ERA's Environmental Compliance Management Blog

Our EH&S blog is your go-to source for industry news, advice, and compliance information. With each post, our team of experts (advanced degree holders in chemistry, environmental science, management, and more) maps out today’s most pressing EH&S issues. We also try to keep things interesting!

We’re committed to helping companies like yours maintain safe, efficient, environmentally-conscious operations. Use the buttons below to find EH&S blog posts that match your specific interests. And if you don’t see the type of content you need, please let us know!

Insulated Tank Emissions: Breathing Losses from Hot & Heated Tanks

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

A common assumption when dealing with hot and heated tanks is that their insulation protects them from the ambient heat fluctuations occurring throughout the day. This often leads reporters to assume that hot and heated tanks generate zero breathing losses.

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas

Hot & Heated Tanks: Five Steps to Flawless Emission Determinations

Posted by Alex Chamberlain


One of the biggest challenges for any site that uses tanks – including those in the Oil & Gas industry and chemical manufacturing – has been that the long-standing industry standard tool, EPA TANKS 4.09D, turned out to be not that reliable after all. The EPA is no longer supporting the further development of TANKS and some state agencies are rejecting hot and heated tank emission estimations made using the tool, since it was found to underestimate those types of emissions.

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas

Watch: GHS Compliance and HazCom Changes - Whose Responsibility is it?

Posted by Fulvio DeSantis

When OSHA made the decision to adopt the GHS guidelines for chemical hazard communication standards (deadline: June 1, 2015) it rolled out a series of changes to MSDSs and product labels.

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Also posted in: SDS

GHS Compliance Deadline: OSHA’s Stance on Enforcement

Posted by Fulvio DeSantis

With the GHS Compliance deadline (June 1, 2015) in the U.S. already passed, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with OSHA’s (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) position on enforcing the deadline.

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Also posted in: SDS

Oil & Gas Air Emissions: Methane Regulations on the Near Horizon

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

The Oil & Gas industry is currently experiencing a boom in production – which means good things for Oil & Gas companies… but it also means that the entire industry is catching the eyes of regulators looking to minimize the impact of Oil & Gas activities on the environment. 

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas

Tank Emissions and Quad O Compliance: Important Definition Change

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Quad O – otherwise known as CFR 40 part 60 Subpart OOOO — is one of the most broad-reaching regulations in the Oil & Gas industry, covering storage tanks, compressors, sweetening units, leak detection and repair (LDAR) and many other common VOC sources used in onshore production.

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas, Emissions Management

Winning the Battle against Bad Data: the EH&S Systems Approach

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Your processes create a constant stream of data: for example, a single petrochemical site can generate literally millions of data points that all need to get processed and analyzed. Sometimes this can feel like an avalanche of data that is resource-intensive and impossible to keep up with.

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Also posted in: Environmental Compliance & Data Management

Watch: Will the GHS put Your Business at Risk?

Posted by Ria Mali

Chemical manufacturers and distributors are facing a major change in how they must classify and communicate the chemical hazards associated with handling their products. The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is expected to roll out a number of important benefits, but it also comes with certain risks. 

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Also posted in: SDS

4 Shocking Facts about Choosing EH&S Software

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Your business is extraordinary at what it does. Whatever it is you manufacturer, manage, or sell, you strive to be the best. You’ve dedicated resources and time to create an excellent product or service.

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Also posted in: ERA-EMS

OSHA HCS 2015: The Consequences of Noncompliance

Posted by Ria Mali

The next deadline for OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is on the horizon. Designed to fully align the U.S. chemical industry with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System (GHS), this Final Rule comes fully into effect on June 1, 2015. That’s when chemical manufacturers must be prepared to comply with all modified provisions—including proper classification of hazardous chemicals and the development of safety data sheets (SDSs)/labels for chemical mixtures.

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Also posted in: SDS

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