Regulations and Permits… and How to Deal With Them Responsibly

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The Main Elements of a Strong EH&S Program, Including What’s Usually Missing 

The role of the facility manager has broadened over the years to encompass many responsibilities, including the facility’s physical structures and equipment, budgets and finances, training, compliance with laws and regulations (not to mention company policies, and employees).

Three Magic Words Every Facility Manager Must Learn to Say

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Sustainability Is Important… But Focusing On It Too Much Can Cause Significant Issues

The big buzzword in environmental, health and safety (EH&S) these days is sustainability. Corporations love to tell the public how sustainable they are. Makes for great press and builds the brand. And public opinion is turning such that sustainability – “being green” – is something consumers are demanding more and more of companies.

How to Re-Focus Your EH&S Strategy to Make It More Effective

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The Top 10 EH&S Issues Facility Managers Face Today… and What to Do About Them 

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Case Study: Client Saves $7 Million Thanks to a Thorough Site Assessment

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The I.C.E. Protocol: An Easy Approach for Reducing Your Environmental Exposures and Liabilities

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The I.C.E. (Identify, Control and Eliminate) Protocol is an easy to follow approach for reducing your environmental exposures. With so much going on at your facility at any one time, these simple steps go a long way toward eliminating existing and potential liabilities.

This keeps your employees safe, helps stop costly cleanups from spills and other incidents, and ensures you’re in the good graces of regulators.

The first step is to…

Identify your environmental, health and safety issues.

To do this you must develop a strong knowledge base about your facility. You must understand everything your facility does and how you do it. Your team (long-service employees and managers, especially) is a great resource here, as are existing permits, your current documentation of processes, and your colleagues at a sister facility.

You should also consider getting a second pair of eyes on your facility, such as an environmental consultant. As an “outsider” they can often spot things you miss because of familiarity blindness. In a nutshell, you’re so used to seeing your facility as is, you can’t identify what are seemingly obvious liabilities – which is probably why they haven’t been dealt with before.

Four Steps to Achieving Compliance with Environmental, Health and Safety Regulations

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Step 4: Keep Moving Forward and Maintain Progress

Four Steps to Achieving Compliance with Environmental, Health & Safety Regulations

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Step 3: The Dreaded Regulations and How to Deal with Them

If you missed Step 1 or Step 2 of this series, use these links to read the articles. One of the biggest challenges for any facility or plant manager is to stay in compliance – and in the good graces of regulators. As your facility changes, the permits you have might need to be modified. Or, you might even need totally new permits. Not to mention, regulations are always changing.

But perhaps an even bigger challenge is to get in compliance in the first place.

When you’re starting from scratch, it’s a goal that can seem unachievable. But, because of the very real risk of financial penalties or even facility shutdown, it’s something you have to do… and you should get started now.

The best way to face this big task is to break it into smaller pieces that you tackle one by one:

Step 1: Understand Your Facility Operations

Step 2: Get It Together and Become a Well Organized and Efficient Manager

Step 3: The Dreaded Regulations and How to Deal with Them

Step 4: Keep Moving Forward and Maintain Progress

(Be sure to read Step 1: Understand Your Facility Operations and Step 2: Get It Together and Become a Well Organized and Efficient Manager if you haven’t already.)

What Regulations Do You Need to Worry About?

There are hundreds of regulations – and thousands of pages – covering environmental, health and safety at the local, state, and federal level.

How do you know what rules apply to your facility and the work you do? It can be overwhelming, but there is help available.