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OSH Certifications: Behind the Exams, Cheryl L. (Cheri) Marcham, Treasa M. Turnbeaugh and Nicola J. Wright

The process of developing and scoring a certification exam is complicated and uses a scientific and mathematic psychometric process to achieve defendable outcomes. How much of the process is well understood by either the general public, employers or even safety and health professionals? This article presents information intended to help OSH professionals understand why and how a properly developed and administered certification exam shows the mark of excellence in the field of safety and health.


756 Management of Mold, Before, During, and After a Water Intrusion Event, Robert Rottersman and Jennifer Ellis

A company that manages moisture in its buildings will reduce the risk of mold growth, business interruption, employee complaints, and negative PR. The time to think about moisture and mold growth in a building is not after it becomes evident; it is before you break ground, consider building and mechanical design, construction life cycle, preventative maintenance, building operation and incident recovery preparedness. When an event does occur, it is important to take an approach that is appropriate to both remediate damaged materials and mitigate the water source.


645 Fundamentals of SH&E: Environment 101D, Jay C. Brakensiek

This PowerPoint presentation covers the fundamentals of environment. Topics covered include: 1. Environmental Program Management; 2.Historical Major Environmental Events; 3.Environmental Law & Regulations; Background in the United States; 4. Key EPA Environmental Regulations for Safety Professionals – The Basics; and 5. Current “Hot Button” issues.


634 Environmental A-Z. from Permitting to Compliance, Caitlin Anderson and Gabriela Zappia

It is imperative that the EHS professional have a general understanding of why environmental regulations exist, how compliance is typically achieved, and when changes may impact a sites regulatory obligations. Understanding these three elements will enable the EHS professional to manage the entire Environmental Management System more effectively and efficiently, from A to Z. This paper will focus on air requirements and obligations, but the same tools and concepts can be applied to other environmental aspects, such as waste and storm water.


605 Look Up - The Roof's on Fire, Richard P. Luongo and Aaron J. Kalisher

Photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy continues to grow on a global basis. Currently, Europe leads the world with nearly 75% of total installations; however, the United States now produces 10% of the world’s remaining solar capacity. Due to a velocity of growth in this industry, vulnerabilities to unintended consequences may include fires, building collapse, electrocution, injuries/fatalities to workers, including slips, trips and falls, and the impairment of fire-fighting activities. This report will highlight the challenges and importance of embedding safety management for the successful design, commissioning and ongoing maintenance of rooftop PV installations.


Management System Benefits, Risk Ranking & Change Management, Herbert Bell & Mary L. Prisby

During the past few years, companies have been moving toward developing environmental, safety and health management systems in order to organize their regulatory and internal company requirements and information. It is necessary for safety and environmental resources to understand the benefits in developing a management system that will meet their company’s specific needs.


Guidelines to Prepare ISO 50001:2011: Compliant Energy Management System Implementation Plan, CH. Rama Krushna Chary

An ENMS plan can be developed to formalize any energy management programs in line with the organization’s procedures allowing for the proactive pursuit of optimal energy solutions that will lead to environmental, societal and economic benefits. This plan can be implemented over all operations, facilities and services.


Safety 2014 Key Issue Roundtable Notes - Environmental Leading Indicators, Jessica Jannaman and Caitlan Anderson

A summary of the discussion which took place during this Safety 2014 Roundtable session on Environmental Leading Indicators.


Hydraulic Fracturing Unique Threats & Future Implications, MoneShay Pinkston-Thomas

Hydraulic fracturing is a well-stimulation process that maximizes the extraction of underground resources. The process is not new, but it has become increasingly prevalent in the past decade with the advent of new technical developments such as enhanced horizontal and multi-stage fracking technologies (OSHA, n.d.). These technologies improve access to natural gas and oil deposits by allowing workers to pump large volumes of highly pressurized water and sand into a well to break down shale and other tight formations, which allows oil and gas to flow into the well.


The Changing Death Industry, Dean Fisher

Humans have buried the dead underground for thousands of year, and in the past century, flame cremation has gained acceptance. Today, burial and cremation are nearly equal in popularity, each accounting for approximately 50% of final dispositions in the U.S.


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