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!

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

Your GHS Timeline: 5 Steps to Compliance before June 2015

Posted by Ria Mali

It's not too late to draft compliant safety data sheets and chemical labels before this year's deadline… if you start following this five-step GHS timeline today. Finding the right tool and getting the work done may be your most important steps, but we can guarantee they won’t be your most time-consuming.

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Also posted in: SDS

Compliance Software Systems: Understanding Your Choices

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Chances are if you’re reading this you’re looking for or wanting to learn more about Enterprise Compliance Systems or Software. This article will help you do just that: explain the different types of compliance software available and pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of each one.

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Also posted in: Environmental Compliance & Data Management

Tank Emissions Guessing Game: Are Default Values Skewing Your Reports?

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

It’s no secret that petrochemical manufacturers and refiners simply cannot know the exact chemical breakdown of some of their petrochemical liquids. Crude oil is perhaps the best example of this: every tank of crude oil will have different ranges for chemical components, and the majority of that data is unknown or imprecise.
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Also posted in: Oil & Gas

Going beyond GHS Compliance: 3 Business Priorities Your Company Can’t Ignore

Posted by Ria Mali

After years of hearing about the GHS compliance requirements and various deadlines, you may be conditioned to tune out reminders—especially if you’ve already implemented a plan to reclassify your hazardous materials and re-author your safety data sheets in time for June 1st.  

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Also posted in: SDS

Petrochemical Tank Emissions: Understanding Partial Speciation

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

No matter how stellar your data management practices are for materials stored or blended in your tanks, you’re likely to come across a substance that you simply cannot know the exact chemical composition for. The most common example is crude oil: any refinery that deals with crude oil must also deal with a handful of unknown chemical properties which makes reporting air emissions difficult.

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas

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