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How the U.S. EPA Audit Policy Assists Noncompliant Facilities

Posted by Carla Samuel

When it comes to meeting EPA requirements, many businesses may be afraid to submit their records. TRI Reporting is a regulatory necessity and a legal obligation for companies that use hazardous chemicals, and the EPA relies on accurate reporting.

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Sustainability in the Automotive Industry

Posted by Carla Samuel

The Annex to the G7 Leaders’ June 8, 2015 Declaration noted that global raw material use rose during the 20th century at about twice the rate of population growth. This explosive increase in consumption has resulted in habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, overly stressed fisheries, and desertification. Industry leaders, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are working hard to tackle these issues with sustainability in creative ways—especially the automotive industry. Automotive manufacturers like Ford, GM, Honda, and Toyota are working to improve a host of environmental problems resulting from manufacturing through sustainability.

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Also posted in: Sustainability

Chemical Tracking in the Automotive Industry

Posted by Carla Samuel

It takes an estimated 10,000 chemicals to manufacture an automobile, many of which are left in the final product. Under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) the automotive industry has a major challenge on its hands to communicate policies and regulations to a complex, global supply chain. Close to 3,000 suppliers work with vehicle manufacturers on products that may include more than 8,000 major components. The automotive supply chain typically has up to seven tiers, and direct suppliers to car manufacturers have up to 1,500 sub-suppliers spanning many continents. Therefore, when REACH regulations remove a chemical from these massive supply chains it can take a long time to implement. Advancements in the methods used to do chemical tracking through the supply chain are allowing the automobile industry to explore new opportunities and reduce negative environmental impacts. 

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Also posted in: Suppliers Partnership

Protect Trade Secret Ingredients in Chemical Products: HPR Amendment

Posted by Cindy Ranganathan

What is HPR (Hazardous Product Act)?

HPR is the shorthand reference for the Hazardous Products Act. As shown in the Canada Gazette Part II of February 11th, 2015, the Government of Canada published the HPR, bringing WHMIS 2015 (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) into force. WHMIS 2015 implements the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The new HPR replaces the older CPR, which had listed the requirements for WHMIS 1988 compliance.

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Also posted in: SDS, SDS Authoring, GHS

Tips for EPA TRI Reporting and EHS Data Management: Solvent Recycling

Posted by Jenna Hamilton

One of the most common processes we see in the manufacturing industry is the application of paints, top coats, and primers using an applicator spray gun / paint line. From an environmental reporting perspective, EHS professionals are usually well versed in how to calculate air emissions from the actual paint application using factors like application efficiency rate and so forth. However, there is an element of these processes that often trips up air emission reporters: solvent recovery and the resulting waste reporting and air emission credits.

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Also posted in: TRI

Reading an SDS: Key SDS Sections to Review for New Chemical Products

Posted by Francis Haley

Why It's Important to Read an SDS When Using a Material for the First Time

Occasionally, a plant manager will find themselves asking how to read an SDS in facing one or more of these scenarios:

 

  • Plant workers are informed of a new chemical material to be used in the production process.
  • A maintenance worker starts a new assignment with specific cleaning materials.
  • A trial material is introduced to a process to improve its efficiency.
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Also posted in: SDS Authoring, GHS

Incident Management System: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Ehsan Maghsoudi, Ph.D.

Incident Management System FAQ: What Safety Managers Need to Know

Safety Incident Reporting System FAQRecently, ERA hosted a webinar about OSHA compliance for workplace incidents that focused on Incident Management Systems and automation. Our attendees submitted some of their most pressing questions, and ERA's safety experts have added in some of the most incident management frequently asked questions (FAQs) that they come across. They also touch upon the new OSHA Electronic Reporting Requirements that have rolled into effect. This short article compiles all of their answers for your convenience.

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How to Know Which Personal Protection to Wear: Dress for Success and Safety

Posted by Alison Fraser

How a Safety Data Sheet Tells You What Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Use

The dress code for safety should never be unclear. Knowing which personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear when handling a hazardous material is essential for working safely and preventing adverse health effects in the workplace.

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SDS Section Spotlight: Toxicological and Ecological Information

Posted by Alison Fraser

Safety data sheets (SDS) are an essential first-line resource in the workplace, protecting workers and the environment by ensuring all stakeholders are well-informed. Under the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), the sixteen sections of an SDS contain a wide range of information for workers, managers, and specialists. Knowing how to read and understand an SDS is of vital importance at every level of operations.

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Your Guide to TRI Reporting: Best Practices to Start Following Today

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

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