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ERA-EMS Improvements: Regular Reports UI and Report Groups

Posted on Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Today, ERA Environmental is pleased to announce the delivery of two substantial functionality updates to the ERA-EHS system.

These are changes to the User Interface (UI) of the software, which will ultimately allow for considerable improvements in both running and compiling reports as required. The improvements consist of improved functionality across two sections of the ERA-EHS system:

  • Regular Reports UI
  • Report Groups

A series of informative webinars will run from early October 2016, giving a detailed break-down on how to utilize these new additions to the ERA-EHS system, as well as providing a Q&A for any user questions. Please register for one webinar session here

Regular Reports UI

The new Regular Reports UI will now feature:

  • The ability for clients to queue reports for sequential processing (see screenshot below).
  • The option to search, filter and sort reports via any field.
  • The ability to open several reports simultaneously, delivered via handy .zip file.
  • Improved compatibility across major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari.


This improvement to the ERA-EHS UI represents a considerable leap forward. Previously, the ERA-EHS software provided one report at a time. With this improvement, more systematic, organized reporting is now more easily available to users of the ERA-EHS system, sequentially running as many reports as you need.

Additionally, this improvement delivers the ability to filter reports by facility, by utilizing the report code field to drill down through your reports.

Functionality is also improved by providing, via a comprehensive .zip file, the contents of multiple reports, expanding your ability to quickly access and utilize the information that you need.

Report Groups

This is a highly useful feature which allows users of the ERA-EHS system to group and run any number of reports (see new heading below). This service allows users of the ERA Environmental module to more easily manage and direct the reporting that they need. 

Report groups are a user-defined grouping of reports (regular and/or custom) that can be predefined and then generated together.

All the reports associated with the report group will run when the report group is generated.

This is ideal for clients who run the same reports at a specific frequency (daily, weekly, monthly). Rather than select and queue up multiple reports, you can now define a group and have the system generate all of those reports for you. 


Users of the ERA Compliance module are additionally able to automatically schedule the reporting that they need at any given time or date.

We are very excited to share these developments with you, and hope it will help streamline your reporting experience. Please register for one of our webinars for more information, and stay tuned for announcements and instructions post in the ERA system via the announcements icon. 


To register for this webinar, please fill out the form with your details and select the session that best suits you here

Tags: ERA, Environmental Compliance & Data Management

ERA Launches New SDS Finder App for iOS and Android

Posted on Mon, Aug 04, 2014

ERA is very excited to announce that ERA has launched its first free app for android and iOS smartphones and tablets: the SDS Finder App.describe the image

We've designed this app specifically for Environment, Health & Safety professionals who need to quickly access their Safety Data Sheet database to respond to emergencies, on-site incidents, and other risky scenarios. Having this app on your mobile device will help you more effectively handle stress-filled situations and respond appropriately, without the added stress of digging through paperwork while under a time crunch.

The SDS Finder App allows any employee with a smartphone to search for any SDS they might need on the job through a secure, password-protected login. Users can quickly find their desired SDS using a variety of search options like product ID, supplier, description, or keyword. SDSs can even be favorited  so that they can be accessed online. The SDS Finder App can find SDSs in any format you might use, including doc, jpg, PDF, gif, excel, PowerPoint, and png.

The SDS Finder App is also designed to improve response time and effectiveness during emergencies. It can be used to email SDS data and compare material revision dates with emergency responders, suppliers, front-line employees, and executives directly from the app. You'll always have the SDS you need in an emergency, even if you can't access your office.

With the upcoming transition to the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS), this app will be a powerful new addition to your chemical management toolkit, helping you to keep up with changes to your SDSs across your entire supply chain.

The SDS Finder App is available for free on the Google Play and the iTunes store

Tags: SDS, ERA, Environmental Compliance & Data Management

EPA Regulatory Update: New Solvent Wipes Exclusion for RCRA

Posted on Wed, Jul 24, 2013

EPA regulatory update: Waste ManagementIn an important press release published July 23, 2013, the EPA announced that it has modified its hazardous waste management regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to exclude solvent contaminated wipes under the condition that those wipes are either disposed of or cleaned under certain conditions.

This includes solvent-contaminated reusable and disposable wipes. However, for wipes contaminated with Trichloroethylene, only reusable wipes (not disposable wipes) are included in the new final ruling exemption.

Wipes contaminated with the following substances are included in the new exclusion:

  • Acetone
  • Isobutyl alcohol
  • Benzene
  • Methanol
  • n-Butanol
  • Methyl ethyl ketone
  • Chlorobenzene
  • Methyl isobutyl ketone
  • Creosols
  • Methylene chloride
  • Cyclohexanone
  • Tetrachloroethylene
  • 1,2-Dichlorobenzene
  • Toluene
  • Ethyl acetate - 1,1,2
  • Trichloroethane
  • Ethyl benzene
  • Trichloroethylene (*For reusable wipes only.)
  • 2-Ethoxyethanol
  •  Xylenes

Which Conditions Must be met for the Exclusion

In order to be excluded from RCRA waste reporting regulations, any solvent-contaminated wipe must:

  • Be managed in closed, labeled containers. The containers must be labeled “Excluded Solvent-Contaminated Wipes”.
  • Used wipe containers cannot contain free liquids when sent for cleaning or disposal.
  • Facilities cannot accumulate solvent-contaminated wipes for longer than 180 days.
  • Facilities must adhere to record keeping requirements regarding their wipe and other waste management. This includes
    • The name and address of the laundry, dry cleaner, or combustor handling the wipes.
    • Documentation that proves the 180 day limit has not been exceeded.
    • Description of the process being used by your facility to ensure there are no free liquids in the container (proof that you are complying with the second condition of this list).

The Projected Benefits

As such, some manufacturers will see a decrease in the amount of waste they have to report under RCRA regulations, provided their waste management practices meet the above standards. Waste reporting will also become easier, as accounting for waste in contaminated wipes can be a time consuming process.

This new EPA final ruling is expected to result in a net savings of $18 million per year in avoided regulatory costs and up to $9.9 million in other benefits – including pollution prevention and waste minimization. In particular, small businesses are expected to benefit from the regulatory update, including automobile repair shops and manufacturers of electronics, furniture, and chemicals.

Online Resources

The EPA has prepared a short FAQ for anyone affected by this new ruling. You can access the online version from the EPA here: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/wastetypes/wasteid/solvents/wipes_faq.htm

The EPA has also prepared a simple chart outlining the new rule: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/wastetypes/wasteid/solvents/sumry_chrt_wipes_fnl_rul_070913.pdf

Tags: ERA, Environmental Compliance & Data Management, Emissions Management

ERA-EMS Update: Improved Handling of Xylene and Other Isomers & Metal Compounds in TRI Reporting

Posted on Wed, Jun 05, 2013

ERA Environmental is rolling out an improvement to your EMS set up that improves the handling of xylene isomers (and other similar isomers) and some metal compounds in calculations for TRI threshold determinations and general TRI reporting.

These changes will ensure that your TRI report for the 2012 reporting period is accurate and in compliance with current federal regulations. No additional actions are required on the part of the user.

The following sections explain the logic behind the newest EMS updates:

Xylene Isomers and the de minimis Threshold

The toxic chemical list at 40 CFR Section 372.65 contains 4 xylene listings, each with their own CAS numbers:

  • mixed isomers CAS: 1330-20-7
  • o-xylene CAS: 95-47-6
  • m-xylene CAS: 108-38-3
  • p-xylene CAS: 106-42-3

According to SARA313 regulations, all mixed xylene isomers must be aggregated when determining if the isomers’ percent weight is eligible for the de minimis exemption. For xylene, a percent weight of less than 1% in a particular product allows a facility to not report the xylene from that product.

For example:

A facility uses or manufactures a product that contains 0.5% of o-xylene  and contains 0.7% of m-xylene . Even though neither o-xylene nor m-xylene exceeds the 1% de minimis exemption reporting threshold, the product itself contains 1.2% mixed xylene isomers and must be reported using the specific SARA313 CAS number for mixed xylene isomers (1330-20-7)

When the threshold and de minimis concentration for each isomer in the mixture are exceeded independently, the facility may report under the individual isomer listings or under the mixed isomers listing.  When the threshold and/or de minimis for each isomer in the mixture are not exceeded independently, but are exceeded collectively, the facility should report under the CAS number for xylene (mixed isomers). Therefore, if a covered facility otherwise uses a mixture containing 8,000 pounds of ortho-xylene, 4,000 pounds of meta-xylene, and 2,000 pounds of para-xylene, the facility would report as xylene (mixed isomers) because it exceeded the 10,000 pound otherwise use threshold for xylenes (mixed isomers).

To learn more about how the ERA-EMS uses and configures for the de minimis exemption read ERA-EMS Finishing Reports: Clarifying the De Minimis Option.

Other Isomers

The ERA-EMS has also been updated to handle SARA313 regulations regarding other isomers that are handled in a similar manner to xylene isomers. Cresol isomers, dichlorobenzene isomers, dinitroluene, and toluene diisocyanate isomers all must be treated in the same manner as xylene isomers for TRI reporting.

For each of these substances, the different isomers must be aggregated when determining if the de minimis exemption applies. If the aggregate exceeds the de minimis threshold, they should be reported collectively under the CAS associated with the appropriate mixed isomers in your report. The ERA-EMS handles this automatically.

The following isomers are affected by this update:



de minimis wt%











Cresol (mixed isomers)













Dichlorobenzene (mixed isomers)










Dinitrotoluene (mixed isomers)










Toluene diisocyanate (mixed isomers)






Modified Handling of Certain Metal Compounds

The EPA has mandated that certain metal compounds should be reported separately from their general TRI toxic category: 

  • C.I. Direct Brown 95 (N100 Copper compound) CAS: 16071-86-6
  • Maneb (N450 Manganese compound) CAS: 12427-38-2
  • Zineb (N982 Zinc compound) CAS: 12122-67-7
  • Hydrogen cyanide (N106 Cyanide compounds) CAS: 74-90-8

Accordingly, the EMS will no longer include your annual usage amounts for these four particular metal compounds against the corresponding category reporting thresholds.

Instead, the EMS will apply the following EPA-mandated thresholds to the compounds:

  • Manufactured reporting threshold: 25,000 lbs.
  • Processed reporting threshold: 25,000 lbs.
  • Otherwise Used reporting threshold: 10,000 lbs.

Tags: ERA-EMS, Environmental Compliance & Data Management

TRI Reporting Upgrades: Glycol Ethers & Metal Treatment Codes

Posted on Mon, May 13, 2013

ERA Environmental Management Solutions has made some important upgrades to our EMS software that affects how users will generate their Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports for the2012 calendar year and future reports.

These upgrades are designed to ensure your reports are accurate and in compliance with current  federal regulations.

Modified Handling of Glycol Ethers

The EPA has mandated that two specific Glycol Ethers should not be included in TRI reporting under toxic category N230:

  • 110-80-5 2-Ethoxyethanol
  • 109-86-4 2-Methoxyethanol

Instead, these two substances should be reported separately from N230 and should not be included in the threshold determinations for that category.

Accordingly, the ERA-EMS will no longer include your annual usage amounts for these two Glycol Ethers against the N230 reporting threshold. Instead, they are treated individually and have their own reporting thresholds based on how they have been used:

  • Manufactured reporting threshold: 25,000 lbs.
  • Processed reporting threshold: 25,000 lbs.
  • Otherwise Used reporting threshold: 10,000 lbs.

These two Glycol Ethers are determined against these reporting thresholds separately. They are not combined for threshold determinations. If your usage exceeds this threshold, the individual Glycol Ether will be reported separately.

For those clients that use 2-Ethoxyethanol or 2-Methoxyethanol in their facility, this will change your overall reported usage submitted for category N230 compared to previous years using the ERA-EMS. The majority of users will not be affected by this change.

This change to TRI Reporting is handled entirely by the ERA-EMS and no additional action is required on your part. Simply process your TRI report as usual.

This change will not affect how other Glycol Ethers are reported or calculated against the N230 reporting threshold.

Improved TRI Treatment Codes for Metals

The ERA-EMS now allows users to specify specific treatment codes for metals contained in waste streams. You can set up these new waste stream codes in the waste stream set up menu.

Previously, a single treatment code could be assigned to a waste stream, regardless of its contents. However, in order to offer greater flexibility and compatibility with TRIMe Web reporting, users can enter a separate waste treatment code for the metals contained within each waste stream.

For example, as shown in the image below, you can assign the treatment code M56- Energy Recovery to your waste stream non-metals, and treatment code M24 – Metals Recovery to your metals.

Allowable Treatment codes for metals under TRI reporting are as follows:

Recycling/Transfer for Recycling

M24 – Metal Recovery
M26 – Other Reuse/ Recovery
M93 – Transfer to Waste Broker – Recycling

Transfer of Metals


Storage Only


Solidification/Stabilization - Metals and Metal Category Compounds only


Wastewater Treatment (Excluding POTW) - Metals and Metal Category Compounds only


Other Landfills


RCRA Subtitle C Landfills


Subtitle C Surface Impoundment


Other Surface Impoundments


Land Treatment


Other Land Disposal


Underground Injection to Class I Wells


Underground Injection to Class II-V Wells


Other Off-Site Management


Transfer to Waste Broker - Disposal



Action required:
to complete your TRI report properly, you will need to assign the proper waste treatment code to your waste streams. If you do not set this up before generating your TRI report you may not have correctly validated information in your report.

Tags: ERA-EMS, Environmental Compliance & Data Management

ERA-EMS Update: Improvements to VOC, VHAP, & HAP Data Entry

Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2013

An important update affecting how to enter VOC, HAP, and VHAP data into the ERA-EMS software has been released to your ERA-EMS.

The ERA-EMS is now capable of calculating the VOC content by weight, HAP content by weight, and VHAP content by weight for products for you. This calculation is done using the corresponding percentage data and density commonly included on most MSDSs. Previously, user were required to calculate these values outside the program.

To calculate these values, enter the product density into the Density field and the % by Weight value of the corresponding VOC, HAP, or VHAP. Once these fields are complete, click the Calculate Buttons in the lower left corner of the screen. See the below image for an example.

ERA-EMS VOC/HAP/VHAP improvements

An example of using Density and % by Weight to automatically calculate VOC Content by Weight, Density HAPS and Density VHAPS fields.

As seen above, the fields used to automatically calculate Content by Weight are highlighted in red. The calculation buttons are highlighted in orange. The fields that are automatically populated by the calculated results are highlighted in blue on your ERA-EMS screen.

In this example, to calculate the VOC content by weight (wt), you would have to enter the product density, %VOC by weight, and then click the VOC calculate button. To calculate Density HAPS you would enter the product density and %HAPS by Weight then click the HAPS calculate button.

If your MSDS for a product already indicates the VOC content by weight, Density HAPS, or Density VHAPs, you can simply enter that data instead of using the ERA-EMS to calculate them for you.

It is important to note that the blue calculated fields contain the data that is used during the generation of emissions reports. If you change the data within any of the calculation fields but forget to click the calculate buttons to update the data in the blue fields, these changes will not be reflected in your final reports.

In addition, there are now VHAP and HAP data fields on the components tab of the products set up menu. This enables the ERA-EMS to track VHAP and HAP data down to the component level.

If you have any questions about these improvements please do not hesitate to contact your ERA support agent by calling us at (514) 684-6408 or by email attech_support@era-ehs.com. 

Tags: ERA, ERA-EMS, Environmental Compliance & Data Management

ERA-Powered Volkswagen Facility Wins Edison Green Award Gold

Posted on Fri, May 11, 2012

Congratulations to the VW wins Gold Edison Green AwardVolkswagen Chattanooga facility, who recently won the prestigious Gold Edison Green award for 2012 - an award that recognizes Volkswagen's excellence in the fields of environmental stewardship and sustainability.

ERA is proud to have been a part of a facility that continues to achieve continued environmental success. VW's environmental efforts continue to break ground with their work on important environmental initiatives that will, no doubt, continue to fuel their success.   

The Chattanooga facility has already achieved LEED platinum certification as part of Volkswagen's Think Blue initiative. It is the first and only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to achieve this extraordinary level of LEED certification.

You can read about the Chattanooga facility's journey to achieving platinum certification from the LEED green building program in our 3 part interview with Ron Drumeller, the Environmental Specialist for the Chattanooga facility starting here.

Tags: Environmental Compliance & Data Management, Sustainability

ERA Invited to the 2012 Nissan Innovation Conference

Posted on Fri, Jan 27, 2012

Environmental compliance software to be showcased at Nissan conference

February will be an exciting month for ERA, as we continue our get noticed in the automotive industry. Our team has been invited to join the second annual 2012 Nissan Innovation Conference, taking place just days after we attend the 24th Annual Canada-U.S. Automotive Dinner co-hosted by APMA and OESA.

ERA will be there as the latest in quality improvement technology products is showcased, including ERA's environmental compliance software and management tools. The conference presents a chance for ERA to further connect with Nissan employees and environmental management specialists.

We're looking forward to attending and seeing all of the cutting edge technology that could very well set the new standard of quality for the automotive industry. If you're planning on attending the conference, be sure to come say hello.

Tags: Environmental Compliance & Data Management

Look for ERA at the Next Annual Canada-U.S. Automotive Dinner

Posted on Wed, Jan 25, 2012

ERA Environmental consultingERA will be attending the 24th Annual Canada-U.S. Automotive Dinner, co hosted by OESA and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA), this February in Detroit. The event will feature a keynote address from General Motors North America's president Mark Reuss and highlight the GM's insights on the growing importance of Canada and the U.S. in the automotive industry.

The event's focus couldn't be closer to ERA's heart, as we've been working closely with the automotive industry in both countries over the past 17 years. In particular, this event will be ERA's first face-to-face meet and greet with the members of OESA as a new affiliate member.

If you're part of the automotive manufacturing sector and will be attending the event, be sure to look for our two environmental experts. They'll be thrilled to discuss how the industry is changing and how this will have an impact on the industry's environmental compliance responsibilities.

Coming to the event? Let us know in advance and we'll make sure to come meet with you!

Contact us at:info@era-ehs.com

Tags: OESA, Environmental Compliance & Data Management

Moog Blasts Off with ERA's Environmental Management Software

Posted on Mon, Nov 07, 2011

Moog EMS softwareOne of the world's leading innovators in the aerospace industry, Moog Inc., has demonstrated its commitment to excellence by implementing ERA's proven environmental management software (EMS) solution. 

Moog has once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship and responsibility through this decision.

After the passing of Moog's founder, Bill Moog, their current CEO and Chairman said of their company:

"Every day an extraordinary group of people come together to devote their time and energy to build the best product of its type built anywhere in the world...and to deliver that product to the most demanding customers in the world."

ERA Environmental perceives our situation to be the same, and looks forward to streamlining and optimizing Moog's environmental reporting capabilities and providing our top-notch ongoing customer service.

ERA commends Moog for its clear dedication to sustainable business and is pleased to be a part of the worldwide Moog team.

Tags: Environmental Compliance & Data Management

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