Best Practices

Wisdom obtained through body of knowledge and specialization

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Wisdom is an appreciation of how, why and when to apply knowledge.


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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals pose challenges

Many EDCs are harmful at low doses and safe at high doses.
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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In December 2011, EU REACH listed Octylphenol among its candidate list for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).


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How to assess reproductive risks

New standards will revolutionize best practices
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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In 1991, the U.S. Supreme Court in UAW v. Johnson Controls established that employers have the obligation to fully inform a woman of workplace risks to pregnancy.


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Who “owns” EHS risk management?

New standards will revolutionize best practices
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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ANSI/ASSE Z690.2-2011 (Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines) and its companion standards, Vocabulary for Risk Management and Risk Assessment Techniques, were approved earlier this year.

 


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Flying solo

Is independent consulting still a good option?
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What would you do if you lost your job today? 


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Dilemmas posed by EU’s REACH legislation

8 recommendations to handle stricter exposure limits
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The European Union’s chemical management law known as REACH requires chemical manufacturers and importers to assess risks and describe conditions under which their chemical substances can be safely used. 


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The great challenge confronting EHS pros

It’s communication — is your message getting through?
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According to the results of the American Society of Safety Engineers 100th Anniversary Essay Contest, the greatest challenge facing the environmental health and safety profession in the 21st century is communication.


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The U.S. unveils a wellness & prevention plan

How EHS pros fit into the national strategy
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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The National Prevention Council released the National Prevention Strategy in June 2011 as mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.


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A Growing Obligation to Prevent Harm

Understand the meaning of “standard of care”
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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Should a New York Wal-Mart store have had a crowd control plan in 2008 that may have prevented an employee being trampled to death by shoppers during the store’s annual “Blitz Friday?”
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Obtain special instructions before use

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Within the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) unstable explosives require the highest codification prevention precautionary statement P201 — “Obtain special instructions before use.”
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