BACKGROUND: Ann Arbor based, A V Systems, Inc., incorporated in 1981, is a pioneer in the environmental compliance software field. Founding members combined extensive backgrounds in applied computer technology in the pharmaceutical, chemical and private industry, as well as 15 years legislative compliance experience gained with the EPA.
In 1988, the company developed its flagship product, MIRS (Material Inventory Report System) as a DOS-based data management system, to address compliance issues of the EPA SARA Title III Section 312 and Section 313 regulations, which came into effect in 1987. Modules covering other EPA or OSHA regulations were added in subsequent years as the respective regulations came into place. The program was soon upgraded to a Windows version.
The current (April 2006) MIRS Version 12.10 for Windows 98/2000/ME/NT/XP is distributed on either CD ROM or through the MIRS-Online service and offers features such as wizards, e-mail integration, web display capabilities. The company prides itself on the comprehensiveness and flexibility of its product offers. Today, the MIRS software package provides modules that cover the full range of EH&S management and compliance reporting mandates: SARA, RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and OSHA Hazardous Communications (including MSDS). The product functions and features have also been highly regarded by our customers, as well as the industry.
Since the reporting year 1988, MIRS has been the only software on the market to receive EPA approval* for its FORM R report each year before the submittal deadline. (* EPA approval no longer required).
TECHNICAL SUPPORT: MIRS is a fully supported software program, featuring routine regulatory updates and unlimited telephone consultation with an experienced technical representative. The annual (biannual for those with FORM R) program updates ensure timely compliance with EPA and OSHA reporting requirement changes, as well as new features and other program enhancements.
A PROVEN SOLUTION: From the first stand-alone module to the more than 20 offered today, MIRS has been successfully used by thousands of facilities across the United States. In fact, our company's very first client, who began using MIRS in 1988, remains a client today.
NOW AND IN THE FUTURE: Since A V Systems began developing and producing MIRS, many competing software packages have merged or gone out of business entirely. Not only has A V Systems supported MIRS clients with timely regulatory updates and feature enhancements, but A V has also performed numerous data conversions from existing and outdated software packages into MIRS. These data conversions save companies valuable data entry time and effort, and help them maintain compliance with the OSHA Right-to-Know regulations, which require that hazardous chemical information be available for 30 years.
A V Systems, Inc., top rated by Dun and Bradstreet in its category, is wholly dedicated to addressing the data management and regulatory compliance needs of Environmental, Health & Safety professionals through its modular and integrated software.
MIRS™ is designed for unlimited flexibility to fit your needs. New and add-on modules are easily installed and fully integrated to operate seamlessly. In addition to the more than 20 modules for your various compliance and data management needs, A V Systems, the developer of MIRS™, provides a full range of services and configuration options to make sure that you get the most out of your MIRS™ package.
Annual Support Subscription & software update
The MIRS™ Annual Support subscription provides clients with unlimited telephone technical support from a senior level technical support representative.
Clients with Annual Support subscriptions receive at least one full software version update incorporating the latest regulatory changes, report changes and feature enhancements.
For clients with a current Annual Support subscription, a new version of MIRS™ is automatically delivered in January of each year. FORM R module users receive an additional update in April. These releases changes to regulatory report forms, regulated chemical list updates, database updates, as well as program enhancements, such as new features, new menu options, and new data fields.
Throughout the year, A V Systems' Regulatory Specialists track and research the regulatory changes that could affect our clients. Any changes are incorporated into the software, removing the burden from you.
MIRS™ Technical Support is no ordinary tech support line that you call only when there is a problem. It's business support that you can call whenever you want to know how your MIRS™ software can work even harder for you.
Having unlimited access means that you can call (or e-mail) our Technical Support Specialists as often as you like, no matter how big or small the issue. Whether it's to eliminate a problem or to make MIRS work even more productively for you.
MIRS™ Technical Support is like having an EH&S consultant on call, to help you get more from your software.
A V Systems provides regularly scheduled, hands-on technical training seminars on the use of MIRS™. Small class sizes provide for extensive individual attention. The seminars are held in two-day sessions. Clients may choose to attend one or both days of the Training seminar. In-house and on-site company training is also available.
Custom Data Import
This service option provides one-time import of existing EHS information into MIRS™ database for smooth installation and start-up of MIRS™.
Save your valuable time by having your existing data (whether from another in-house program or spreadsheets) imported directly into the program.
Import information includes component, manufacturer and MSDS data.
Custom Data Conversion
Much like the Custom Data Import, the Custom Data Conversion is a service option in which A V Systems programmers convert data from other programs to MIRS. This preserves valuable information and saves countless data entry hours.
Because AVS has considerable experience and expertise in this area, we are able to provide most data conversions at a cost less than that of one software module. Read an article about A V Systems' data conversion expertise, 'Solution to a New EH&S Software Problem', published in Pollution Equipment News magazine.
AVS has performed successful data conversions from many existing and outdated systems, including:
CHEMTOX®; OSHA-Soft/Achieve! Technology; HAZ/TRAK / The Hawkwa Group; Rainbow MSDS/Pro-Am Software; HITS; HAZOX/HAZOX Corporation.
Compliance is Important
Because OSHA requires that companies maintain chemical exposure information for 30 years, it is important to make sure that the MSDS data is retained<