Requirements with guidance for use, will replace Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001. If you’re planning on maintaining an […]

A Look at the EPA’s Audit Policy and Self-Disclosure

On March 26, 2020, the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance (OECA) issued a temporary enforcement discretionary policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Generally, the policy states that “regulated entities should make every effort to comply with their environmental compliance obligations,” but the EPA does not expect to seek penalties for violations of routine compliance […]

incident investigation or safety inspection

6 Steps to an Effective Incident Investigation

No environment, health, and safety (EHS) professional wants to experience an incident at a job site, but the resulting investigation is an opportunity to uncover safety problems and correct them. You must take the right steps to get the right result, however, and the right result is the prevention of incident recurrence. Here are six […]

Health, healthcare, total worker health

Safety 2020 (Virtual): Broadening Safety Programs with Total Worker Health

At Safety 2020, the annual conference of the American Society of Safety Professionals, delivered virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Jenn Cavallari, Associate Professor at UConn School of Medicine, encouraged safety professionals to implement the principles of Total Worker Health, an initiative of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), to improve safety performance […]