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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!

OSHA's Electronic Method for Reporting Injuries and Illnesses - Delayed to December 15, 2017

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

Summertime Safety: Promoting Team-Based H&S During Hot Months

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

As the summer months arrive, an increased amount of outdoors maintenance and general activity can take place on work sites. Meanwhile, indoor working areas can experience higher temperatures and less pleasant working conditions, as heat and humidity creeps in.

For those businesses that are based in warmer regions, this can mean an additional set of precautions and measures that should be taken to avoid compromising employee or public health.

How a business responds to differing temperatures and environmental conditions is all part of the ongoing “stress-test” of a functioning health and safety management system. Businesses need to be able to ensure their health and safety management can react to soaring temperatures, the dangers of sunstroke and heat exposure, dehydration, and any material temperature based hazards – particularly those involving volatile chemicals.

This piece will explore the kind of robust systems that need to be in place to counter these kinds of seasonal conditions.

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Also posted in: Health and Safety

Revealed: The Top 5 Reasons Professionals Attend EH&S Conferences

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

When it comes to attending conferences, employees in EH&S roles need to be keenly strategic about which ones they attend.

Most companies only have a limited budget, in terms of funds and expendable time that they can use to send their key staff to conferences. Most of the time, EH&S role-holders are deeply embedded in their roles, and more often than cannot spare the time to attend a conference or industry event that doesn’t deliver on key requirements. The pressures of the role mean that there has to be a firm set of “takeaways” that can be identified.

Here at ERA, we’ve attended more than our fair share of EH&S industry events. Our environmental staff have both attended, and presented, at a dizzying number of events across North America and beyond.

So what is it that professionals in the EH&S sphere actually want from these events? What distinguishes the real substance from the surface level shine? Below, we’ve put together a range of perspectives from individuals who have spent plenty of time on the “front line”.

What experiences have stuck with you? Once you have successfully justified your attendance at the event, what do you really want to come away with? Please feel free to leave comments at the bottom of the page reflecting your experiences.

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Also posted in: Conferences, EHS Conference

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

June’s WHMIS / GHS Deadline: Essential Reading for Canadian and US Producers

Posted by Lorcan Archer

Update: May 2017: Since the publication of this article, Health Canada have issued an annoucement indicating changes to WHMIS 2015 compliance requirements and deadlines. These changes in requirements center around the timely implementation of Controlled Production Regulations (CPR) and Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR), as well as Confidential Business Information (CBI) disclosure. The annoucement can be read here

Manufacturers, producers and facilities based in Canada will by this stage likely be keenly aware of WHMIS 2015 regulations. This is a comprehensive new set of regulations, developed to UN-approved Globally Harmonized System (GHS) standards, which cover the onsite documentation and labeling of hazardous goods in Canada. These new rules will also have a subtle impact on any US business involved in the cross border trade of these goods.

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Also posted in: Sustainability, ERA Ingenuity at Work

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

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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