If you're having trouble viewing this e-mail, please enter e-newsletter.naem.org/2012/march22.html into your browser.

NAEM Network E-News

March 22, 2012

This week's management quote

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan, NBA Hall of Famer (1963 -)

  1. OSHA announces alignment with globally harmonized system for chemicals
  2. Tax, Sustainability Departments' disconnect is 'A missed opportunity'
  3. Should the Chief Sustainability Officer be sustained?
  4. Executives see worsening work-life imbalance
  5. Use of 'Conflict Minerals' gets more scrutiny from U.S.
  6. Mushrooms: Great in soups, salads and packaging
  7. Job Opportunities

Upcoming 2011 NAEM Events

Conference: 2012 Product Stewardship Conference
Boston, Mass. - May 9-10, 2012 - Register today!
From product compliance to managing requests for material disclosures, discover how leading companies have advanced their product stewardship program through the EHS function.

Conference: 2012 EHS Compliance Excellence Workshop
Chicago, Ill.. - Aug 1-2, 2012 - Register today!
See how leading companies are managing EHS to ensure compliance, reduce risk and drive business results.

Conference: 2012 EHS Management Forum
Naples, Fla. - Oct. 17-19, 2012 - Register today!
With two days of peer-led interactive sessions and keynote presentations, this is the premier event dedicated to showcasing best practices in EHS and sustainability management. 

And now the news

OSHA announces alignment with globally harmonized system for chemicals - Article
OSHA held a teleconference March 20 to announce the final rule for the long-awaited update to OSHA's Hazard Communication standard that aligns it with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Haz Comm 2012, as it is known at the agency, communicates information about chemical hazards in the workplace “more simply, clearly and effectively,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. It “empowers [workers] with the best information about the chemicals they handle in the workplace,” she added.
Watch for updates on NAEM's GHS webinar on April 24th!

Tax, Sustainability Departments' disconnect is 'A missed opportunity' - Article
Many companies could be missing opportunities for financial savings as tax departments and sustainability programs lack integration, according to a survey from Ernst & Young. The lack of involvement by the tax department in the sustainability strategy can result in missed financial incentives for sustainability initiatives.

Should the Chief Sustainability Officer be sustained? - Article
If you take away all the buzz words, isn't sustainability just old-fashioned efficiency? If using less water or fuel saves money, any smart business will do it.  But many business experts say that with increasing natural resource costs, regulation and public scrutiny, companies today need to go beyond traditional efficiency, and that requires a highranking manager with a specific mandate—a chief sustainability officer. But is the position really justified?

Executives see worsening work-life imbalance - Article
'I feel compelled to be constantly in touch with my work, including weekends and holidays, but you learn to live with this situation.' Sound familiar? Unfortunately, even though work-life balance is a hot topic, it increasing does not mesh with reality for many senior managers. The problem is that modern communications may allow less time in the office, but compel them to work around the clock.

Use of 'Conflict Minerals' gets more scrutiny from U.S. - Article
An iPhone can do a lot of things. But can it arm Congolese rebels? That is the question being debated by a battalion of lobbyists from electronics makers, mining companies and international aid organizations that has descended on the Securities and Exchange Commission in recent months seeking to influence the drafting of a Dodd-Frank regulation that has nothing to do with the financial crisis. Tacked onto the end of that encyclopedic digest of financial reform is an odd provision.

Mushrooms: Great in soups, salads and packaging - Article
Featured at NAEM's Corporate Sustainability Management conference, Ecovative showed how they are able to create cushioning for products ranging from Dell Inc. servers to furniture for Crate and Barrel out of mushrooms. The low-tech bio-tech offers simple and effective ways for manufacturers to green their packaging.

Job opportunities

Have an open position that you would like to include in the next E-News? Send it to Mike.

Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, Beckman-Coulter, Miami, FL
This position will partner with site business leaders to identify and reduce EHS risk and prevent injuries; and maintain, develop and improve the Environmental, Health and Safety programs related to field service associates and operations at several facilities in the Miami area. The EHS Manager will ensure these EHS programs are effective, efficient, and ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and company standards. Qualifications include BA/BS in Occupational Safety, I/H, Environmental, or related discipline and 5 yrs experience in a manufacturing/R&D environment, with CSP or CIH preferred. If you believe your education and experience are in line with the position description and qualifications referred to above, and are motivated, energetic, and looking for a new and exciting opportunity, please view the full job description and submit your resume online at Beckman-Coulter. Job #: 96414

Environmental Remediation Manager, Humboldt Bay Power Plant Decommissioning & Remediation Project - Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Eureka, Ca.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is looking for an Environmental Remediation Manager. PG&E's Environmental Remediation Department is responsible for cleanup of legacy sites impacted by past historic company operations or operations of our predecessor companies. The Environmental Remediation Department is one of 3 PG&E Environmental Departments supporting the company's ongoing work to decommission its nuclear and non-nuclear electric generating facilities at the Humboldt Bay Power Plant located in Eureka, California. This is a term position supporting a power plant decommissioning/remediation project with an estimated completion date of 2017. Some responsibilities include oversight and coordination/integration of environmental activities in support of decommissioning activities; the site environmental compliance management program; and planning/preparation for transition of the site over to Environmental Remediation upon completion of the decommissioning activities in 2016. Basic qualifications include a BA in engineering, 10+ years of experience in compliance and permitting relating to utility operations & maintenance. Desired qualifications include an MA in engineering or related discipline, 15+ years of relevant experience, experience with ISO 14001 and Lean Six Sigma training. CHMM/ CDOTHMT training. To learn more or apply, visit www.pge.com/careers. Reference requisition # 12001920.

Director, Corporate EH&S, Sensient Technologies Corp., Milwaukee, WI
Sensient Technologies Corp. has an excellent opportunity for an experienced environmental, health and safety professional to play a critical role in our growing, market leading organization. Successful candidates will provide leadership and expertise in EHS matters company-wide, while developing and managing relevant programs to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The selected individual will offer oversight to all facilities on environmental issues related to capital projects, production waste & emissions, facility audits and interactions with governmental agencies.  As a key member of the engineering department, the candidate will lead company-wide efforts to improve safety performance and training, while working to reduce worker injuries and associated costs. Candidates will also be expected to keep abreast of developments in the EHS field and any changes to laws and regulations that may impact the organization.

Safety VPP Program Manager, Amazon Corp., Seattle, Wash.
The OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) is recognition of excellence in a company’s Safety and Health program.  Companies that achieve OSHA VPP status means that their safety program exceeds minimum OSHA standards, their company’s leadership is committed to the reduction of workplace risks and their employees actively participate in their safety program. The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Manager will be responsible for the management of the current VPP site programs and application process for the Amazon Operations Corporate Safety program and application process for future VPP sites.  They will be responsible to build a relationship with OSHA and partner with OSHA to perform outreach safety events.  Some responsibilities include analyzing Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers Rate (DART) and both the TCIR and DART rates and compare against industry average and develop and executing a short-term and long-term strategy for obtaining OSHA VPP status for the NA network and complete all corporate safety program VPP applications, along with other relevant responsibilities. A BA in safety & health, applied ergonomics, or related discipline, 5+ years experience, experience with OSHA VPP Program is required.

SH&E Director, Undisclosed, Boston, MA
A global manufacturer of specialty chemicals has an immediate need to fill this position. The ideal candidate will be expexted to establish goals in relevant environmental areas of specialization and develop implementation strategies to ensure compliance and full integration with manufacturing and business goals and set performance standards to enhance compliance and achieve business and functional goals. S/he will also be responsible for establishing and maintaining the company's relationships with external authorities, government agencies, industry representatives, competitors, customers and other external parties. Minimum 15 years industrial experience in Environmental area of specialty, preferably in the chemical industry. For full job description and to apply, Dave Bushery

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

If you do not want to receive NAEM Network E-News, Unsubscribe. If you want to unsubscribe from all of NAEM's e-mail's, click here. Copyright (C) NAEM 2012. All Rights Reserved. NAEM. 1612 K Street, NW Suite 1002, Washington, D.C., 20006. (202) 986-6616

Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Green Tie Blog | NAEM Home | YouTube