Navigating OSHA Inspections and Defending Against Employee Misconduct: A Quick Tutorial 

In today’s workplace landscape, maintaining safety standards and addressing employee misconduct are critical aspects of business operations. When it comes to OSHA inspections and defending against employee misconduct, there are important considerations for employers. Let’s break it down:  OSHA Inspections  OSHA inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with workplace safety regulations and can occur randomly or in response

The Heat Is On: Understanding Heat Stress and How to Manage It Effectively 

As summer approaches, we know that rising temperatures and humidity are coming, which also means a potential rise in heat stress incidents is on the way. Working in extreme heat may cause a variety of health complications—such as heat strokes, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat syncope, heat rash, rhabdomyolysis, or an acute kidney injury—if one

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reporting: Are You Ready?  

We are all familiar with many of the environmental regulatory reporting programs: Tier II Chemical Inventory, Toxic Release Inventory, and Annual or Biennial Hazardous Waste Reports. One that may not be as commonly known is reporting under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  TSCA is a chemical law that regulates substances, including mixtures, that pose

Ask the Expert – Nizette Consolazio

Nizette is a biochemical engineer with nearly a decade of consulting and research experience. Her primary areas of focus include soil and groundwater contamination investigation, remedial design, wastewater treatment system design, environmental bench scale studies, and emerging contaminants. What do you find most rewarding about the work that you do?   I think of myself as

The Role of Toxicology in Risk Assessment and Sediment Evaluations

Toxicological science plays a central role in protecting public health and the environment against environmental risk. It does so directly by providing tools to prevent the development and release of toxic chemicals and indirectly through its impact on risk assessment. Toxicology and risk assessment are closely related, with risk assessment largely resting on two core

Thermal Remediation Assessment & Implementation

Site Description   EHS Support was retained to address the historical sources of organic contamination at a multi-use commercial site, allowing the owner and key stakeholders to achieve site closure and enable site reuse within an expedited timeframe.   Site Complexity:  Existing 80,000 sf structure located near a water body  Geology comprised of heterogeneous fill material overlying

Ask the Expert: Farshid Emam

Farshid Emam is a Compliance Specialist at EHS Support. In addition to a strong background in Canadian regulations, Farshid brings more than 10 years of experience in environmental, health, safety, and quality compliance, including implementation, audit, and assessment of management systems (ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 45001, ISO 9001, IATF 16949, ISO/IEC 17025, and IMS).

Facilities Required to Develop Hazardous Substance Facility Response Plans

On March 14, 2024, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Administrator Michael Regan signed a final rule requiring certain facilities to develop a facility response plan (FRP) for a worst-case discharge of Clean Water Act (CWA)wa, or threat of such a discharge. This rule aims to enhance preparedness and minimize environmental harm in the event

Lower NAAQS for PM2.5 Takes Effect May 6, 2024

On February 7, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced a final rule lowering the primary annual National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) from 12 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m³) to 9.0 µg/m³. While 99 percent of U.S. counties are expected to meet this lower standard by 2032 due to steps already taken by States, Tribes,

Is Your Facility Prepared to Use AFFF During an Emergency Response? 

By Reynolds B. Renshaw, Principal Consultant, EHS Support Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) has been an effective flammable liquid firefighting tool for over half a century. Developed by the Navy to combat on-board ship fires involving fuel, AFFF became the standard emergency response tool at airports and industrial facilities worldwide. The effective chemical components of AFFF,

Ask the Expert: Dana McCue

Dana McCue is a Senior Risk Assessor and Toxicology & Human Health Risk Assessment lead at EHS Support. She brings over 30 years of experience specializing in human health risk assessment (HHRA), site investigation, and environmental chemistry. What do you find most rewarding about the work that you do? Throughout my career, I’ve had the