Thea Dunmire

Thea Dunmire has been in the environmental and OH&S field for a long time. She started her first project in 1978 while at the University of Iowa when she developed a system to keep track of laboratory chemicals from initial purchase to final disposal. In the 1980s she did EHS audits of Bristol Myers facilities around the world, went to law school, and then went to work for the U.S. EPA, Region 5 in Chicago. At EPA she was heavily involved in monitoring the clean up at Superfund sites. For more information about her company and services, visit ENLAR Compliance Services, Inc. Check out Thea’s blog postings at She has kindly granted us permission to post this web exclusive, which appears on her blog site.


Our need for media literacy

July 24, 2014

Two weeks ago, I went to a presentation by Kelly McBride on the topic of ethics and the media. Kelly is the ethicist with the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg FL. She also contributes to an NPR broadcast.

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ISO OHSMS standard going forward

July 4, 2013

The New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) for development of an ISO Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard has been approved.  A new ISO Project Committee, PC 283, has been established to develop the standard.  BSI has been appointed as secretariat.

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Addressing the General Duty Clause in an OHSMS

June 6, 2013

Recently, I have noticed an increase in statements that some particular safety program or another is required because of the OSHA General Duty Clause. Often, this statement is tied to a pitch for consulting services or to promote a fill-in-the-blank template for whatever safety program is being discussed.

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Here comes an ISO health and safety standard?

March 14, 2013
Yesterday, I received a copy of the ISO New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) for a new requirements standard for occupational health and safety management systems.

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New Year – New Standards

A new version of ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 editions are coming soon
February 12, 2013
As we start 2013, it is clear that we will shortly be getting a very different version of ISO 14001 – as well as revisions to ISO 9001.

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Is an ISO Occupational Health and Safety Management standard on the way?

February 12, 2013
I have gotten the following question for several readers

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A job Is a dying concept

July 4, 2012

Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH, gave the keynote presentation last Tuesday (June 19, 2012) at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference (AIHce). In his talk, he focused on 7 trends that will define the future of occupational health and safety – demography, employment, discrimination, disability, governance, standards and professionalism.

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What are your safety and health principles?

April 11, 2012

I have been spending time reviewing the draft of a new ISO document – Guide 82 – Guide for addressing sustainability in standards.

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Quality is being driven by the risks of transparency; safety is not

March 7, 2012

There is a renewed interest in management systems on metrics. This interest seems to be driven by two organizational concerns – transparency and risk.

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Imagine a world without checklists

August 17, 2011
Checklists are essential to successful business operations. 

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