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.
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.
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.
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 […]
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) stressed the importance of collecting, coding, analyzing, and reporting both industry and occupation data in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case reports to form better strategies for reducing the impact of the pandemic on workers.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
At Safety 2020, the annual conference of the American Society of Safety Professionals, delivered virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Camille Oakes, President and CEO of Better Safety, highlighted five essential business skills safety professionals need to cultivate to increase their effectiveness.