EHS Auditing: How self-auditing improves performance and reduces punishment

How well is your company complying with federal, state and local environmental, health and safety (EHS) regulatory requirements? How well is it complying with its own internal EHS standards and documented procedures? These are questions EHS auditors assess when conducting an EHS audit, which most companies, regardless of size, have as an important, ingrained business […]

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What is a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, or a Phase I ESA, is typically the first step in the environmental due diligence process that identifies potential environmental concerns for a property.  A Phase I ESA is useful for a potential purchaser to understand environmental issues they may be inheriting.  The current and historical operations of the […]

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SPCC Plans: Are you providing “sufficient freeboard” for secondary containment?

If you’re a facility owner/operator who stores, processes, refines, or uses oil, you’re likely quite familiar with the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Regulation (40 CRF 112). The goal of the regulation, first published in 1973 under the authority of the Clean Water Act, is to protect navigable waters and adjoining shorelines from […]

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Ventilation for COVID-19: How Does Your Facility Stack Up?

Face coverings, physical distancing, hand washing, and surface disinfection are well documented actions to minimize potential for occupational transmissions of the virus causing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).  But let’s consider how these proven tactics align with the hierarchy of controls from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In the case of SARS-CoV-2, the use of […]

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