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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 the U.S. EPA Audit Policy Assists Noncompliant Facilities

Posted by Carla Samuel

When it comes to meeting EPA requirements, many businesses may be afraid to submit their records. TRI Reporting is a regulatory necessity and a legal obligation for companies that use hazardous chemicals, and the EPA relies on accurate reporting.

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Also posted in: TRI, Emissions Management

Tips for EPA TRI Reporting and EHS Data Management: Solvent Recycling

Posted by Jenna Hamilton

One of the most common processes we see in the manufacturing industry is the application of paints, top coats, and primers using an applicator spray gun / paint line. From an environmental reporting perspective, EHS professionals are usually well versed in how to calculate air emissions from the actual paint application using factors like application efficiency rate and so forth. However, there is an element of these processes that often trips up air emission reporters: solvent recovery and the resulting waste reporting and air emission credits.

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Also posted in: TRI, Environmental Compliance & Data Management

Your Guide to TRI Reporting: Best Practices to Start Following Today

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

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Also posted in: TRI

2016 TRI National Training Conference – Report and Take-Aways

Posted by Lorcan Archer

Over the course of three days in October, ERA was proud to both attend and contribute to the 2016 TRI National Training Conference held in Washington DC.

This much-anticipated meet-up acts as a forum for TRI reporting, where industry, community groups, academia, researchers, state and different federal agencies come together to discuss the issues around emissions reporting, and share the latest developments across both reporting and regulations.

We’ll be recapping some of the main talking points, industry trends and concerns that emerged from the packed schedule of the conference. A vibrant level of discussion at the conference makes breaking down the discourse to a few points difficult, but some important topics consistently came up over the course of the event.  

Gary Vegh, Chief Environmental Toxicologist at ERA, was present at the conference, delivering his own lecture on ‘Communication: The Foundation of Increasing Data Accuracy’.

As it turned out, both data collection and the presentation of data were some of the hottest industry topics at the conference.

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Also posted in: Sustainability, TRI

Dispelling TRI reporting Myths: Over-Reporting as a Safety Net

Posted by Nora Lopez

Nora Lopez is the recently-retired TRI Coordinator for Region 2. She has decades of years of experience overseeing TRI reporting, auditing, and trouble-shooting with the Environmental Protection Agency. ERA Environmental Management Solutions has partnered with Nora for TRI Month to deliver expert insights and tips for TRI reporters and EHS Professionals like yourself. Nora’s opinions are based on her own experiences and she is not an official spokesperson for the EPA. Have a question for Nora? Email info@era-ehs.com.

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Also posted in: TRI

Environmental Compliance Management: Are Your EHS Teams on Speaking Terms?

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Keeping an accurate record of your different environmental outputs - i.e. air emissions, water discharges, and waste generation - throughout the year is the foundation of Toxic Releases Inventory reporting (TRI). If your record keeping isn’t accurate, your annual report won’t have legs to stand on. But there’s another pressing issue in EHS management that can also jeopardize your TRI reports and put you at risk for fines, even if your record keeping is pristine.

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Also posted in: TRI

Fix TRI Report Red Flags with Auditor Tips: TRI Reporting Best Practice

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Toxic Inventory Release (TRI) reporting is the most difficult time of the year for EHS professionals: it’s an annual compendium of your air, water, and waste emissions that forces you to look back at all your records, activities, and materials used throughout the entire year.

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Also posted in: TRI

TRI Best Practice: Waste Data Management and Credits for Air Emissions

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Why start TRI Month talking about waste reporting? Because waste is the most overlooked of all the emissions media. Most EH&S professionals are more worried about their air emissions reporting, then water releases (in that order) – and consequently, waste tracking and credits are where we see the most mistakes being made.

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Also posted in: TRI

Be TRI Ready with ERA's Toxic Release Inventory Month

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

June is officially Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Month here at ERA Environmental– and that means 30 days full of helpful TRI advice from our crack team of reporting experts, educational guides to improve your TRI emission calculations, and to top it off we’re partnering with former US EPA TRI Coordinator and Regulatory Leader Nora Lopez to bring you first-hand advice in a compelling blog series.

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Also posted in: TRI

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