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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!

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 both managers, executives, their employees.

Health & Safety professionals know that the ability to understand and read a Safety Data Sheet (SD) 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

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, Ph.D.

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