asbestos compliance Articles

  • The Asbestos Debacle

    Society and industry are diligently working to find better solutions through waste reduction, recycling and reuse, but what is the plan for hazardous materials, such as asbestos, in buildings and property? Known as the miracle mineral, asbestos was used for its resiliency against chemical attack and its excellent tensile strength and superior fire-proofing characteristics. The material was used ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Asbestos management goes digital - Mobile solutions for asbestos tracking

    Compliance with new regulations is nearly impossible using only paper-based systems, especially for owners of large numbers of buildings. A critical component of any asbestos management strategy is the effective application of technology – but selection and implementation of systems can mean a large investment of both time and money. The objective of this article is to provide an explanation of ...


    By Basebridge.com Limited

  • Asbestos Liability: How Does a Company CEO Provide Financial Assurance?

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been sued by the environmental groups, Sierra Club, Great Basin Resource Watch, Amigos Bravos and Idaho Conservation League, to enforce Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), i.e., companies must prove financial assurance requirements for hazardous releases. In short, prove to EPA that they ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • The cheaper, safer and faster way to remove Asbestos is coming to the Netherlands

    When you think about asbestos removal, you may initially envision the experts dressed in full white suits, ready to take on the challenge of removing it safely. But when a company is in need of asbestos removal, the first thing they may think of is the heavy cost associated or length of time. Handling this issue is never a walk in the park for any company. However, cost and time burdens are about ...

  • Emergency remediation response case study

    Services Performed Emergency remediation response, oil and hazardous waste consulting and a mold/indoor air quality (IAQ) testing Summary Following the flooding of the Spicket River during the Spring 2006, EFI Global was engaged to evaluate a nursing home in Lawrence, MA. After the initial environmental evaluation, our team observed that the basement and ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

  • Enforcement Corner

    As EHS regulatory activity grows, enforcement activity correspondingly increases around the world. Here are just a few enforcement cases Enhesa has found in the past few months. On 16 May, Default Notices in Zambia were issued to holders of large scale Prospecting and Mining Licenses by the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development. Holders who were given Default Notices were those that ...

  • Selwood Housing – Case Study

    Project Highlights After a successful tendering process, Envirochem was awarded the contract to provide surveying and analytical services to Selwood Housing. Envirochem are responsible for organising a large number of management surveys of various Housing stock in the relevant timescales. Additional analytical services include bulk analysis ...

  • Pt. 2 - IN the MIX - Construction Safety and Gas Detection

    This is part 2 of our 4 part series on Gas detection in the Construction Industry. With so many OSHA regulations, where do we begin to search for help with gas detection or respiratory protection within confined spaces? To start, OSHA has a web tool called the OSHA Construction “eTool”. ...


  • Clemen-soap: a shipbreaking saga

    After an illustrious history, the final days of the ‘Clemenceau’ aircraft carrier have become mired in controversy. The French navy wanted the vessel to go for breaking in India, but environmentalists had other ideas … When the French navy replaced its fifty-year-old aircraft carrier ‘Clemenceau’ with its nuclear successor the ‘Charles de Gaulle’ in 1997, it looked for a place to scrap the old ...


    By Recycling International

  • Responding to audit surprises

    An audit is a systematic and documented investigation to determine if prescribed processes are functioning as intended. We audit to find out whether processes are working properly, where they are not working properly, and how to address identified gaps. No matter how diligent the staff is in following procedures, there are nearly always revelations indicating needed corrections and opportunities ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Enhesa – Enforcement Corner

    As EHS regulatory activity continues to grow, enforcement continues around the world. Below are just a few examples of recent EHS enforcement actions. On 20 June 2011, an oil company branch in the United Kingdom was ordered by Ipswich Crown Court to pay a total of £1.24million in fines and costs over the explosion and fire at one of its gas terminals on 28 February 2008. The explosion blew ...

  • How to avoid hearing the phrase “you should have known” in 2022

    On 4 June 2012 a silent revolution happened, and it went unnoticed by many of us. In Europe, the number of chemicals in use classified as carcinogens quadrupled. If you are a Corporate Director or Manager you should have concern regarding the implications of this in the long run, as it is one of the few issues that may find you on trial for willfully neglecting EHS regulations in the workplace. ...

  • Protecting reputation across your supply chain

    In the words of Benjamin Franklin:  "It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it." Some of the key risks that can expose businesses to reputational damage are: health and safety, environmental performance, operational disruption and commercial problems. While many companies have these risks well controlled within their own business, there can be ...


    By Altius Vendor Assessment Ltd

  • How to avoid buying in supply chain risk

    In an article first published on the Supply Management blog, Altius Managing Director Gary Plant advises on six vital steps procurement managers can take to cut supplier risk. A survey of Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) has revealed that supplier risk is a major concern. 45% of CPOs responding to the Global Procurement & Strategic Sourcing Data Survey conducted by Consero Group, named ...


    By Altius Vendor Assessment Ltd

  • Environmental enforcement trends in brazil

    Environmental enforcement trends in brazil Brazil does not have a strong reputation for the enforcement of its laws. Lesley K. McAllister stated that “The paradox of environmental enforcement in Brazil is that environmental laws are strong but environmental agencies are weak.” (McAllister paraphrasing Aragão and Bunker, 1998, in Making Law Matter: Environmental Protection & ...

  • The six mistakes executives make in risk management

    “Black Swan” events are all but impossible to predict. What should you do to protect your company? This article was inspired by a recent piece with the same title in the Harvard Business Review.1 While the authors structured their message to reach executives facing a broad range of business risks, it is particularly relevant to environmental professionals for two reasons. First, ...

  • EPA Budget Cuts Spell Stricter Enforcement:Technology the Answer

    How does the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) receive funding? The simple answer - the taxpayer -from the taxpayer to Congress from Congress to the EPA, the taxpayer being the catalyst. The economy is in deep trouble; our government is looking at options not to default on our debt, trim budgets and reduce unemployment. One disturbing factor is that Congress wants to take billions ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Brownfields redevelopment; Understanding your environmental responsibilities

    Brownfields are properties that have, or may have, contamination or the stigma of contamination that hinders the reuse of land for new development. The lure to these properties is great – seemingly prime, large tracts of land being sold for relatively inexpensive prices; the vision of unrestricted development; putting residential communities on these lands and reaping a great return. To further ...

  • Power Plant Asset Transactions Managing Environmental Issues

    Deregulation of the electricity industry has spawned unprecedented asset transfer activity among electric generating companies. Many companies are focusing on generation, while a large number of former generating companies are shifting their focus to concentrate on power distribution and communication initiatives. The result is a significant turnover of power plants to new owners as generating ...


    By AECOM

  • Comments on 2011 Proposed SNURs Prompt Proposal Regarding Hierarchy of Controls

    On July 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes to the existing regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to align these regulations with revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard (HCS), as well as changes to the OSHA ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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