The latest development in the U.S. transition to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of hazard communication is offering chemical blend manufacturers some flexibility in meeting the June 1, 2015 deadline for having all their data sheets authored as GHS-style SDSs.Read More
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The Compliance Enforcement process can feel complex and confusing, especially in a state as heavily regulated as Texas. We began unravelling the topic in a previous article, EHS Compliance in Texas: Preparing for a TCEQ Investigation, by sharing some best practices for getting prepared for an audit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This follow-up article will go more in depth about the enforcement process and types of enforcement: the different types of investigations, types of violations, and types of enforcement actions.
As a decision maker for your business, you're skilled at taking a systems approach to business and seeing things holistically. You see how different departments are all connected and, more importantly, how they all affect your bottom line.
Surprisingly, many executives overlook the Environmental, Health & Safety department when it comes to mapping out how their different types of operations affect each other and their bottom lines.
In fact, EHS management may actually be the bridge that brings all your operations together and can be your entry point into better decision making in all aspects of your business.Read More
The success of your compliance management style is measured along two lines:
- Is compliance demonstrated on time?
- Are your management practices producing results within or under budget?
Regardless of whether you are an EHS Manager in charge of overseeing an entire EHS department, or a compliance expert in charge of ensuring compiance for a certain set of facilities or outputs, you're looking to not only stay in compliance but do it in a shorter amount of time, at less cost, and ultimately with less stress.
What your looking to achieve is compliance assurance - confidence that your compliance tasks will always be met on time and effectively.
And the way to achieve compliance assurance is by having a Compliance Management System in place. We're talking about an organized set of standards and practices, merged with technology your compliance team uses to get things done. Many businesses, for example, have set themselves up with spreadsheets for tracking and creating compliance reports (not always a great idea. Read why here) - that's a very basic form of Compliance Management System.
Some businesses, recognizing that a Compliance Management System is essential, go so far as to design and develop complex in-house software solutions. However, if you aren't familiar with the principles of efficient compliance then building and maintaining an in-house system becomes more of a burden than a help. That's why most businesses choose to use a third-party solution from developers with decades of experience in compliance systems and technology.
If you understand and obey the following principles your Compliance Management System could become your new secret weapon.Read More
Is your Environmental, Health & Safety department showing signs of distress? Despite your best efforts, compliance management could be creating inefficiencies in your EHS department, resulting in missed deadlines, increased fines, and headaches for everyone on your team.
If the cost of managing your air emissions is starting to affect your bottom line, or if your equipment is so out of date that upgrading it would put your EHS Department in the red, it could be time to consider applying for one of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan program grants.Read More
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The Ground Level Concentration Max (GLCMax) calculation is among the most important emission calculations that Texas manufacturers using tanks in their operations should know inside and out. Not only is it important for regulatory compliance with Effects Screening Levels (ESL), but it is also a powerful tool for assessing materials to find more efficient and cost-effective alternatives. GLCMax allows you to measure your environmental impact in order to reduce your footprint and find better materials.
Data collection is the fundamental backbone of all environmental, health & safety management for the oil & gas and chemical industries. Any business that uses tanks as part of their processes should focus on collecting the very best possible data about their sources and use that data intelligently during emissions estimations.
One of the most common topics ERA’s environmental research team is asked to explain is the ins and outs of tank emissions management reporting. So much so that ERA’s head consultant recently gave a presentation on it at a national conference. It covered working and standing loss emissions from different types of tanks, and shed light on some of the more complex scenarios, like hot and heated tanks, and tank degassing.
When you rely on tanks to store, mix, or transport products and materials, you know just how complex it can be to measure and manage air emissions from any loading process. Every small detail about how you run your operations can affect the quantity of emissions you need to report and your permit requirements.