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ERA's Environmental Compliance Management Blog

Industry experts weigh in on new and buzzworthy EHS news, giving you advice, insights, and best practices on the latest Environmental, Health & Safety regulations – providing everything you need to know for EHS compliance management. Get researched insights into EHS topics affecting your business.

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!

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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100% Chemistry: A Powerful Environmental Management Ideal

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Environmentally conscious businesses have an ever-growing number of EH&S philosophies and ideals to choose from when deciding on their overall management mission statements. Some of the more familiar ones are ideas like “carbon neutral” or the increasingly popular “zero landfill” in which facilities aim to recycle or reuse all materials that would otherwise be shipped into a landfill.

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How to Read an SDS: Understanding your Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Safe Handling

Posted by Francis Haley

What is Your SDS Telling You About the Product You Are Using?

When working with hazardous materials, it is important to be alert to the specific nature of the dangers that are posed by those materials. This also means it is important to identify and differentiate one hazardous material from another in order to effectively apply precautionary measures. Knowing how to read an SDS is a must for managers, executives, and their employees.

Health & Safety professionals know that the ability to understand and read a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a fundamental skill for any workplace committed to employee safety.

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Also posted in: SDS

GHS Compliance: Insider Guide to GHS in North America

Posted by Alexandra McDougall

The Globally Harmonized System (known as GHS for short) has introduced profound changes to the way North America as a whole classifies and communicates hazard information in the workplace and to consumers.

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Also posted in: SDS

GHS Compliance Spotlight: Aerosols under WHMIS 2015 and OSHA 2012

Posted by Nour Ghazal

Manufacturers around the globe have noticed an uptick in the demand for aerosol products – and if you are a user of aerosol products or a manufacturer, you might find yourself surprised at how the switch in North America to the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) has affected the requirements for workplace safety compliance. Our chemical safety specialists have taken a deep-dive into these regulations and this article will give you a straight-forward and condensed guide with everything you need to know.

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