Register now for EBC New England’s panel presentation “The Evolving Role of the EHS Manager” Reply

Back by popular demand, the Environmental Business Council of New England will present The Evolving Role of the EHS Manager, a four program series which highlights panels of EHS Managers from companies and institutions from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. The first installment of the program will be Tuesday, June 9 from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm at McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A. in Woburn, MA and will feature four Massachusetts companies and institutions.

Lucy Servidio, Senior Vice President at CAPACCIO, will serve as Program Chair and Dr. Wayne Bates, CAPACCIO’s Vice President of Technical Services, will moderate the panel who includes:

•Dan Noberini, Director of HSE and Business Continuity, Novartis
•Kristine Lesso, CSP, Senior Director of EHS, Jabil
•Zehra Schneider Graham, Deputy Director EHS, UMass Boston
•Johanna Jobin, Director of Corporate Responsibility, EMD Millipore

The panel will share how their role has gone beyond managing EHS compliance and evolved into other areas including remediation, climate change, business continuity, facility planning, energy efficiency, performance metrics, sustainability, and more. The panel will help attendees better understand what EHS Managers have on their plate and what they may be looking for in terms of assistance or support at their facilities.

Program Details

Location: McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A. 300 Trade Center #7000 Woburn MA 01801 Date: Tuesday, June 9
Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration Fees
EBC Member: $120*
Non-Member: $165*
Government/Non-Profit: $25

*After 5:00 p.m. on June 8 and at the door, add $20.
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 8 for a refund. No-shows will be charged.

To register or learn more visit: http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-program-the-evolving-role-of-the-ehs-manager/?instance_id=#sthash.TxS7L5Kd.dpuf

Maintaining a Safe Environment of Care – conformance to Joint Commission Standards and avoiding accreditation citations Reply

Joint Commission accreditation is intended to ensure that hospitals provide the highest level of performance and service to their patients. The Joint Commission’s accreditation process seeks to help organizations identify and resolve problems and to inspire them to improve the safety and quality of care and services provided. The process focuses on systems critical to the safety and the quality of care, treatment, and services.

Joint Commission publishes a list of the top deficiency citations about every 6 months. The top ten citations for the first half of 2014 were recently highlighted in the December 2014 issue of the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society (NEHES) newsletter. One of the top ten citations is specifically related to management of hazardous materials and waste. The Joint Commission Standards include Environment of Care Standard EC.02.02.01, the management of hazardous materials and waste. This standard includes several elements of performance to ensure that hospitals are maintaining a safe environment for their patients, health care professionals, and support staff. Hospitals must be able to demonstrate that they do the following:

– Maintain a written, current inventory of hazardous materials and waste that it uses, stores, or
generates
– Have written procedures, including the use of precautions and personal protective equipment, to
follow in response to hazardous material and waste spills or exposures
– Implement its procedures in response to hazardous material and waste spills or exposures
– Minimize risks associated with selecting, handling, storing, transporting, using, and disposing
of hazardous chemicals, radioactive materials (radiation, x-rays), hazardous energy sources
(lasers, MRIs), and hazardous gases and vapors
– Minimize risk associated with disposing of hazardous medications
– Monitor levels of hazardous gases and vapors to determine that they are in safe range
– Have the permits, licenses, manifests, and MSDSs required for managing hazardous materials and
waste
– Label hazardous materials and waste, identifying the contents and hazard warnings

Demonstrating conformance to this standard includes compliance with several regulations, covering a diverse range of hazardous materials and hazardous waste sources, or “streams.” In addition, there is overlap among the many applicable regulations: OSHA, EPA, DOT, NRC, DOE, state regulations, and local bylaws.

In order to reduce risk, hospitals should consider getting a third party inspection, or audit, to assist on both compliance with applicable hazardous materials and hazardous waste regulations, and conformance to the Joint Commission Environment of Care standard. If you would like to find out more, please contact CAPACCIO’s William Potochniak, PE, at wpotochniak@capaccio.com or Jill Vernes, CHMM, TURP, at jvernes@capaccio.com.

CAPACCIO to present “Expanding Scope Of Quality Management Systems To Keep Up With Stakeholder Demands”at ASQ BOSTON Reply

On February 10, Lisa Wilk, PE, President and CEO, and Julie Muszalski, RABQSA ISO 14001 Provisional Auditor, Sustainability Professional, both of Capaccio Environmental Engineering Inc. will present “Expanding Scope Of Quality Management Systems To Keep Up With Stakeholder Demands” at ASQ Boston’s monthly meeting. ASQ, the American Society for Quality, is a non-profit professional society dedicated to quality improvement and to bringing the benefits of quality to both industry and the community. The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites in Waltham from 5:30 PM to 8:30 p.m.

The presentation will review current applicable standards as well as provide an update on proposed standards, including several new international management systems standards and guidelines. Specifically, the presentation will address QC 080000:2012, IEQC’s “Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components – Hazardous Substance Process Management System (HSPM); the new ISO 14001 Revisions; ISO 26000:2010 (Social Responsibility); ISO 22301:2012 for Business Continuity Planning; and ISO 45001, which will be the replacement for current OHSAS 18001 Occupational Safety and Health Management System.

Integrating these management systems will require both internal process controls as well as consistent external reporting to customers and other important stakeholders. This presentation will also discuss these challenges and explore opportunities for addressing these needs through the use of common elements of ISO management systems.

For more information on ASQ BOSTON or to register for the February meeting, please visit: http://www.asqboston.org/
For more information regarding the content of this presentation, please contact Lisa Wilk at lwilk@capaccio.com or Julie Muszalski at jmuszalski@capaccio.com.

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.