September 4, 2008
This week's management quote

"Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers. "

— Robert Half , American Businessman, Founder of Robert Half International

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  1. High Fuel Costs Leading to More Efficient Supply Chains
  2. U.S. Industry "Overlooking" 75% of Carbon
  3. GM, Ford, Toyota and Others Launch EcoDriving Campaign
  4. The Green Built Environment in the United States
  5. Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid’s Limits
  6. Munchausen at Work
  7. Job Opportunities


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The news

High Fuel Costs Leading to More Efficient Supply Chains - Report
“High fuel prices are causing the country's manufacturers, retailers and logistics providers to rethink their transportation strategies, according to a new study. Many respondents in "The Impact of High Fuel Prices on Logistics Report 2008" signaled a transition from consolidating distribution centers and warehouses to an increase in individual sites.” The report is available for download.

U.S. Industry "Overlooking" 75% of Carbon Footprint - Article
“Two-thirds of U.S. industries overlook 75% of their total greenhouse gas emissions using current calculation methods, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. Most companies reporting their greenhouse gas emissions opt to use only their tier one or tier two boundary- leaving significant amounts of emissions unaccounted for, the researchers say. The average industry has only 14% of its total greenhouse gas emissions in tier one and 12% in tier two for a total of 26%.” The report is available for download.

GM, Ford, Toyota and Others Launch EcoDriving Campaign - Article
For companies with a fleet of cars, small changes to driving habits can have a big impact. Several automakers are teaming up to promote EcoDriving, a practice that can reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel mileage by 15%.

The Green Built Environment in the United States - Report
Although green buildings are quickly becoming more commonplace in American cities, some insurers are uneasy accepting unknown risks associated with them. “For example, green roofs can keep buildings cooler, and reduce energy costs and carbon dioxide emissions. But, they also may pose water damage and structural challenges.”

Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid’s Limits - Article
“The dirty secret of clean energy is that while generating it is getting easier, moving it to market is not. Expansive dreams about renewable energy, like Al Gore’s hope of replacing all fossil fuels in a decade, are bumping up against the reality of a power grid that cannot handle the new demands.”

Munchausen at Work - Article
This article sheds light on “a troublesome workplace phenomenon that's now attracting attention: employees who quietly cause problems so they can later take credit for fixing them. Georgia Institute of Technology business professor Nathan Bennett dubs the behavior "Munchausen at work," because it resembles a rare psychological disorder in which sufferers seek attention by making up an illness or inducing sickness in others.”

Job Opportunities

Regional Safety Coordinator, BJ's Wholesale Club, Florida
The Regional Safety Coordinator is responsible for managing Club Safety and Environmental programs in the Florida market. This includes communicating safety policies, procedures and department protocol with our Team Members. Also responsible for creating and updating safety training programs to ensure they meet or exceed industry and regulatory standards. Requires a minimum of 2 years of experience in a safety capacity for a manufacturing, healthcare, retail or public safety organization. Knowledge of OSHA, EPA, NFPA, ANSI and other applicable federal, state and municipal laws and regulations pertaining to safety, life safety, environmental safety and industrial hygiene is also required. A Bachelor’s Degree in Safety, Environmental Safety, or another Safety Science is required. Requires 60% travel including occasional overnights. For more information, visit

VP EHS, Downs Associates, Charlotte, NC
We are the global leader in supplying separator solutions for use in starting, deep-cycling and stand-by power battery applications. We are seeking a Vice President of Worldwide Environmental Health & Safety. This position offers you the opportunity to take over a well-run global ES&H function but also to make your mark as you lead our continuous improvement initiatives and ongoing commitment to being world class. You will provide leadership and oversight for developing and deploying effective ES&H policies and programs in a matrix organization with 10 facilities in the US, Europe, and Asia. To be a good fit for this opportunity you will have significant experience leading ES&H activities in industrial settings, and the ideal candidate will have hands-on experience with both environmental and health & safety. In addition to demonstrated leadership abilities, you will need excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence others and to interact effectively with diverse cultures. You also will need to be willing and able to travel domestically and internationally between 30% and 50% of the time. For more information, visit

OSIH Center of Expertise Team member, BASF, Geismar, LA
Responsibilities include to provide technical and regulatory expertise as OSIH subject matter experts, interpretation and guidance to ensure compliance with regulatory and BASF requirements, safe work practices and continuous improvement of OSIH programs, create, lead and oversee implementation of new safety and health programs to support culture development and performance improvement, perform incident root cause analysis and provide coaching to improve performance. Qualifications are a Bachelor of Science in safety and health, chemical engineering or other technical field, 10+ years of demonstrated OSIH experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably chemical manufacturing; 3+ years experience in a corporate role, CSP, CIH preferred. Must be detail orientated and results driven with demonstrated team leadership. For more information, visit

Senior Biosafety Specialist, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
Develops and implements a comprehensive biological safety program throughout all research, clinical and service areas that meets NIH, CDC, OSHA and granting agency requirements: develops and implements a comprehensive biosafety program designed to provide appropriate protection and compliance; assists and works individually with researchers and staff to develop, implement and maintain biosafety practices for each research unit that will be tailored to fit the biological hazards and the needs of each unit. Qualifications include bachelor's degree in biology, microbiology, cellular biology, infectious diseases or other related laboratory science required; Master's degree preferred; must have 5 years of increasingly responsible experience in the area of biosafety with demonstrated knowledge and experience with gene transfer research and technologies and USDA APHIS control regulations; must have knowledge and practice: recognition, evaluation, and control of biohazardous materials; must be able to use all WCMC-supplied safety equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. For more information, visit

Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks a Director of Environmental Health and Safety to lead and strengthen environmental health and safety essential systems and processes and create collaborative partnerships with key constituencies inside and outside of the institution. The Director of EHS will develop and direct the efforts of a contemporary and professional, service-oriented environmental, health and safety department. S/he will design, coordinate, and oversee a comprehensive environmental, health and safety management system, including procedural documentation, and related training. The Director will also oversee Rensselaer's nuclear radiation safety program, which includes surveys, inspections, training and related activities. Qualifications: The successful candidate will possess: solid, broad experience in fire emergency management, hazardous waste disposal, and industrial safety; a Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline and at least 5 years experience directing and leading an environmental health and safety programs. This position requires an incumbent with strong analytical and technical abilities and demands fast, but carefully thought-out results. Strong leadership and control of the work process from beginning to end is necessary. Additional focus of the position centers around developing new ideas and systems, and also analyzing and improving on old ones. A high level of expertise is expected and the ability to spot and correct errors is important. For more information, visit

Senior Manager – EHS, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Wayne, PA
Oversee the EHS programs for Shire’s US Manufacturing. Laboratories and associated support groups including Shire Owings Mills, Shire HGT-MA sites, and distribution facilities. Develop strategic plans for EHS continuous improvement across all manufacturing, labs and support functions, ensuring that Shire’s EHS management system and associated procedures are consistently applied and practiced. Collaborate closely as part of the EHS Senior Management Leadership team with the Senior Director -Global EHS; Senior Manager EHS - Chesterbrook/US Sales; and Senior Manager EHS -International to build an EHS Global program, strategically support the work of EHS professional at each site and to assist them in developing a culture based on EHS being an integral part of each employee’s job. Promote EHS corporate responsibility. 8-10 years experience in EHS related field -University degree in a technical discipline, e.g. science, engineering or safety related discipline -Membership in Professional Organizations or Institutions of Occupational Safety & Health, Env. etc., and ability to mentor, motivate, and empower people to perform at their optimum. For more information, visit

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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