August 07, 2008

This week's management quote

" Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

— Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955, Nobel Prize-winning Theoretical Physicist


  1. US EPA Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Greenhouse Gases
  2. The Criticality of Near Misses
  3. The "Right" Failure Is an Option
  4. Cap-And-Trade News: WCI, RGGI Announcements
  5. Study Finds Risky Chemicals in Product Aromas
  6. U.S. Army Works to Cut its Carbon "Bootprint"
  7. Job Opportunities


  1. NAEM Webinar: Driving Business and Environmental Results through Creative Workplace Management, September 11th, 2008. Register Now!
  2. NAEM Forum: 16th Annual EHS Management Forum, October 22nd-24th, 2008 Memphis, TN. Register now!
  3. NAEM Webinar: Business Continuity Planning for EHS Managers, November 18th, 2008

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The news

US EPA Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Greenhouse Gases - Notice
The US EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for greenhouse gases. The ANPR discusses possible approaches and solicits public comment on how greenhouse gases should be controlled under the Clean Air Act from a broad range of mobile and stationary sources in order to mitigate climate change impacts. The notice was published in the Federal Register with a 120-day comment period. Comments are due to EPA on or before November 28, 2008.

The Criticality of Near Misses - Article
While some lessons are best learned the hard way, lessons about safety are not. Near misses in the work place are free lessons in risk management that can help prevent future incidents.

The "Right" Failure Is an Option - Article available for download
“Unlike the generally expressed notion that failure is not an option, when it comes to innovation, failure often should be an option. Best-practice organizations view failure as part of their innovation process, and it is accepted as long as it meets certain criteria, such as being identified early on in the process.” (Click the ‘Download’ button on the right of the linked page.)

Cap-And-Trade News: WCI, RGGI Announcements - Article
The two major regional cap-and-trade programs in the U.S. are moving forward. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, servicing New England, announced that auction process has gone live, and the Western Climate Initiative, made up of seven U.S. states and four Canadian provinces, released its Draft Design of Regional Cap-and Trade Program and Draft Essential Requirements of Mandatory Reporting.

Study Finds Risky Chemicals in Product Aromas - Abstract
“A University of Washington study of top-selling laundry products and air fresheners found the products emitted dozens of different chemicals. All six products tested gave off at least one chemical regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, but none of those chemicals was listed on the product labels.”

U.S. Army Works to Cut its Carbon "Bootprint" - Article
Realizing that fuel trucks are seen as targets on the battlefield, the US Army is looking to decrease the number of fuel convoys. This move will have the multi-faceted benefit of saving energy, money and lives.

Head of EHS for a major healthcare provider in the Mid-Atlantic area
This company is looking for an EHS professional to develop and implement a clear strategy for managing the company’s environmental impact, drive the design and integration of the EHS ethic into the fabric of other major company functions and create a high quality team to meet company EHS requirements. Candidates are expected to have 15+ years of experience, including EHS operations for multi-site global businesses. An undergraduate degree in science or engineering is required, with a graduate degree in a scientific discipline or MBA preferred. Contact: Foster/Searing Ltd.

Regional ESH Manager, ITT Residential and Commercial Water, Lubbock, TX
Functions include; issuing, updating and monitoring the written programs related to the ESH Department, serving as a skilled technical resource to regional sites and site management, providing leadership in the ESH area in a way that incorporates ESH into the local culture and processes, and evaluating current events, regulations and laws in order to ensure that all ESH programs remain in compliance. Four years experience required with education of BA or BS Environmental Health and Safety related science degree such as Biology, Industrial Hygiene, Chemistry, Safety or Environmental Science. Other degrees may substitute if equivalent OTJ or educational experience is shown. Certification as a CIH, CHMM or CSP is preferred.
For full job description or to apply, contact Kim Rooker

EHS Manager, Grace, East Chicago, Indiana
Grace, a premier specialty chemicals and materials company, is seeking an EHS Manager for its manufacturing facility located in East Chicago, Indiana. As the site EHS expert, this person will manage site compliance to EHS regulations and be the primary liaison with the community and regulatory agencies for EHS issues. This person will provide leadership on a daily basis around all segments of the site and business management of EHS issues, including the plant Environmental Control Process, to ensure regulatory compliance. In addition, this person will also identify and implement productivity and cost improvements utilizing Six Sigma tools. The candidate must have a B.S. in Chemical Engineering or other technical discipline and 3-7 years experience as an EHS professional. Six Sigma certification is desired but not required. Please contact Boyd Brown.

Divisional EHS Manager for a metal fabricating company, Nashville, TN area
This position will be responsible for EHS in seven manufacturing plants located in five States. The position reports to the Director of Human Resources and the Corporate EHS Manager. Travel will be approximately 30-40% of the time. The job duties will primarily be safety but the individual should have knowledge of industrial hygiene and environmental. The ideal person will have 5-7 years experience with plant and divisional responsibilities and a BS in Safety or related. No relocation assistance available. Contact: Paul Shrenker

Corporate Safety and Environmental Engineer for multi-national paper company, Atlanta, GA
The position reports to the Corporate Environmental and Safety Compliance Manager. The candidate should have 3-7 years experience in manufacturing and a BS in Safety, Environmental or related. This position will be heavily weighted toward safety. Extensive travel will be required. Contact: Paul Shrenker

EHS Manager for a large construction company, Central IL
The position reports to the HR Manager and has 7 direct reports (Regional Safety Managers). The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of construction safety experience, supervisory experience, certification (CSP, ARM, CIH) and a BS in Safety or related. The position is heavily weighted toward safety. There will be approximately 25% travel. Contact: Paul Shrenker

Product Stewardship Manager for a coatings manufacturer, Philadelphia area
Responsible for the oversight of regulatory issues to support the development, sale, distribution, and safe handling of company products worldwide. Responsible for working with various representatives of Management, Sales, Customer Service, R&D, Marketing and Purchasing to develop and enhance programs and tools to meet internal and customer regulatory compliance needs in regards to chemical registration and control, hazard communication, industrial hygiene, and product stewardship. The ideal candidate will have a BS in technical area, product safety experience from a chemical or coatings manufacture, and project management and leadership experience. Contact: Paul Shrenker

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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