Tal Ijaz

Ask the Expert: Dr. Tal Ijaz

Dr. Tal Ijaz is a Senior Engineer and Strategic Lead for our Allocation & Litigation Support team. After many years living in the United States, Tal is currently based in London. When he is not in the office, you’ll find him travelling throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. What do you find most rewarding about

PFAS

Reporting and Recordkeeping for Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances under Section 8(a)(7) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

On October 11, 2023, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) finalized revisions to TSCA Section 8(a)(7) rulemaking and reporting. TSCA Section 8(a)(7) provides authority for the USEPA to collect existing information on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The goal of the rule is to enable USEPA to better characterize the sources and quantities of

Sediment & Risk Assessment Publications

EHS Support’s Sediment & Risk Assessment Team recently contributed to the following journal publications:     Stark, Jordan, et al. July 2023. Topographic Drivers of Soil Moisture Across a Large Sensor Network in the Southern Appalachian Mountains (USA) Water Resources Research Journal Summary: Developed models of fine-scale variation in soil moisture based on data collected

New MODEL Bills Provide Framework for Achieving Environmental Equity

In a collaborative effort, WE ACT for Environmental Justice and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law have introduced an initiative known as the “model for optimizing and designing environmental legislation” (MODEL) bills. WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a membership-based organization in New York, focused on engaging people of color and/or low-income residents in

Kevin Robinson

Ask the Expert: Kevin Robinson

Kevin Robinson is a Senior Geologist and Team Leader for Allocation & Litigation Support. When he is not in the office, chances are you can find him spending time with his family exploring the outdoors. What do you like best about the work you do?  The Litigation & Allocation Support team works with clients on

Achieving a Work/RV-Life Balance – One Mile at a Time

By: Allen Mires, Sr. Health & Safety Specialist

If someone told me two years ago that I would have an opportunity to live in an RV and travel the country for work, I would have told them they were mentally unstable and unfit to operate heavy machinery. Yet, for the past 14 months, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I’d like to say it’s been easy and effortless, but my parents raised me to be honest.

I started working for EHS Support as a Sr. Health and Safety Specialist in February of 2022. In April of 2022, my wife and I sold our house in Texas, along with most of our possessions, and purchased a fifth-wheel trailer and a truck to pull it! We made some minor modifications to the trailer to set up an office/desk where the dining table once was, invested in a pretty beefy internet setup with backup, and started our journey.

Our first stop allowed us to settle into the RV life and get used to living in 400 square feet, compared to the 2200 square feet of the house we sold. What we anticipated to be the hardest adjustment was actually easy. It’s amazing and liberating to find out how much stuff you don’t actually need! I traded a 20 X 30-foot wood shop for a world of forests, mountains, beaches, and a very comfortable lawn chair – and I have no regrets.

We started out slowly and made sure that an airport was always nearby, so I could travel to remote work locations on short notice. Limiting travel to the weekends allows me to focus on work during the week. While my days are filled working, we spend our evenings and weekends exploring the local attractions in each new city. We have experienced more in these past 14 months than we did before RV life.

Yes, there have been challenges. From water leaks in the middle of the night to RV repairs, and air conditioner maintenance – it has not been a vacation by any means. But the view outside of the window beside my desk features a new scene every time we move. My backdrops have included hills, forests, canyons, lakes, and rivers. This lifestyle has provided my family with the opportunity to visit places we wouldn’t normally see while allowing us to experience them together.

This lifestyle isn’t for everyone. It requires patience, flexibility, and curiosity. Sometimes it may not work out the way we plan due to unpredictable client schedules. But when it works, there’s nothing better than being able to do the job you love, with the people you love, with the freedom you love!

Stay tuned as EHS Support will continue to ‘ride along’ with Allen on his adventures in the coming months. Curious to learn more about the Work/RV-Life Balance? Reach out to Allen.

Celebrating 18 Years in Business!

EHS Support is proud to celebrate our 18-year anniversary as a global leader in environmental, health, and safety solutions. While we have expanded our team and offerings over the years – our commitment to our people, clients, and culture has remained the same since day one. The leadership structure we have in place allows us

Department of Labor Announces Rule Expanding Submission Requirements for Injury, Illness Data Provided by Employers in High-Hazard Industries

Earlier this week the Department of Labor adopted a rule requiring employers in certain high-hazard industries to electronically submit injury and illness information to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), starting January 1, 2024. According to the Department of Labor’s news release, the rule, announced on July 17, 2023, pertains to employers with more than

Warehouse audit

OSHA Announces National Emphasis Program Focused on Warehouses, Processing Facilities, Distribution Centers, and High-Risk Retail Establishments

On July 13, 2023, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the same-day launch of their latest National Emphasis Program (NEP); a program designed to address workplace hazards in warehousing and distribution centers, package processing facilities, and distribution center operations (including mail, parcel processing, couriers/express delivery services, and local delivery/messengers), and high-risk retail establishments. Inspections

USEPA Releases Newest Version of Environmental Justice Screening Tool

On June 26th, the US EPA released the newest version of their Environmental Justice (EJ) Screening and Mapping Tool, EJScreen Version 2.2. The update focused on a redesign of the printable standard reports, new data sets including indexes on Toxic Releases to Air, and facility compliance data. The new “Printable Standard Report” renamed the “EJScreen