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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!

Sustainability in the Automotive Industry

Posted by Carla Samuel

The Annex to the G7 Leaders’ June 8, 2015 Declaration noted that global raw material use rose during the 20th century at about twice the rate of population growth. This explosive increase in consumption has resulted in habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, overly stressed fisheries, and desertification. Industry leaders, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are working hard to tackle these issues with sustainability in creative ways—especially the automotive industry. Automotive manufacturers like Ford, GM, Honda, and Toyota are working to improve a host of environmental problems resulting from manufacturing through sustainability.

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Also posted in: Sustainability, Suppliers Partnership

100% Chemistry: A Powerful Environmental Management Ideal

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Environmentally conscious businesses have an ever-growing number of EH&S philosophies and ideals to choose from when deciding on their overall management mission statements. Some of the more familiar ones are ideas like “carbon neutral” or the increasingly popular “zero landfill” in which facilities aim to recycle or reuse all materials that would otherwise be shipped into a landfill.

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Also posted in: Sustainability

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, GRI

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, ERA Ingenuity at Work, OSHA

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

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, GHS

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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Also posted in: Sustainability, ERA Ingenuity at Work, Suppliers Partnership

Earth Day 2017: Enlarge Your Efficiency

Posted by Lorcan Archer

 As part of Earth Day 2017, ERA have put together a illustrative infographic, to illustrate the range of small but mighty measures that can be taken in almost any office or workplace to conserve resources. 

From starting a composting scheme to cut down on waste, to using LED light bulbs and natural light to reduce energy bills, the right approach can see companies benefit greatly, in both reducing costs and creating a greener and more sustainable workplace.

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Also posted in: Sustainability, Energy Management

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

CEC JPAC Regular Session for November 2016 – Operation: Cooperation

Posted by Lorcan Archer

Implementing sustainable policies, be they commercial or public in nature, is all too often limited by the scope of legislative and national boundaries.

An international forum where ambitious cross-border cooperation can be fostered certainly has its merits.

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is that very forum. Established in 1994 through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, it promotes dialogue and the exchange of ideas between Canada, the United States and Mexico in the field of shared environmental collaboration. The forum acts as an important collaborative platform to engage issues, especially those connected to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), the accord that has facilitated free trade across the continent for over 20 years.

With the future of environmental regulation, NAFTA and sustainability in business all set to be on the news agenda in 2017, ERA eagerly attended this month’s regular session on November 7th in Ottawa, Canada to check in on the latest developments and innovative ideas.

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Also posted in: Sustainability, CEC