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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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ISO 14001 Revision

As many of you already know, the ISO 14001 is being revised by the International Organization for Standardization.  The final draft of the revision has been published and is available for purchase from ISO (Order ISO/DIS 14001).  The original release … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Transportation Issues New Standards to Improve Safety of Lithium Battery Transportation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today issued new standards to strengthen safety conditions for the shipment of lithium cells and batteries. These changes, some of which focus specifically on shipments by air, will better ensure that lithium … Continue reading

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Effective EHS Training: ANSI’s Z490.1 Provides Nice Approach

Many companies spend a lot of time, effort, and money trying to maintain high standards for the environment, health, and safety (EHS). And this often involves-and should involve-an EHS training component. For example, OSHA and similar regulatory agencies require EHS … Continue reading

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OSHA’s New Recordkeeping Rules Summarized (29 CFR 1904)

On September 11, 2014, OSHA released the text of its Final Rule making changes to requirements for Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting under Part 1904, 29 C.F.R. §1904.0 et.seq.  The new requirements take effect in federal OSHA states on … Continue reading

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Hazardous Waste Inspections – LQG and SQG – what is required?

You may conduct a variety of inspections at your facility:  quality control and regulatory standard, recommended and required, documented and undocumented.  If you generate a hazardous waste, conducting periodic inspections of certain critical risk areas is a good idea.  If … Continue reading

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OSHA Top Ten Violations for 2014

OSHA just released its list of the top ten most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. The 2014 list includes all the same all the same standards as last year’s list, and the four standards at the top … Continue reading

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EMS Communications – What is required? [ISO 14001 4.4.3]

Internal EMS communication and awareness is typically one of the weaker parts of most management systems we audit.  Management teams often times do not clearly understand what information to share with employees and how to share it.  The ISO 14001:2004 … Continue reading

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Get ISO 14001 certified in 90 days!!

Need to get ISO 14001 certified by the end of 2014? This may seem like an impossible goal to achieve. If you are already ISO 9001 or TS 16949 certified this may be easier than you think. We have several … Continue reading

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OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injury and illnesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced it will extend the comment period on the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to Oct. 14, 2014. The proposal, published on Nov. 8, 2013, would amend the … Continue reading

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ISO 14001 – 2nd Draft Revison

Every five years, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) reviews its standards. ISO is revising the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems standard and plans to release the new version in 2015. ISO 14001:2015 is available for comment in the Draft Informational … Continue reading

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SPCC Plan do I need one? 40 CFR 112

As I perform both environmental management system (EMS) and environmental compliance audits, I see much confusion about whether a site is required to develop and maintain a Spill Prevention Containment and Countermeasures (SPCC) plan. The SPCC regulations are specific to … Continue reading

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ISO 14001 Revision

In our previous blog, we shared an outline of the new ISO 14001 standard.  The changes not only reorganize the standard but will add some new requirements. These changes are based on the recognition that the organization is affected by … Continue reading

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Used Oil vs. Waste Oil – What’s the difference?

I had thought most of us had a clear understanding of the difference between these two types of oil waste streams but during a recent ISO audit I encountered a site who labeled all of their used oil as “waste … Continue reading

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ISO 45001: The New Health & Safety Standard

ISO recently announced that ISO Committee ISO/PC 283 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems, has been formed with an objective to develop and publish an international standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) based on OHSAS 18001. The new … Continue reading

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Hazardous Waste (Biennial) Reporting – Michigan

Large quantity generators (LQG) and Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDF) are required to file Biennial Hazardous Waste Reports.  These reports are required to be filed on the even numbered years (ie. 2014) for the previous year’s (ie. 2013) activities. This years reports … Continue reading

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Free ISO Tools

It was recently brought to my attention that most of the links on our Free ISO Tools page were broken.  I wanted to let you know that these have all been fixed and are now working.  Also, if you have … Continue reading

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New ISO 14001 – It’s coming!!

The Internal Organization for Standardization (ISO) has begun their next revision of the ISO 14001 standard. A draft of the proposed changes was issued on October 23, 2013 by the ISO/TC 207 committee and comments are due back January 23, … Continue reading

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OSHA’s Top 10 Willful Violations for FY 2013

Safety & Health’s annual article on the top 10 for fiscal year 2013 had to use preliminary data. Rounding out the OSHA Top 10 update is a list of the top 10 willful violations of 2013: Ranking – Standard – … Continue reading

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Social Accountability – SA8000 Standard

Many major companies – Apple, Walmart, etc. – have become interested in the social accountability of their world-wide suppliers.  Child labor and unsafe working conditions have resulted in some very bad press for these companies. Some companies have decided to become … Continue reading

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