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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!

Secondary Container Labels 101: HazCom and WHMIS

Posted by Alexandra McDougall

Compliance with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is about more than just authoring SDSs (Safety Data Sheets) and making sure your staff knows how to read them, it also includes an important component about ensuring that safety data is available throughout your facility on any secondary containers used to store a hazardous material.

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Also posted in: SDS Document Management, SDS Authoring, GHS

How to Start Designing and Maintaining OSHA Compliant Training

Posted by David Ness

One of the first questions that tends to be asked by an incident investigator is “Did the employee receive adequate training to do the job?”

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Also posted in: EHS Training

Everything You Need to Know About Safety Data Sheets (SDS) in an Emergency

Posted by Francis Haley

“How does your SDS help in an emergency?”

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Also posted in: SDS Authoring

OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations Remain Constant Over 10 Years

Posted by Ehsan Maghsoudi

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year of 2016. This list has been collected from the findings of approximately 32,000 inspections of workplaces across the United States by the federal OSHA staff.

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Also posted in: Health and Safety

Interview with Alyson Genovese: GRI Expert

Posted by Anamaria Sporea

As Head of Corporate and Stakeholder Relations in North America for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Alyson Genovese knows more than most about the impact of sustainability reporting on a business' bottom line and future growth.

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Also posted in: Sustainability

OSHA's New Electronic Method for Reporting Injuries and Illnesses

Posted by Anamaria Sporea

In 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a new rule which requires employers to electronically submit injury and illness data. This new standard took effect on January 1, 2017 and requires employers to submit electronically injury and illness data. However, the date of compliance has been repeatedly pushed back.

This new requirement has been one that has been exceedingly mobile in recent months, subject to delays from the Labor Department, a shifting compliance date and industry figures doing their best to keep a close eye on its development. This article will examine the current status and intent of this key change.

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Also posted in: Sustainability, ERA Ingenuity at Work

Breaking the Mold - Top 5 Reasons to Engage in Breakout Sessions

Posted by Anamaria Sporea

Whether it is at seminars or conferences, today’s professional group events will often feature breakout sessions on the agenda.  

So, what is a breakout session? In these small-scale gatherings, attendees are regrouped in reduced numbers in order to discuss and express their ideas and opinions concerning a topic.

Breakout sessions allow the participants of the conference to chat and exchange point of views in a more comfortable and intimate space with a solid defined objective. The persistent presence of breakout sessions at today’s top conferences indicate they hold an appeal that isn’t diminishing any time soon.  

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Also posted in: Sustainability, ERA Ingenuity at Work

Make Your Conference Time Worth It - EH&S Professional Development

Posted by Anamaria Sporea

These days, EH&S conferences are plentiful, with numerous conferences aiming to cater for a range of niches or special interests, including sustainability, risk aversion, environmental management, supply chain management, and more.

Certain conferences can serve as unique outlets to gain knowledge and develop skills.

However, conferences can be a significant investment of time and money for busy EH&S (Environmental, Health & Safety) professionals. Such professionals can rarely risk wasting time on a conference if it does not provide solid, demonstrable takeaways. EH&S professionals that are actively seeking professional skill development and innovation need to avoid conferences with generalized sessions and attend those with worthwhile material that tackles real problems or provide real solutions.

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Also posted in: Sustainability, ERA Ingenuity at Work

OSHA Inspections – The Lowdown and How to be Prepared

Posted by Hayoung Jun

Ensuring a healthy and safe workplace is integral to both employers and employees. In their efforts to ensure a strong, fair, and effective enforcement of safety and health at the workplace, OSHA inspectors, called compliance safety and health officers, conduct onsite inspections on a regular basis and usually without advance notice. Although sans prior notice, their surprise visits need not be unpleasant, if you take steps be prepared for them! Knowing what to expect during an OSHA inspection or safety audit and habitually following best practices can make OSHA inspections a beneficial and stress-free experience. At the same time, due to sheer volume, OSHA cannot visit every workplace. However, even if they never come knocking at your facility, employers should always be prepared for this possibility as it will help reduce accident rates and be a proactive demonstration that your company prioritizes work safety.

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Also posted in: Health and Safety

EHS Professional Development & Networking: Not Just Small Talk

Posted by Anamaria Sporea

From workshops that focus on time efficiency to speeches given by prestigious experts, EH&S conferences represent a wide variety of different opportunities for professionals. Therefore, workers in the EH&S sector need to be discriminating when selecting which conferences to attend. 

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Also posted in: EHS Conference, ERA Ingenuity at Work