CAPACCIO to present “Upcoming Changes to the ISO 14001 Standard” at SESHA NE/NY Mini-Conference Reply

On September 29 and 30, the New England and New York State Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association (SESHA) chapters are jointly sponsoring a mini-conference in Albany, NY at SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)/SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT). SESHA is the premier Environmental, Safety & Health association serving the high technology and associated industries and provides value to its members through ongoing education and professional development.

Among the presenters at the conference will be Daniel Forsythe, CHMM, TURP, RABQSA Auditor, Practice Area Leader for the Semiconductor and Electronics sectors at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. Mr. Forsythe’s presentation, “Upcoming Changes to the ISO 14001 Standard,” will walk attendees through the proposed changes detailed in the Draft International Standard (DIS), released for public enquiry in July 2014, and how they may impact your organization. One of the most noteworthy changes is the style of the standard itself, which is being written in accordance with Annex SL – a new high level structural framework that will be common across all management systems and will provide core text, common terminology, and core definitions. The proposed changes also reflect an overall shift toward tangibly improving environmental performance rather than simply improving the management system itself. The ultimate goal is for certified organizations to produce more fundamental ‘bottom line’ reductions in key environmental impact areas such as noise, gas, and water emissions.

For the complete agenda, directions, vendor information, sponsorship information, online registration and downloadable registration forms for this event, please visit: http://seshaonline.org/regions/ssabostonc/boston.php3

If you are unable to make it to SESHA, and want to learn more about the upcoming changes to the ISO 14001 standard, you may view CAPACCIO’s recent webinar recording on this topic.

http://www.capaccio.com/Resources/Event_Recs.html

We asked our webinar attendees the reason they wanted to attend our webinar, to which they responded:

Certified to ISO 14001:2004 & Want Info on ISO 14001:2015…..61
Have an Uncertified EMS & Exploring ISO 14001:2015 Certification…..23
Do Not Have an EMS and Have Limited Knowledge of ISO 14001…..18
Other Reason…..17

Based on the responses, the majority of our webinar attendees are already registered to ISO 14001 and were attending our webinar to gain more information on the forthcoming changes. Another great majority have an uncertified EMS and are exploring ISO certification for not only its value, but also from an EHS and financial standpoint.

CAPACCIO has worked with a number of our clients to develop and implement successful EHS systems and can provide guidance on how to prepare for these changes so your firm can be ready for certification. In regard to the upcoming ISO 14001 changes, conducting a gap analysis is the best first step in identifying what needs to happen for a company’s existing system to conform to the new changes.

For more information on ISO 14001/18001 or environmental, health and safety management systems or having a gap analysis performed for your company, please contact Dan Forsythe at 508.970.0033 ext. 135 or dforsythe@capaccio.com.

Federal NPDES Stormwater Annual Site Inspections Due by September 29 Reply

Have you conducted your Stormwater Annual Site Inspection? Companies with coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity must conduct an Annual Comprehensive Site Inspection by September 29, 2014. The period for the inspection is September 29, 2013 – September 29, 2014. The annual comprehensive site inspection includes an inspection of the areas where industrial activity may be exposed to stormwater, and a review of corrective actions taken during the reporting period. The Annual Reporting Form (Appendix I of the MSGP) must be mailed to the EPA within 45 days after completion of the inspection.

The 2008 MSGP expired at midnight on September 29, 2013. Facilities that obtained coverage under the 2008 MSGP prior to its expiration are automatically granted an administrative continuance of permit coverage. The administrative continuance will remain in effect until a new permit is issued. Those facilities already covered under the 2008 MSGP must continue to comply with all of the requirements in the 2008 permit, including requirements for monitoring and reporting.

EPA expects to reissue the MSGP in September 2014. A draft MSGP was published in the federal register on September 27, 2013. All facilities that want coverage under the MSGP, including those with administrative continuance under the 2008 MSGP, will then need to submit NOIs for permit coverage. Please visit EPA’s website to download the proposed permit and fact sheets. http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/msgp.cfm

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Colleen Walsh at 508.970.0033 ext. 129 or cwalsh@capaccio.com or Travis Wheeler at 508.970.0033 ext. 115 or twheeler@capaccio.com.

MassMEDIC and CAPACCIO to host free webinar on MedTech Environmental Disclosure, Questions and Scorecards Reply

massmediclogoOn April 30 from 12 noon to 1 p.m., MassMEDIC and CAPACCIO are presenting a free EnviroForum Webinar: MedTech Environmental Disclosure, Questions and Scorecards: A Manufacturer/Supplier’s Role.

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4950487689854705410

The healthcare sector has had on‐going initiatives to practice environmentally sustainable purchasing and it has looked to group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and suppliers for support in this effort. The medical device industry is a part of that supplier network that provides healthcare organizations and GPOs with environmental sustainability information through vehicles such as questionnaires and scorecards.

During the webinar on April 30, we will discuss Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, common obstacles for suppliers, what’s coming in the near future, the Kaiser Permanente scorecard for medical products, and how manufacturers and suppliers can help.

The session will be moderated by:
Linda Swift, Senior Associate and Practice Area Leader for the Biotechnology, Life Science and Medical Device Industries at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.

The presenters are:
Beth Eckl is Director of the Environmental Purchasing Program for Practice Greenhealth. She provides consulting, education, and training services on environmental purchasing to purchasers in health care systems and hospitals and works closely with Group Purchasing Organizations. Beth has over 20 years of environmental purchasing experience both as a consultant, leading implementation of purchasing strategies with over a dozen government agencies, and as a manager of one of the earliest programs in the country to include environmental criteria in the supply chain process.

Vanessa Lochner, Director of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) at Kaiser Permanente (KP), is responsible for providing strategic direction, and the operations management of the EPP program. In this key role, Vanessa works with KP’s Finance Operations organization in collaboration with its GPO, to identify enterprise‐wide EPP opportunities linked to improving the environment for its workforce and members.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For more information on the webinar, please call Linda Swift at 508.970.0033 ext. 119 or lswift@capaccio.com.

Enforcement Discretion Extended for New Dischargers not currently covered under MSGP2008 Reply

CAPACCIO recently received the notices in the link below from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Notices extend the date that EPA will use enforcement discretion for companies that have a new stormwater discharge and are not covered under the Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) that expired September 29, 2013.The date has been extended out to the end of September 2014, HOWEVER, new dischargers need to take some actions to meet the enforcement discretion conditions:

1. Eligibility-Meet the MSGP 2008 eligibility criteria
2. Prior Notification-Prior to discharge, notify the EPA of operator status and intent to operate in accordance with MSGP 2008
3. Compliance-Meet obligations of MSGP 2008
a.Develop a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
b.Install Best Management Practices
c.Perform SW monitoring, if necessary
d.Conduct Site Inspections
e.Implement corrective actions
f.Meet Sector-Specific Criteria
g.Submit appropriate reports to EPA

Here’s the link to the memos-

http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/sw_msgp_naa2014.pdf

For more information, please contact Travis Wheeler at 508-970-0033 ext. 115 or twheeler@capaccio.com.