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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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Software Solutions for OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard

Posted by Carla Samuel

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), also known as the “employee right-to-know” standard was developed to protect employees from exposure to hazardous products and chemicals. This standard requires all employers to develop a written program addressing labeling and warning requirements, material safety data sheets (M)SDSs, and employee training on hazardous materials.

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Also posted in: SDS, EHS Training, OSHA

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 Authoring, OSHA, 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, OSHA

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's Electronic Method for Reporting Injuries and Illnesses - In Effect Now

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, OSHA, 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, OSHA

OSHA Fine Increase Turns up the Pain for Non-Compliance

Posted by Lorcan Archer

Since August 2, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been applying increased penalty fees to delinquent businesses within its purview.

This change has been actively driven by legislation enacted by Congress in November 2015, which required federal agencies to review and modify the penalties handed out, and bring them in line with inflation. The new penalties represent a substantial increase in the case of OSHA compliance infractions, with fine amounts jumping approximately 78% in most cases.

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Also posted in: OSHA

Looming OSHA Fines Make SDS Software Essential

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

At this moment, many enterprises are not in compliance in with the OSHA adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) which mandates that MSDSs must be replaced with the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS). This change in chemical hazard communication marked a significant change in on-site safety and chemical management – but an alarming number of businesses have missed the 2015 deadline.

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Also posted in: SDS, EHS Software, SDS Authoring, OSHA

GHS Compliance Deadline: OSHA’s Stance on Enforcement

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

With the GHS Compliance deadline (June 1, 2015) in the U.S. already passed, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with OSHA’s (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) position on enforcing the deadline.

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Also posted in: SDS, OSHA, GHS

OSHA HCS 2015: The Consequences of Noncompliance

Posted by Ria Mali

The next deadline for OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is on the horizon. Designed to fully align the U.S. chemical industry with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System (GHS), this Final Rule comes fully into effect on June 1, 2015. That’s when chemical manufacturers must be prepared to comply with all modified provisions—including proper classification of hazardous chemicals and the development of safety data sheets (SDSs)/labels for chemical mixtures.

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Also posted in: SDS, OSHA