EHS Roundup – July 2017
EHS compliance audits are a necessary burden. While it takes time and money to complete them, they must be done due to the costs and consequences of non-compliance. Since audits cannot be avoided, is there a way to make them less of a burden? The answer is yes, if you use an EHS software with an intelligent audit management module that can automate the prioritization of audits. Read more
The success of an EHS compliance audit is dependent on ensuring it is properly planned. It should have minimal disruption on production while ensuring the audit team can achieve the audit objectives. After defining the audit scope and facility to audit, there are some key planning points to consider to ensure audit success. Read more
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Finding out about a hazard that almost turned into an incident is always concerning. But near misses can have a valuable silver lining. While there are a variety of strategies for root-cause analysis, a few key principles will help ensure success regardless of your method. Read more
Drones can be used in place of sending workers into confined spaces or other hazardous areas. The Federal Aviation Administration regulates commercial drone use, but OSHA has no regulations regarding drones. Employers who use drones must “culturally imbue” operators with the values of safety. Read more
Ergonomics was a hot topic for OSHA in the 1990s, with the agency issuing a standard for ergonomics in 2000, which quickly was repealed in 2001. So why should employers continue to concern themselves with ergonomics? The ergonomics process may include modifying tasks, the work environment and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress and eliminate work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Read more
It’s been over thirty years since the U.S. Community Right to Know Act was passed in 1986. Fast forward to 2017 and disclosure is growing from chemical emissions reporting to include chemical ingredient reporting. According to the Harvard Business Review, winning in the “age of radical transparency” will bring great marketing opportunities for companies as consumers demand more information about the products they are buying. Read more
If you manufacture chemical substances in the EU or import them from outside the EU above one tonne per year, you may have registration obligations under REACH. Additionally, if you manufacture or import a product (mixture, article), it may contain substances that need to be registered individually. If you have pre-registered substances that you manufacture in the EU or import from outside the EU above one tonne, but not more than 100 tonnes per year, and have not already registered them, the REACH registration deadline of 31 May 2018 concerns you. Read more
When done correctly, safety programs lead to a safer work environment, higher morale, and increased employee engagement. In addition, safety training is the best way to ensure your procedures are understood and a great way to reinforce safe behaviors. It reinforces your safety goals and reminds participants about the impacts of not achieving those goals. Read more
Regulations alone cannot improve safety. Buy-in at all levels is needed to change the culture. Make safety everyone’s responsibility, not just that of the loss control department or safety professionals on staff. Safety and productivity can work in harmony. The desired safer behavior can lead to increased production and profit. Read more
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