NAEM Network E-News

Nov. 29, 2012

This week's management quote

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." – Alan Kay (1940-), American computer scientist


  1. BP banned from U.S. government contracts
  2. Drought forces Midwest firm to ponder drier future
  3. Solar radiation database updated by NREL
  4. False claims in sustainability reports
  5. Burt's Bees closes loop on hard-to-recycle plastic
  6. Cooking up the top 7 kitchen safety tips
  7. Job Opportunities
NAEM Benchmarking Report

NAEM’s new Report on EHS & Sustainability Staffing and Structure comes out November 30th. With over 190 respondents, this is the largest and most in-depth report of its kind. Order your copy today and see how your organization’s staffing, structure, salaries and budget compare! The report also documents the scope of EHS responsibilities, including the evolving role of the EHS manager in the execution of corporate sustainability initiatives.

Upcoming 2012 NAEM Events

NAEM Webinar
Overcoming the Unique Challenges of International Staffing
Dec. 11, 2012, 1 - 2 p.m. (ET)
Whether you are in EHS, human resources, operations or any other function, this webinar will feature information vital to your company's ability to do business.
Register today!

NAEM Conference
2013 EHS and Sustainability Software conference
Feb. 26-27, 2013
Learn how companies are using data management systems to track compliance metrics, mitigate business risks and report sustainability results externally.  This is the only conference where you will see live software demonstrations by the EHS and sustainability leaders who selected and use these systems on a daily basis.
Register today!

And now the news

BP Banned From US Government Contracts - Article
It's an extreme tale, but also a reminder for companies that pursue contracts with the US governments: Two weeks after agreeing to pay $4.5 billion to settle charges, BP has been blocked by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from contracts until it can prove it meets U.S. government business standards

Drought Forces Midwest Firm to Ponder Drier Future - Article
While companies in the Great Lakes region and other parts of middle America long counted on water being cheap and plentiful, they now realize they must conserve because finding new water sources is difficult and expensive — if it can be done at all.

Solar Radiation Database Updated by NREL - Article
If you are considering doing a rooftop feasibility study for a solar installation, you'll want to make sure you have the most accurate information available. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and collaborators released a 20-year updated version of the U.S. National Solar Radiation Database, a web-based technical report that provides critical information about solar and meteorological data for 1,454 locations in the U.S. and its territories.

False Claims in Sustainability Reports - Article
Just as you pour vast quantities of time and energy into create a sustainability report, there are legions waiting to dissect and interpret every byte of information. The author of this article questions the degree to which the public can place it’s trust in the voluntary disclosures of companies and also wonders if having a good framework is enough to get the job done right.

Burt's Bees Closes Loop on Hard-to-Recycle Plastic - Article
Burt's Bees has partnered with Preserve to spur collection of #5 plastics from lip balm tubes and caps, while providing raw material for consumer goods. The partnership will recover plastics from Burt's Bees Lip Balm, Tinted Lip Balm and Lip Shimmer products, and use them to create goods including toothbrushes and razors.

Cooking Up the Top 7 Kitchen Safety Tips - Article
Whether you're preparing a fancy holiday spread or making an everyday meal, protect yourself and your family by following these seven kitchen safety tips.

Job opportunities

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

Remediation Senior Specialist, Buckeye Partners, St. Louis, Detroit or Chicago
Buckeye Partners is looking for a Remediation Senior Specialist. The ideal candidate hired will be asked to ensure that Buckeye conducts business in compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations focused primarily on, but not limited to, the areas of environmental liability management. S/he will also be asked to ensure consultants and contractors working on assigned projects comply with Buckeye's Contractor Safety Manual and other applicable policies/procedures (e.g., OQ). S/he will be tasked with providing functional guidance, environmental regulatory support, and emergency response expertise to support field operation, and will oversee emergency subsurface remediation issues. Travel is 20-30% of the job. Relevant degrees and at least 5 years of environmental Project Management experience expected. For full listing or to apply, contact

Division Director, EHS & Security, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is seeking a dynamic and accomplished EH&S professional to serve as the Division Director for Environment/Health/Safety/Security (EHSS). The EHS&S Division Director is responsible for providing leadership, information, technical assistance, policy development, and oversight that enables line management to maintain a safe workplace environment at the Lab, promote safety as an institutional core value, and insure that the Laboratory’s scientific/technical research activities including soft x-ray science, climate change and environmental sciences, matter and force in the universe, energy efficiency and sustainable energy, computational science and networking, and biological science for energy research are conducted in compliance with applicable policies and regulations. The EHSS Division Director will be tasked with directing and overseeing Waste Management, Radiation Protection, Environmental Services, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Security functions to maintain a safe, secure and healthy environment for Laboratory employees, guests and visitors in support of the scientific mission of the Laboratory. Bachelor’s degree with extensive experience in one or more related EHSS and/or technical discipline(s). Advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D. or Master’s Degree) preferred, 10+ years of experience and demonstrated superior achievement in EHSS disciplines or related engineering fields; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Board certification in a related professional discipline (e.g., CIH, CSP; CHP; PE) preferred. Experience in working for a contractor administering a Federal (e.g., GOCO) agency such as DOE, NASA or NSF highly preferred.

Senior Specialist, Environmental, Health & Safety, Cardinal Health Inc., Peabody, MA

Cardinal Health Inc. is looking for a Senior EHS specialist. The ideal candidate is will be asked to provide leadership and support to the distribution center and the business for implementation of programs and systems to comply with federal, state, and local EHS regulations and Company policies, strategies, initiatives and goals. Major areas of emphasis include: employee health and safety programs including ergonomic injury reduction and industrial safety, waste management, air emissions and energy monitoring. The EHS Specialist establishes systems for the monitoring of workplace safety risks and environmental impacts through the analysis of work processes, materials, equipment, and the work habits of employees and identifies potential or actual areas of non-compliance through audits or inspections, along with a myriad of other responsibilities. Bachelor's degree preferred in Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Chemistry, Biology, Physical sciences, or Environmental/Civil/Chemical Engineering required, along with 2-4 years experience, 3-5 years experience in EH&S management in industrial/manufacturing setting. To apply for this position visit Cardinal Health’s career’s website and search for job # 12010268.

Environmental, Health & Safety Manager, The Boston Beer Co., Cincinnati, OH
Boston Beer Co. is looking for an EHS Manager. The candidate hired will provide EHS leadership and support for the Cincinnati Brewery, Lead compliance, security, ergonomic and industrial hygiene programs across brewery, Strengthen site EHS culture through employee engagement, ownership and accountability and behavior-based safety efforts; support LEAN and other process improvement initiatives and demonstrate strong leadership skills as a member of site management team. S/he will also conduct compliance audits and reviews necessary to meet company and local compliance requirements to reduce risk liability and implement and execute Brewery EHS programs / processes to attain full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Four-year degree (BS/BA) in Environmental Engineering, Occupational Safety & Health, Environmental Science/Studies required along with a minimum of five years of EHS experience in industrial setting, regulatory agency. Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist (Comprehensive Practice preferred) and/or Certified Environmental Professional strongly preferred. Six Sigma Green Belt Certified (preferred)

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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