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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!

Alex Chamberlain

Alex Chamberlain is a writer for ERA Environmental Management Solutions.

Recent Posts

GHS Compliance Delayed by Health Canada

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

In late May of 2017, news began to circulate that Health Canada was moving to change the requirement dates associated with Canada’s adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). This represented a shift away from the previously published transition deadlines.

The new process will center around three key dates, and will be defined by closer adherence to the requirements of both Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) and Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) rules. These standards are associated with corresponding regulations (HPR with WHMIS 2015, and CPR with WHMIS 1988).

Those industries that create and import hazardous chemicals will now have until June 1 2018 to comply with HPR rules, while distributors will have until September 1 2018 to reach compliance. The completion of the GHS transition remains scheduled for December 2018.

This represents a considerable change of course for the regulatory authorities.

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Also posted in: Sustainability, ERA Ingenuity at Work

Suppliers Partnership for the Environment 2nd Quarterly Meeting - Georgetown, KT.

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

ERA Environmental Management Solutions was delighted to attend the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment 2nd Quarterly Meeting on 27 April, which took place at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Kentucky. 

ERA has been a contributing members of the Suppliers Partnership (SP) for many years. The SP acts as an innovative industry group, set up to exchange the latest developments in sustainability and efficiency in the North American manufacturing sector. 

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Also posted in: Sustainability, ERA Ingenuity at Work

Environmental Compliance Management: Are Your EHS Teams on Speaking Terms?

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Keeping an accurate record of your different environmental outputs - i.e. air emissions, water discharges, and waste generation - throughout the year is the foundation of Toxic Releases Inventory reporting (TRI). If your record keeping isn’t accurate, your annual report won’t have legs to stand on. But there’s another pressing issue in EHS management that can also jeopardize your TRI reports and put you at risk for fines, even if your record keeping is pristine.

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Also posted in: TRI

Fix TRI Report Red Flags with Auditor Tips: TRI Reporting Best Practice

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Toxic Inventory Release (TRI) reporting is the most difficult time of the year for EHS professionals: it’s an annual compendium of your air, water, and waste emissions that forces you to look back at all your records, activities, and materials used throughout the entire year.

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Also posted in: TRI

Air Compliance Alert: Greenhouse Gases Reporting, Ontario Cap & Trade

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

The Government of Ontario has announced that it is moving forward with a Greenhouse Gas Cap and Trade program that will directly impact the operation of manufacturers across the province. Ontario will also be linking its cap and trade program with the GHG cap and trade markets in the province of Quebec and the state of California.

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Also posted in: greenhouse gases

TRI Best Practice: Waste Data Management and Credits for Air Emissions

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Why start TRI Month talking about waste reporting? Because waste is the most overlooked of all the emissions media. Most EH&S professionals are more worried about their air emissions reporting, then water releases (in that order) – and consequently, waste tracking and credits are where we see the most mistakes being made.

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Also posted in: TRI

Be TRI Ready with ERA's Toxic Release Inventory Month

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

June is officially Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Month here at ERA Environmental– and that means 30 days full of helpful TRI advice from our crack team of reporting experts, educational guides to improve your TRI emission calculations, and to top it off we’re partnering with former US EPA TRI Coordinator and Regulatory Leader Nora Lopez to bring you first-hand advice in a compelling blog series.

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Also posted in: TRI

Verdantix Recognizes ERA as Visionary in Incident Management Software

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

ERA Incident Management Software is setting the benchmark for the new age of incident reporting

Incident management and reporting is one of the most important elements of a successful business. Here's how to make sure you're using the right tool to for the job.

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Elite EPA Policy Makers and Environmental Thought Leaders Take Centre Stage at EHS Ingenuity at Work Conference

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

ERA Environmental Management Solutions, the leading world-class provider of global environment, health and safety software solutions is celebrating its 20th business anniversary by hosting the EHS Ingenuity at Work Conference on May 2nd to May 4th in Charlotte, NC. The EH&S Compliance Ingenuity at Work Conference is the meeting place for Environmental Health & Safety professionals. This 3-day conference is all about bringing together the best minds and environmental leaders in the manufacturing industry to discuss best practices, proactively address emerging challenges, and discover new EH&S solutions.

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Also posted in: TRI, EMS, EHS Training, BPM, EHS, EHS Conference, ehs compliance, regulatory reporting, SDS Document Management, Health and Safety, SDS Authoring, EHS Workshops

Looming OSHA Fines Make SDS Software Essential

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

GHS_Grace_Period_Blog_Image.pngAt this moment, many enterprises are not in compliance in with the OSHA adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) which mandates that MSDSs must be replaced with the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS). This change in chemical hazard communication marked a significant change in on-site safety and chemical management – but an alarming number of businesses have missed the 2015 deadline.

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Also posted in: SDS