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Keeping Your Environmental Program on Track

Environmental regulations often require permit(s) that in turn require record-keeping and often reporting to the issuing agencies. These obligations are part of doing business. In contrast, businesses that fail to obtain to meet permit conditions have an unfair business advantage. The same goes for skirting permit and/or environmental regulatory requirements. In our book, non-compliance is never...

Environmental, Health and Safety – Value Added

If your company has not had the best success meeting environmental, health and safety (EHS) goals and objectives, and/or has had difficulty keeping EHS professionals, it is likely time review your methods. The long and short of it is that we repeatedly find that companies tend to undervalue and under-appreciate the role of the EHS professional. Alternatively, a company may have focused on the EHS...

Company vehicles

Your company may operate fleet vehicles – everything from passenger cars to delivery trucks or tractor-trailer rigs. Your company may also have employees who use their personal vehicles for company business. When your employees (or contractors) drive vehicles for your company, you have a risk exposure. Certainly vehicles with your company name on the side can advertise both good driving habits...

Fume Hoods

Fume hoods are used to capture potentially hazardous chemical fumes, mists and dusts and remove them from the breathing space of the operator. Therefore, properly engineered fumes hood ventilation as well as effective use and maintenance of fume hoods is of critical importance. The typical laboratory fume hood includes a working space within the hood and a fume hood sash that can be raised or lowered...

Job Hazard Analysis

As an employer, you have duty to provide for a safe and healthy workplace. However, an uncontrolled hazard may cause injury and/or illness.  A Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) – sometimes called a JSA (Job Safety Analysis) – is of critical importance in identifying occupational safety and health hazards in the workplace and then implementing hazard controls. The JHA process should be documented. Typically,...

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