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SPCC Training vs Spill Training

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DOT Hazardous Materials Training Requirements

Do you need to train employees under the DOT Hazardous Materials rule? This video provides a nice overview of the training requirements. Please SUBSCRIBE to our channel!! Contact us if we can help with your training needs.

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Have you updated Your Lithium Battery Shipping Instructions?

Have you updated your procedures to include the New Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines that took place January 2019? Key changes to be aware of: 1.  Packaging Requirement: A New label is required to be on shipments of lithium batteries or … Continue reading

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DOT Hazardous Materials Update

During our ISO 14001 and EHS compliance audits we continue to write findings for organizations that do not fully understand the training requirements under the DOT and RCRA Hazardous Waste regulations.  Here is a brief regulatory discussion and our training … Continue reading

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Ways to reduce hazardous waste and save $$$

Many chemical products and formulations are identified as hazardous waste with a P- or U-code and/or because they exhibit one or more of RCRA’s four hazardous waste characteristics—ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity or toxicity. This can include products like: Cleaning solvents Glues … Continue reading

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Proper Disposal of Aerosol Cans

Process for the proper disposal of waste aerosol cans. Review how your facility manages these wastes. Typically, the drum used to collect the vapors and liquids will be subject to the hazardous waste disposal rules in your state.

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EPA Proposes Adding Aerosols to Universal Waste Program

EPA’s proposal to add hazardous waste aerosol cans to the RCRA universal waste program appeared in the Federal Register on Friday, March 16, 2018. This will be a significant improvement in how these wastes are classified and help companies maintain … Continue reading

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DOT Hazardous Materials Training – who requires training? Detailed analysis

This has been a widely misunderstood requirement for many organizations that we have audited.  The DOT requirements for shipping hazardous materials can be found at 49 CFR 171-177. 49 CFR 172.700 defines the requirements for “Hazmat Employees”.  The definition of … Continue reading

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ISO 19011 Update

ISO 19011:2018 – Guidelines for auditing management systems has been updated. The standard applies to organizations that need to conduct internal or external audits of management systems and manage audit programs. The standard covers: The principles of auditing; Managing an … Continue reading

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Outsourcing Internal Audits – does this make sense?

Many organizations are choosing to “outsource” their Internal Auditing process. On the surface, this seems to go against the intent of the ISO standards. However, the cost of maintaining a qualified pool of internal auditors can be expensive. Also, considering … Continue reading

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EMS Performance Monitoring – Energy Usage (ISO 14001:2015 9.1.1)

Many organizations have identified Energy Usage as a significant environmental aspect (impact) of their operations.  They then track their usage try to evaluate their performance.  However, there are many variables that can impact their usage: Production Levels Hours Worked Weather … Continue reading

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FREE Webinar Series – ISO 45001 and ISO 14001

FREE – What is an ISO 45001:2018 certified Occupation Health & Safety Management System (OHSMS) The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has finalized the ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems standard that will replace the previous OSHAS 18001:2007 … Continue reading

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What are the new requirements for risks and opportunities according to ISO 45001?

With the release of ISO 45001:2018, there are new requirements for assessing risks and opportunities in the Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHSMS). So, how does this differ from the previous requirements for assessing hazards and risks in OHSAS … Continue reading

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Wow… We got upgraded to ISO 14001:2015, now what??

Many organizations have been audited to the ISO 14001:2015 by their registration company and are now certified to the ISO 14001:2015 standard, so what’s next. That depends how you upgraded your program and how well you addressed the following areas: … Continue reading

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Get ISO 45001:2018 certified in 120 days

This course will provide an element by element overview of the ISO 45001 standard and examples of how to implement the requirements.  The course will show how to integrate your existing OSHA based compliance programs into an effective P-D-C-A management … Continue reading

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BMW asking for ISO 45001 Certification

BMW in their “BMW Group International Terms and Conditions for the Purchase of Production Materials and Automotive Components”  dated March 31, 2018 has included a section on Social Responsibility (see section 21).  In section 21.1 they ask suppliers to  implement … Continue reading

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Introduction to Quality Core Tools – just the basics

Introduction to Quality Core Tools In the highly competitive environments of Automotive / Manufacturing, organizations are challenged with three simultaneous and equally momentous goals: Provide high quality products meeting or exceeding customer expectations Produce sustainable volume Deliver on time To be … Continue reading

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US Companies Beware Tough Penalties in EU for Sustainability Non-compliance

US companies operating in Europe face tough penalties for not publishing Sustainability Reports or publicly disclosing Corporate Responsibility data. The EU Directive on Non-financial and Diversity Information (Directive 2014/95/EU) can greatly affect North American corporations operating in any of the … Continue reading

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ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems – has been released

The ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems standard was released by the International Organization for Standardization. Many organizations have been waiting for this standard to seek certification of the OHSMS. You can learn more about the standard … Continue reading

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Environmental Management System (EMS) Scope – ISO 14001:2015

Section 4.3 of the ISO 14001:2015 requires organization to document the scope of their EMS.  The requirements for defining the scope include a) the external and internal issues referred to in 1; b) the compliance obligations referred to in 2; … Continue reading

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Heat Treated Pallets – environmental requirement?

International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) is an International Phytosanitary Measure developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) that directly addresses the need to treat wood materials of a thickness greater than 6mm, used to ship … Continue reading

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ISO 45001: Anticipating March 2018 Publication Date

According to the Internal Organization for Standardization (ISO), the much-anticipated ISO 45001 standard on occupational health and safety management systems may not be published until March 2018. Here’s the latest timeline based on the working group’s progress to date: February 2017: … Continue reading

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Upgrading your EMS to ISO 14001:2015 – time is running out

Your running out of time to upgrade your EMS certification to the ISO 14001:2015 standard.  All ISO 14001:2004 certificates expire September 14, 2018. The good news is that even though there are many substantial changes to the standard, with some … Continue reading

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Outsourcing Internal Audits – does this make sense?

Many organizations are choosing to “outsource” their Internal Auditing process. On the surface, this seems to go against the intent of the ISO standards. However, the cost of maintaining a qualified pool of internal auditors can be expensive. Also, considering … Continue reading

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ISO 14001:2015 – 9.1.2 Evaluation of compliance – anything new??

I have been asked many times recently has this requirement changed? My answer is that they haven’t changed but the “process” needs to be more clearly and completely defined. The organization shall establish, implement and maintain the process(es) needed to … Continue reading

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Elementary Neutralization: Treatment Without a Permit

Treating your hazardous waste without a permit?! Is that really possible? Yes! Yes, it is. While the EPA generally prohibits you from treating hazardous waste without a permit, there are exceptions. Under certain conditions you can neutralize your corrosive hazardous … Continue reading

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EPA Turns Up the Heat on Refrigerant Regulation

Refrigeration and cooling systems face expanded and tighter regulation under a final rule recently signed by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.  The rule revises and expands EPA’s regulations for “Ozone-Depleting Substances” (ODS), which erode the stratospheric ozone layer that protects the … Continue reading

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Arc Flash Risk Management – a very real threat to your employees

An arc flash occurs amongst the live conductors or between a conductor and the ground. The current from any of the live conductor leaves its normal directional flow, travels through air and enters another conductor or to the ground. The … Continue reading

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Heat Stress – keeping your employees safe

As we transition to warmer temperatures, it’s important to revisit your workplace’s Heat Illness Prevention Program to ensure your employees are equipped to combat heat-related stress and illnesses. Heat is the number one cause of weather-related fatalities in the United … Continue reading

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Webinar – Identifying Risks and Opportunities from a Life Cycle Perspective

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