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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!

What is GDPR? Prepare Your Health & Safety Team For New Regulations

Posted by Carla Samuel

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation that specifies how to process and use the personal data of citizens in the European Union (EU) and companies holding the data of EU citizens. Because health and safety departments oftentimes hold a wide range of personal data including SIN numbers, home addresses, and phone numbers health and safety managers may be deemed responsible for data protection. Protections for personal information are usually handled by data controllers; however, health and safety managers of data may be considered a data controller by proxy. This article will give your H&S department a simple overview of how GDPR may affect their operations and responsibilities.

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Also posted in: ehs compliance, Health and Safety

The Top 5 EH&S Lessons We Learned in 2016

Posted by Lorcan Archer

It’s often said that hindsight is 20/20, and that’s certainly the case for businesses. A successful company is often capable of identifying and learning from mistakes, as well as capitalizing on industry trends. The way point that is the end of the year gives us a perfect opportunity to do both.

Here at ERA, we’ve been taking a look at some of the developments across the EH&S sector in 2016.

We’ve identified some key influencing events and industry trends that will better inform your business as to the state of the sector, where current regulatory authorities are headed, and how you can ensure you stay ahead of the curve in 2017.

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Also posted in: Sustainability, ehs compliance

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

EH&S Audits: The Successful Approach for Petrochemical Companies

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

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For most EH&S Managers in the Oil & Gas and Chemical industries, the thought of going through a 

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Also posted in: Oil & Gas, ehs compliance

EHS Compliance in Texas: Understanding Enforcement

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

The Compliance Enforcement process can feel complex and confusing, especially in a state as heavily regulated as Texas. We began unravelling the topic in a previous article, EHS Compliance in Texas: Preparing for a TCEQ Investigation, by sharing some best practices for  getting prepared for an audit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This follow-up article will go more in depth about the enforcement process and types of enforcement: the different types of investigations, types of violations, and types of enforcement actions.

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Also posted in: ehs compliance

EHS Business Drivers: Bottom Line Strategies for Your Business

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

connectedAs a decision maker for your business, you're skilled at taking a systems approach to business and seeing things holistically. You see how different departments are all connected and, more importantly, how they all affect your bottom line.

Surprisingly, many executives overlook the Environmental, Health & Safety department when it comes to mapping out how their different types of operations affect each other and their bottom lines.

 
It may be because EHS compliance tasks produce KPIs that often don't directly translate into dollars... even though EHS compliance actually has an enormous impact on your bottom line. Environmental compliance management is deeply interconnected to every other part of your business. 

In fact, EHS management may actually be the bridge that brings all your operations together and can be your entry point into better decision making in all aspects of your business.

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Also posted in: ehs compliance

Assured Compliance Management: Principles of Efficient Compliance

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

The success of your compliance management style is measured along two lines:

  • Is compliance demonstrated on time?
  • Are your management practices producing results within or under budget?

Regardless of whether you are an EHS Manager in charge of overseeing an entire EHS department, or a compliance expert in charge of ensuring compiance for a certain set of facilities or outputs, you're looking to not only stay in compliance but do it in a shorter amount of time, at less cost, and ultimately with less stress.

What your looking to achieve is compliance assurance - confidence that your compliance tasks will always be met on time and effectively. 

And the way to achieve compliance assurance is by having a Compliance Management System in place. We're talking about an organized set of standards and practices, merged with technology your compliance team uses to get things done. Many businesses, for example, have set themselves up with spreadsheets for tracking and creating compliance reports (not always a great idea. Read why here) - that's a very basic form of Compliance Management System.

Some businesses, recognizing that a Compliance Management System is essential, go so far as to design and develop complex in-house software solutions. However, if you aren't familiar with the principles of efficient compliance then building and maintaining an in-house system becomes more of a burden than a help. That's why most businesses choose to use a third-party solution from developers with decades of experience in compliance systems and technology

If you understand and obey the following principles your Compliance Management System could become your new secret weapon. 

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Also posted in: ehs compliance

Are You Noticing These 3 EHS Compliance Red Flags?

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

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Is your Environmental, Health & Safety department showing signs of distress? Despite your best efforts, compliance management could be creating inefficiencies in your EHS department, resulting in missed deadlines, increased fines, and headaches for everyone on your team. 

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Also posted in: ehs compliance

Texas EHS Compliance and Emissions Management: TERP Grants

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

piggybankIf the cost of managing your air emissions is starting to affect your bottom line, or if your equipment is so out of date that upgrading it would put your EHS Department in the red, it could be time to consider applying for one of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan program grants.

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Also posted in: ehs compliance

Going Beyond Compliance, Pt 5: Maximizing Benefits From Your Sustainability Plan

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

This article is the last part of ERA’s five part series, Sustainability: Going Beyond Compliance. Part five will help you make the most of your sustainability efforts.

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Also posted in: Sustainability, ehs compliance