August Mack Newsletter | April, 2018

Using eCap To Plan For Compliance With New Requirements?
by Susan Burkett

In today's technological world with the seemingly instantaneous dissemination of information (except for when our computers are "updating") and countless "apps" you would think that planning for compliance with new requirements would be the norm and not the exception. However, since the move towards "LEAN" manufacturing, the ongoing focus on cost cutting, and a list of new requirements that just keeps getting longer even the "planners" among us have struggled to stay ahead of the curve. If you want to get back on track or just get a seat on the train here is how you can get started.

Despite our "techno" world and the speed at which the internet has enabled us to locate and access information, identifying the regulatory requirements that apply to a facility’s operations is a challenge. This can be handled in a number of ways including:

  • Reviewing information on regulatory agency websites
  • Attending seminars, webinars, or other classes that present regulatory requirements
  • Subscribing to services that summarize regulatory requirements
  • Subscribing to the Federal Register and state regulatory bulletins
  • Utilizing consultant and corporate EHS support
 

Once a requirement is identified it must be understood both as to its applicability to your operations and what will actually be required in terms of:

  • Data collection
  • Monitoring
  • Inspections
  • Recordkeeping
  • Emission limits
  • Compliance demonstrations
  • Reporting
  • Fees
 

There is no good shortcut to this step. The regulations need to be read; understood and the various items that need to be completed to be in compliance need to be identified and summarized (passing on that Evelyn Wood’s speed reading seminar doesn’t seem like such a good idea now that you have a 700 page regulation to read).

Once you know what needs to be done you can begin to assign tasks, develop inspection logs/checklists, and train employees so the required data is collected; reports are prepared and submitted; and records are maintained demonstrating your facility’s compliance with the requirements. Of course by the time all this is done for one new regulation you have missed the promulgation of three more new regulations that apply to your operations have been promulgated and you are overdue for a vacation.

Consider using the Compliance Assurance Program (eCAP) to routinely and methodically assess and maintain compliance at your facility including any new environmental health and safety (EH&S) regulatory requirements. eCAP is a management system (EMS) that outsources EH&S administrative duties to August Mack Environmental, Inc.’s team of EH&S experts for a fixed monthly fee. If you are serious about planning for new requirements you need a team of experts not just one person who does three other jobs. Part of implementing eCAP at a client facility includes identifying any new regulatory requirements and planning for compliance by setting milestones and deadlines as appropriate. 

To learn more about this topic, register to attend our free webinar, Using eCAP To Plan for Compliance, on May 23, 2018 @ 3:00pm.


Susan Burkett is a principal engineer and certified safety professional for August Mack Environmental, Inc. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  She has spent the last 27 years working on projects related to environmental, health and safety compliance for government, industrial, manufacturing, commercial, and educational facilities in AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL,GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA, and WI.  She has assisted numerous industrial facilities in complying with a wide-range of EH&S requirements.  She can be reached at 717-399-9587 ext. 224 or sburkett@augustmack.com.

 


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