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Regulatory Compliance Management and the Crucial Role of Qualified Environmental Professionals

Source: Cochrane & Associates, LLC

Qualified Environmental Professional® (QEP®) credential-holders practice with a broad understanding of environmental science as well as specialized knowledge in solid and hazardous waste, air quality, water quality, and environmental science management and policy.

Lansing, MI, September 16th, 2019 -- The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will turn 50 years old on December 2, 2020. Some states began issuing environmental protection laws even before the birth of the EPA. There are also city, county, town, or other local ordinances that are there to protect the environment.

 

Manufacturing companies routinely encounter these regulations in their day-to-day operations.  Hopefully, the encounter is a planned one - because the facility knew about the regulations in advance. Otherwise, EPA enforcement actions and penalties, which increased earlier this year, can be substantial and lead to damaging public relations and costly legal fees.

 

To ensure compliance, environmental professionals are often tasked with identifying applicable environmental regulations and putting management systems in place. Depending on the manufacturing process and its associated environmental impacts, there may be numerous applicable regulations to manage. And, building relationships with plant operations, maintenance, engineering, and other organizational functions is a critical element of successful regulatory compliance management.

 

“One group working diligently to stay apace with current regulatory compliance requirements, and support the efforts of those who must comply with them, are known as Qualified Environmental Professionals,” said Chris Bagley, P.E., CIH, CHMM, QEP. “These elite environmental professionals who have earned the QEP® credential have demonstrated a broad understanding of environmental science, along with a commitment to high standards of practice and ethics. QEPs are available to provide regulatory compliance management support and a broad range of other environmental services.’

 

About the Board for Global EHS Credentialing® (BGC®) and Its Credentials and Designations

Founded in 1960, the Board for Global EHS Credentialing’s mission is to be the leader in offering credentials that elevate the technical and ethical standards for professionals practicing the science of protecting, managing, and enhancing the health and safety of people and the environment. The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) and the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice® (IPEP®) are credentialing divisions of the BGC, offering the Certified Industrial Hygienist® (CIH®) credential, Qualified Environmental Professional® (QEP®) credential, and the Environmental Professional In-Training® (EPI®) designation. 

 

Currently, more than 7,600 people around the world hold the CIH credential, QEP credential, or EPI designation. To locate a CIH to perform industrial hygiene services, please email a request to Info@EHSCredentialing.org. To learn more about a BGC credential or designation, please visit www.EHSCredentialing.org, email Info@EHSCredentialing.org or call (517) 321-2638.