Register Now! MassMEDIC/CAPACCIO Webinar: Using Technology to Streamline EH&S Data Management Reply

Medical Device Companies: Join us for a free Webinar on Wednesday, December 3

Title: MassMEDIC Webinar: Using Technology to Streamline EH&S Data Management
Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/694302183

The year is coming to a close and that means it’s time to start gathering data for environmental, health and safety (EH&S) regulatory reports due in 2015. Have you set yourself up to easily have the data readily available for EH&S regulatory reports or corporate sustainability reports?

Medical device companies are required by federal, state, local, and even global EH&S regulatory agencies as well as non-governmental stakeholder commitments (such as ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001) to maintain EH&S records and monitor many aspects of their operations. These demands create an on-going challenge to organize, manage, and standardize all of the EH&S data. Harnessing the full potential of readily available technologies such as smart phones, tablets, and the cloud can make a significant difference in streamlining EH&S systems.

This webinar will provide examples of how available technologies can eliminate duplication, time-consuming data collection and analysis, and inefficiencies in communication of important information. We will also discuss some common data management challenges faced by medical device companies and share some of technologies and solutions that streamline these processes and additional systems that are being developed to assist with future needs. Lastly, we will provide an overview of the EH&S requirements which will affect Medical Device Companies in 2015.

Be ready for the upcoming year and its EH&S regulatory submittals, sustainability reports, and reports that show continual improvement of your environmental management system.

Presenters:
John Baycroft, Sr. Environmental Engineer, Solutions Coordinator, CAPACCIO
Linda Swift, CHMM, TURP, CET, RABQSA Auditor
Practice Area Leader for Medical Device Industry, CAPACCIO
Moderator:
Tom Sommer, President, MassMEDIC

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

For more information, please contact Linda Swift at 508-790-0033 ext. 119 or lswift@capaccio.com.

NEW OSHA Reporting Requirements For Employers Reply

Previously, employers had to report the following severe injuries to OSHA:

• All work-related fatalities
• Work-related hospitalizations of three or more employees

Starting on January 1, 2015, employers will have to report the following to OSHA:

• All work-related fatalities
• All work-related inpatient hospitalizations of one or more employees
• All work-related amputations
• All work-related losses of an eye

Fatalities must be reported to OSHA within 8 hours and the other injuries listed must be reported within 24 hours.

How to report an incident:
• Call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
• Call your nearest OSHA area office, during normal business hours (www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html)
• Report online (www.osha.gov/report_online)

For more information, please contact Bob King at 508-970-0033 ext. 113 or bking@capaccio.com.

Mass. DPS Announces Major Change to Hoisting Regulation Requirements for Forklifts Reply

The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS) has just announced a major change to its Hoisting Machinery Regulation (520 CMR 6.00).

As of November 14, 2014, companies operating industrial lift trucks and forklifts on private property are now exempt from complying with the requirements to obtain Massachusetts Hoisting Licenses for forklift operators (520 CMR 6.06) and for implementing an “In-Service Training Program” (520 CMR 6.07), as long as the general public does not have access to the company property. The DPS made this ruling in light of the fact that the current OSHA standard governing the use powered industrial trucks (29 CFR 1910.178) already requires the training of forklift operators and therefore preempts any state requirements.

The exemption only applies to the operation of industrial lift trucks and forklifts on private property. Companies operating other types of hoisting equipment on their property, such as cranes and hoists, are still required to comply with the licensing and training requirements of the regulation.

A copy of the Administrative Ruling is located here: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/consumer-prot-and-bus-lic/license-type/hoisting/in-service-training-and-company-property-exemption.html

CAPACCIO has been working closely with clients over the past year to provide guidance and assistance in complying with the confusing and somewhat controversial Hoisting Regulation. This recent change will bring welcome relief to those companies still struggling to come into compliance.

Any questions or comments you may have regarding these changes can be directed to Colleen Walsh at 508-970-0033 Ext. 129 or cwalsh@capaccio.com or Bob King at 508-970-0033 Ext.113 or bking@capaccio.com.

CAPACCIO highlighted for sustainability efforts in Greenhealth Magazine Reply

CAPACCIO was recently highlighted an article in Greenhealth Magazine, the official membership magazine for Practice Greenhealth, for its work assisting MetroWest Medical Center’s two hospitals in Framingham and Natick with gathering their sustainability data. CAPACCIO also assisted with submitting their award application which earned them a 2013 Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award. “Data gathering can be very time consuming and involved,” said Bill Potochniak, PE, Senior Associate at CAPACCIO. “That’s where somebody like CAPACCIO can come in. We almost act like a contract sustainability director. We handle tracking all that data. We do all of the legwork of getting the data. Plus, we have the staff of scientists and engineers to make sense of the data, and we might see trends that the average person might not see or someone in a hospital setting might not see. We can help identify areas for improvement.”

Read the full article at:

http://greenhealthmagazine.org/enjoy-the-data-dividend/

For more information, please contact Bill Potochniak, PE, at 508-970-0033 ext. 134 or wpotochniak@capaccio.com.