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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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Aerosol Can Disposal – what is required?

During management system audits or compliance audits the management of aerosol cans is one issue that is seldom management consistently. The disposal of aerosol cans depends on the condition of the can and the hazardous waste generator status of the … Continue reading

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ISO 14001:2015 Tool Box

As you plan for  2017 and upgrading your EMS please see how EHS Management Strategies can help streamline your EMS……… ISO 14001:2015 Tool Box 2017 is the year to upgrade to ISO 14001:2015 – let us help!! The International Organization … Continue reading

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Are Universal Wastes DOT Regulated?

The answer is yes, no, and maybe. Under the DOT regulations, hazardous wastes are regulated in all modes (ground, air, rail, vessel) of transportation. EPA has classified specific hazardous waste as Universal Waste to streamline the process and encourage recycling … Continue reading

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ISO 45001 (Occupational Health & Safety) – Could it Lead to more Stringent Provisions Around Legal Compliance?

It was announced this summer (in June 2016) that the publication of the much-anticipated ISO 45001 Management System Standard for Occupational Safety & Health is to be delayed by at least a year. Initially, the plan had been for the … Continue reading

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OSHA final rule requires electronic injury and illness reporting, creates public database

OSHA has released its final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public, and OSHA about workplace hazards. The agency said that via the final regulation, it is applying the insights of behavioral economics to … Continue reading

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DOT training for CESQG Hazardous Waste Generators

CESQG hazardous waste generators generate very low quantities of hazardous waste and ship them very infrequently. They typically hire qualified waste disposal companies to transport and dispose of these materials. The requirements for the management and disposal of hazardous waste … Continue reading

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ISO 14001:2015 – Risks and Opportunities vs. Environmental Aspects

ISO 14001 has always talked about the importance of identifying, understanding, and controlling your environmental aspects for better environmental performance, but the newly released standard, ISO 14001:2015, also includes requirements for understanding and addressing your risks and opportunities related to your … Continue reading

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ISO 14001:2015 – Putting the changes in perspective

We are all trying to digest the new ISO 14001:2015 standard and the changes needed to our environmental management systems (EMS). ISO is definitely “nudging” companies to take a more comprehensive look at their operations including supply chain management. Here … Continue reading

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ISO 14001:2004 Internal Audit AND ISO 14001:2015 Gap Assessment

All companies that are certified to the ISO 14001:2004 standard must update their environmental management system to the new ISO 14001:2015 requirements over the next 1 to 2 years.   Many companies are also choosing to outsource their internal auditing program … Continue reading

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ISO 14004:2016 – Help is on the way!!

Environmental management systems — General guidelines on implementation ISO 14004:2016 provides guidance for an organization on the establishment, implementation, maintenance and improvement of a robust, credible and reliable environmental management system. The guidance provided is intended for an organization seeking … Continue reading

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How to Better Manage Supply Chain Climate Risks

Supply chains are responsible for up to four times the greenhouse gas emissions of a company’s direct operations and yet half of major companies’ key suppliers don’t provide requested climate data to their corporate customers, according to a study produced … Continue reading

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Testing Emergency Response Procedures – what is required?

Many clients struggle with knowing when and how to “test” emergency response procedures. ISO 14001:2015 element 8.2(d) (previously 4.4.7) requires organizations to “periodically test the planned response actions, where practicable…..”.  The word periodically should not be interpreted as “whenever we … Continue reading

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Top Five OSHA Changes to Watch for in 2016

The last year of President Obama’s administration is fast approaching and 2016 looks to be a busy time for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as it attempts to finalize significant rulemakings and guidance documents. Here are the top … Continue reading

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SWPPP Annual Report Submittal – Michigan

Michigan – All facilities with industrial storm water permit coverage except for those covered by general permit MIS110000 must submit their SWPPP Annual Report by January 10, 2016.  This must be submitted through the new MiWaters website..

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Management Responsibilities – ISO 14001:2015

So the new ISO 14001:2015 standard has been published has anything changed? The short answer is yes!! One of the most significant changes is in the expectations of the overall management team of any organization. Their is no longer a … Continue reading

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Spill Response – Training and Drills

We all think that giving someone a spill kit and expecting them to clean-up a low hazards oil spill is no big deal.  Many will use a simple PowerPoint presentation to demonstrate these techniques. Attached is a video demonstration on … Continue reading

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Context of the Organization – ISO 9001 / ISO 14001

Definition The definition of Context of the Organization is “business environment“, “combination of internal and external factors and conditions that can have an effect on an organization’s  approach to its products, services  and investments and interested Parties“. The note states that … Continue reading

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ISO 14001:2015 – New ISO Standard is here!!!

It’s here – the new ISO 14001:2015. You can purchase the new standard at the following sites: ISO – buy ISO 14001:2015 ANSI ISO is giving sites up to 3 years to upgrade to the new standard.  You individual registration … Continue reading

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Tesla Powerwall Will Change Electricity Business

This is what vision looks like. Watch Elon Musk announce Tesla Powerwall, the next phase in his plan to change the electricity business, from one were we mostly harvest old sunlight in the form of dead plants and animals by … Continue reading

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Can Our Supply Chain Affect Our Environmental Impact – Conflict Minerals

Of course they do!! Recent regulatory changes in the U.S. regarding supply chain management, namely Conflict Mineral reporting, have highlighted how your suppliers are one of the most important elements of your sustainability program. Sustainability officers are paying particular attention … Continue reading

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Always Wear Your Seat Belt While Operating a Fork Lift – why?

This photo shows the scene of a fatality that occurred when a forklift tipped over and the operator thought he could “jump clear.” He didn’t quite make it. He was crushed between the forklift rollover bar and the concrete floor. … Continue reading

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It is coming!! ISO 14001:2015 Upgrade Training

EHS-MS is pleased to let you know we have developed the following program to help you upgrade your EMS to the requirements of the new ISO 14001:2015. ISO 14001:2015 Upgrade Training The new ISO 14001 standard is published and you … Continue reading

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Refrigerant Types

This is a nice overview of refrigerant types and their environmental impact.      .

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