EHS Consulting Articles

  • New York Legionella regulations: are they missing the boat?

    Abstract A large outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx in 2015 prompted NYC to enact law and NYS to propose emergency regulations on the registration and maintenance of cooling towers. This paper describes the fundamental characteristics of point sourced vs. potable water sourced outbreaks and discusses the Bronx outbreak from those perspectives. Ultimately a case is made that ...


    By Evapco Inc.

  • A Health and Safety Career

    From Starting Out to Becoming Chartered Former SHEilds student Gary Webster who became an employee describes a Health and Safety career, from starting out to becoming chartered.  I suppose the foundations of Health and Safety were planted within me when I served in the Army. I was a PTI (Physical Training Instructor) in charge of the daily fitness ...


    By SHEilds Ltd

  • Occurrence of Legionella in showers at recreational facilities

    Critical environments, including water systems in recreational settings, represent an important source of Legionella pneumophila infection in humans. In order to assess the potential risk for legionellosis, we analyzed Legionella contamination of water distribution systems in 36 recreational facilities equipped with swimming pools. One hundred and sixty water samples were ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 8 Steps for Conducting an EHS Culture Assessment

    Environment, health and safety (EHS) managers spend a significant amount of time developing, implementing, auditing and managing their EHS programs—all while training employees, monitoring and measuring performance, and reporting on progress. But despite their best efforts, many EHS managers still find their programs fail to drive best-in-class performance. Why? In our experience, the lack ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Emergency Planning & ADA

    A year ago, Laura, an SCM Team member, fell and fractured her knee cap.  Following surgery, for the next few months, she was non-ambulatory.  She could not walk with that knee.  She became very aware of the difficulties faced by people with special challenges and impairments.  Her experiences bring to mind that whether permanent or temporary, there are times where additional ...

  • Input-output model based ecological risk assessment for ecological risk management of watersheds: a case study in the Taihu Lake watershed, China

    To achieve advanced watershed ecological management, policy-makers have struggled to predict ecological impacts for a long time. As a process of ecosystem analysis, ecological risk assessment (ERA) has been widely adopted to analyse the possibility of adverse ecological effects. ERA has developed from considering only a few indicators in an area to multiple sources and receptors in large-scope ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • What is Indoor Air Quality?

    Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the degree of air purity inside buildings that constitute the usual environment in which people carry out activities (offices, homes, schools, shopping and leisure centres, etc.) Because of increasing urbanisation and our contemporary lifestyle, most people spend a large proportion of their time in these closed environments. The high level of atmospheric ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • What is Indoor Air Quality and How Can You Improve It?

    For the longest time, air quality was meant to refer to the quality of air circulating outdoors. However, indoor air or the air found inside and around homes and office buildings is just as important to pay attention to. Improving indoor air quality should be a priority for everyone.  What is Indoor Air Quality? Indoor air quality is the quality of air found circulating ...


    By Filter Buy

  • Employee Health and Safety Involvement - Communicating with your Workforce

    Part of a recognised management system such as HSG65 or ISO 18001 is the requirement that companies strive for ‘continual improvement’. On the face of it this seems like an unquestionable positive, but its pursuit is not without pitfalls. These are intended to be productive exercises aimed at improving systems and safety. Unfortunately some companies tend to ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Failure risk assessment in water network in terms of planning renewals – a case study of the exemplary water supply system

    In the paper the issue of failure risk assessment in water supply system (WSS) was presented. Problems of water supply network failure constitute a crucial issue in waterworks practice. The results of the analysis were obtained on the basis of real data from water network operation. Attention has been paid to the problem of risk assessment in the context of risk acceptance criteria. An example ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • How risk assessments can make a city more resilient to weather extremes

    Balancing water supply and demand—while addressing current and future vulnerabilities to extreme conditions such as drought—is essential to safeguarding the wellbeing of our communities. Is your city at risk? Identifying where cities have problems and determining how much is at risk is the first step to becoming a strong, resilient city. In states like California, water shortage is ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Can EHS & Quality Live Happily Ever After?

    We do something quite unique at Intelex. We service both the safety and the quality needs of many organizations. As such I get a window into two critical, but often separate parts of an organization. I’m lucky to have had hundreds of conversations with our clients on the value and challenges of their safety and quality programs and in those discussions often hear some common themes. ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • When OSHA Visits--Part 2

    Continuing Our Guide for New Plant Safety Managers On Monday, we took a closer look at the first few steps of an on-site OSHA visit, including the opening conference and records review. (Refresh your memory on that post ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Combined risk assessment of nonstationary monthly water quality based on Markov chain and time-varying copula

    Water quality risk management is a global hot research linkage with the sustainable water resource development. Ammonium nitrogen (NH3-N) and permanganate index (CODMn) as the focus indicators in Huai River Basin, are selected to reveal their joint transition laws based on Markov theory. The time-varying moments model with either time or land cover index as explanatory variables is ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Recap: 4 Interesting Takeaways from the NAEM 2016 EHS & Sustainability Management Forum

    As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. The 2016 NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum officially wrapped up on Friday, Oct. 28 in Denver, Colorado, and it was a fantastic event. The 24th annual event drew hundreds of EHS and sustainability professionals ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Risk as synonymous with uncertainty?

    We’re dealing with countless risks in our daily life, like getting cut during apple slicing, or catching cold if we get wet on a rainy day…or planning a project without a proper risk management plan…  Unknowingly you are doing Risk assessment in everyday life! Take a rain (hazard) for instance… Before you leave home in the morning you turn on the ...


    By qmsWrapper

  • Health and Safety Program Performance, Engagement and Autonomy

    The national retail federation in the U.S. estimates that retail supports 1 out of every 4 jobs in the United States. Retail is incredibly important to the global economy. In fact, many if not all of us have probably been employed by the retail industry at some point in our lives. As such, most of us understand how critical motivation and culture are in ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • 7 Steps for Integrating Your EHS Culture After an Acquisition

    In today’s global marketplace, many companies are seizing opportunities to expand their businesses’ footprint through new partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. But as these companies work to bring their new assets or partnerships into the company fold, many aren’t prepared to integrate their environment, health and safety (EHS) programs. In our experience, EHS programs are ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Modeling Tip: How to Import BREEZE AERMOD files into BREEZE Risk Analyst for Human Health Risk Assessments

    Humans can be exposed to hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) either directly through inhalation or indirectly through ingestion or dermal contact, which can result in acute or chronic health effects. The risk of exposure varies depending on a number of variables, including the meteorological conditions, local geographical and emissions characteristics, the age of the individuals being exposed, and ...

  • 5 Tips for Building Your Company EHS Culture in a Low-Risk Environment

    Environment, health and safety (EHS) programs can do more for your company than simply checking off compliance boxes. EHS can also be an integral part of your company’s culture, demonstrating to employees that their happiness, health and safety is a priority—leading to more productivity and a more proactive approach to minimizing risk. Even in low risk environments, like offices or ...


    By Antea Group - USA

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