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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.

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How Can Businesses Eliminate Worker Injuries to Reach a Goal of Zero Incidents?

Posted by Carla Samuel

The Zero Incidents Vision

Over the years, businesses have implemented many unique procedures and policies to eliminate worker injuries and workplace incidents. Today, Health & Safety professionals are promoting Zero Incidents as the benchmark for safety management excellence.

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Also posted in: Health and Safety

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: Health and Safety, ehs compliance

Incident Management System: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Ehsan Maghsoudi, Ph.D.

Incident Management System FAQ: What Safety Managers Need to Know

Recently, 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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Also posted in: Health and Safety

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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Also posted in: SDS, Health and Safety

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, OSHA

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, OSHA

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

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

Risk Management and the Globally Harmonized System

Posted by Ria Mali

In busin ess there are risks you take and are risks you avoid at all costs. Forward-thinking businesses realize they need to constantly evolve to survive in a changing environment.

The only way to innovate, and therefore succeed in the long-term, is to effectively and proactively manage risk. Changing government regulatory requirements, the evolution of technology and shifting customer preferences are the main factors contributing to the need for strong risk management in the US manufacturing space. businesses realize they need to constantly evolve to survive in a changing environment. Today, risk management is seen as a strategic business tactic rather than a separate practice, since businesses continuously take on more risk each time they innovate and adapt.

Notably, these factors are increasingly prominent in the Environmental, Health and Safety departments of businesses. EH&S managers, more than ever, are faced with the task of assessing risks and making weighty decisions.

 

The GHS and Risk Management

One of the primary examples of EH&S being on the forefront of risk management is the 2015 North American adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). The GHS transition is taking place on an international level, and is causing regulatory agencies around the world to adjust their Hazard Communication standards.

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Also posted in: Health and Safety, GHS