Category Archives: ISO 14001

Shipping lithium cells or batteries – the basics

Are there DOT Hazardous Material Regulation (HMR) exceptions when shipping lithium cells or batteries? The Department of Transportation (DOT), provides exceptions for smaller cells and lithium batteries in 49 CFR, paragraph 173.185(c),  based on the number of cells or batteries … Continue reading

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Become an Energy Auditor

Whether your looking for a new career or just want to learn more about energy management this may be the learning program for you. There are programs for Commercial Energy Auditing and Residential Energy Auditing. Energy management will continue to … Continue reading

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What’s Required for Storing Flammable Aerosols in Flammable Lockers?

Under the federal OSHA regulations, which are in effect in Texas and most states, flammable aerosols are considered a Category 1 flammable liquid. At industrial plants (which does not include chemical plants, refineries, or distilleries) up to 25 gallons of … Continue reading

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Michigan – New Hazardous Waste Rules Effective August 3, 2020

On July 27, 2020, amendments to the rules promulgated under Part 111, Hazardous Waste Management, of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (Part 111), were filed with the Michigan Department of State, Office of the Great … Continue reading

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Does your 2021 Goals include getting ISO 45001:2018 Certified?

BMW is requiring Tier 1 Suppliers to certify their Health & Safety programs to the ISO 45001:2018 standard. Many automotive companies are working towards ISO 45001 compliant programs with the long term goal of getting certified. Most America companies have … Continue reading

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Blended ISO 14001 Internal Auditor Training

The Blended Internal Auditor program was developed to help companies address issues related to COVID and allow them to maintain their EMS. However, this approach is far superior to any other online training program.Our Blended Internal Auditor training is one … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Quarantine

The COVID-19 quarantine has been tough on everybody. For the most part the auditing and consulting business has come to a screeching stop. We have done a few remote audits and learned a ton about the technology. Myself, I have … Continue reading

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Remote Internal Audits

With today’s technology, remote auditing is not only possible but can be a tool to effectively complete internal Audits. EHS Management Strategies, LLC has developed a process to execute full system audits or partial audits remotely. Organizations can, based on … Continue reading

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Aerosol Cans are now a Universal Waste – EPA

On Monday December 9, 2019 EPA published the final rule in the Federal Register adding Aerosol Cans to the Universal Waste Regulations. The rule becomes effective on February 7, 2020 at the federal level. The rule will affect facilities that … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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