Gray is the New Green Blog Series #2: The Caped Crusader Returns! Reply

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Lucy Servidio donning the Super TURP Cape in 2012

It was six years ago that I was in Australia speaking to the Western Australian Cancer Council about the benefits of Toxics Use Reduction planning. CAPACCIO was asked to be the keynote speaker and present industry’s perspective and approach to TUR planning.  I remember feeling I had to share examples of both practical and amazing success stories so that those attending the conference would be motivated to “take-off” on their own TUR journeys and reap the benefits that we have seen from working on TUR Plans with our clients. How would I capture their attention…what would make them believe me…that’s where the “Cape” comes in…I came up with the “SUPER TURP cape” to have a schtick for my presentation… the truth is the folks who organized the conference said when they first saw me in the cape they thought “Who is this wacko we flew in from America”?  See, I got their attention! All in all, I was well received and helped spread the TUR Planning seed to the lower hemisphere.

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CAPACCIO’s visit with the South Korean delegation on April 13

So CAPACCIO was thrilled when we were approached by the South Korean Ministry of Environment recently to meet with a delegation of 22 representatives from the ministry and corporations including Samsung, LG Chem, and Hyundai to discuss our experiences in developing TUR plans for our clients. South Korea will be enacting a TURA-like regulation which will become effective in 2019. They have decided to implement this regulation to reduce the amount of chemical accidents and to improve worker safety and health. They chose to visit us because CAPACCIO has six TUR Planners, more planners per square inch than any other firm in Massachusetts!

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Bongwoo Shin and Lucy Servidio

When the delegation arrived, our panel of TUR Planners was ready for their questions. It was so cool to be speaking to businesses from across the globe and realize how much we have in common and how much we can learn from each other. We made a real connection…for example, CAPACCIO’s mission is “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper.” LG Chem, one of the delegates’, mission is “Balance between Business and Safety, Health and Environment,” which of course is very similar.  We sealed the new friendship when the Director of the Chemical Safety Management Team, from the Ministry of Environment, Bongwoo Shin, asked if he could don the official “Super TURP cape”. Others tried it on too. Who knows maybe a purple cape will lead to CAPACCIO helping with TUR Plans in South Korea! As I have said                                                                 before, “It’s hard to say no to a SUPER HERO!

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

 

ISO 45001’s Purpose is to Improve Health and Safety Performance – But It Takes Some Planning Reply

As you may know ISO 45001 is here!  It was finalized and published in March of 2018.  But what is 45001?  It is an ISO standard for health and safety management systems (HSMS’s) that is designed to help organizations maintain a safe and healthy workplace, prevent ill health, manage an organization’s occupational health and safety (OHS) risks and opportunities, and continually improve the organization’s OHS performance.

Why is that important?  Along with certification to ISO 14001:2015 (ISO’s environmental management standard), certification to ISO 45001 serves as a commitment to the sustainability of the organization, its workers and other interested parties (e.g., investors, the local community).  This transparency of an organization helps to demonstrate its intentions and strategy in how the business conducts itself.  A commitment to OHS (occupational health and safety) carries a lot of weight with attracting talented workers, responsible customers, shareholders and others.

Now that ISO 45001:2018 is published, OHSAS 18001:2017 is being withdrawn, and organizations will no longer have the opportunity to become newly registered to the previous health and safety standard.  Organizations currently registered to OHSAS 18001:2007 have up to three years to transition to ISO 45001.  Organizations wanting to be newly registered will now only be able to register to the new ISO 45001 standard.

For those organizations that are already certified to ISO 14001:2015, many of the requirements you need should be in place for 45001 already – as the requirements for an EMS (environmental management system) are much the same as for an HSMS (health and safety management system).

If your organization is interested in forward thinking and seriously addressing its risks and opportunities in the area of OHS, it’s time to start planning how and when to get certified.

Tips on how to approach certification…

  • Be sure to obtain management commitment – without it the HSMS will fail (and it’s one of the requirements of the standard-See Element 5 of the standard).
  • Study the standard – look at what you have in place and what you need to put in place.
  • Set a schedule for the registrar to come in and audit your management system for certification. Your plan for certification should include a timetable that is reasonable for your organization.
  • Prepare, prepare, prepare – it’s not wise to wait until the last minute.

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. has the tools and experience to help you identify what you already have in place and what you need.  We can also help you develop the system,  implement it, and get your organization ready for the certification audit.  After your organization is certified, we can also help you to maintain your management system as well.

Stay tuned to the Capaccio’s Blog and eBlast communications for an announcement about upcoming training sessions regarding ISO 45001:2018.

Contact Linda Swift,  CHMM, TURP, Exemplar Global Provisional Auditor, at 978-621-6433 with any questions you may have or assistance you may need regarding ISO 45001:2018.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

 

 

 

Cristina Mendoza To Lead Solutions Design Team at CAPACCIO Reply

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Cristina Mendoza

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Cristina Mendoza from Environmental Scientist to Solutions Design Lead. Aligning with CAPACCIO’S mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper” and its overarching goal of delivering high value total solutions to our clients, Cristina will play a key role applying her knowledge in EH&S, Sustainability and Management Systems as well as her experience utilizing CAPACCIO’s custom tools, web applications, and cloud-based solutions to develop strategic solutions which advance our clients’ EH&S and other programs.

In this realm, Cristina recently completed a project which enabled a client’s ability to facilitate Corporate Sustainability Reporting through the GRI standard using CAPACCIO’s EHS DashboardTM product as its vehicle. This solution is just one of the projects Cristina and the CAPACCIO team can customize to meet our client’s needs and objectives.

A rising star at CAPACCIO, Cristina began as an Intern back in 2013 while she completed her senior year at Clark University and pursued her Masters in Business Administration. In 2015, in a full-time role as an Environmental Scientist, Cristina became an effective contributor to a variety of projects, and her strong background in sustainability quickly became an asset to the growing interest and level of projects in the area of corporate sustainability. In 2016, when Cristina was promoted ES-2 Level, she became a Project Manager as well as Technical Lead for CAPACCIO’s Sustainability and Management Systems service areas. Her new role will combine her collective expertise to identify, craft, and deliver high value solution designs which align with our clients’ core business drivers and boost the individual as well as the organization’s overall objectives and performance.

Other professional successes include being active on the Leadership Committee of the Environmental Business Council’s (EBC’s) Young Environmental Professionals Committee and serving as an active contributor and leader for Associated Industries of Massachusetts’s (AIM’s) Sustainability roundtable seminars for several years. Most recently, Cristina also received EBC’s Ascending Leader Award.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

 

Capaccio educates delegation from South Korea on Toxics Use Reduction planning Reply

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The South Korean delegation and Capaccio TURP planners celebrate a successful meeting with a banner designed by the delegation

Marlborough, MA – Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. was delighted to host a delegation of business and environmental leaders from Seoul, Korea at our offices in Marlborough last Friday. The stop at Capaccio was part of the groups’ tour of the United States and Canada to learn about best practices for chemical safety and the reduction of toxic substances. Toxics Use Reduction has become a focus for this group as South Korea will be enacting similar regulations to the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction regulations.

Capaccio was chosen by the Ministry of Environment Korea to sit down with the group due to our expertise with the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) regulations and for our long history of developing Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) plans for a variety of clients in a variety industries. We also employ the largest staff of certified TUR Planners at one company in the state.

start-of-meeting.jpgDuring the meeting, Capaccio’s TUR Planners shared their expertise, best practices, industry examples, and techniques with the South Korean participants through their translator. The exchange between Capaccio and the delegates was very rewarding for both sides, and culminated with a picture outside with a banner designed by the Korean delegates.

lucy and capeThe group enjoyed wearing Senior Vice President, Lucy Servidio’s, Super TURP cape, which she had made when asked to present industry’s perspective on practical solutions to reducing toxics in the work place at a forum sponsored by the Cancer Council of Australia in Melbourne,  Australia in 2012.

Capaccio’s TUR Planners assist a variety of companies and industries with researching and identifying TUR options applicable to their operations, and evaluating technical, economic, social, and regulatory feasibility of options which will reduce the use of hazardous substances. We can also perform a check-up on how previously selected TURA options are working, and which ones may need a reexamination to help you reach TUR goals. Capaccio has a solution to help you manage your data (be it for reporting or to managing other EHS data).  Email Alexis Dallaportas or call her at (508) 826-1789 to learn more about TUR options, or how Capaccio’s EHS DashboardTM can help you manage your data for future reporting.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  To learn more, visit us at www.capaccio.com.