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Tuesday, June 12, 2007 Issue 17   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 17  
TOPICS
Industry Perspectives
Tips from the Experts
News, Events, Services
Products and Services
CONTENTS
A “Six-Step Process” to Investigate and Prevent Laboratory Accidents
Are You Ready for a Multi-media Environmental Audit?
New Focus on Hazardous Waste in the Pharmacy
EH&E’s Environmental Health & Safety Support Sites Make Compliance Management Easier
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Industry Perspectives
New Focus on Hazardous Waste in the Pharmacy
by Nanette Moss, M.S., C.I.H.

Recently, several hospitals and healthcare facilities have been cited by state and/or federal regulatory agencies for improperly disposing of pharmaceutical waste material. These citations have been applied to operations in both hospital pharmacies and patient care areas. EH&E has helped prepare many hospitals for inspections and has developed an outline that can be useful during the review process.


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Tips from the Experts
A “Six-Step Process” to Investigate and Prevent Laboratory Accidents
by Kevin Coghlan, M.S., C.I.H.

Laboratories are potentially dangerous work environments, and while proper training, engineering controls and administrative precautions can help to effectively manage risk, accidents can and do happen. Accidents, while unfortunate, present an opportunity to improve the performance of a laboratory safety program. EH&E has identified a six-step process for an effective laboratory accident investigation program.


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Are You Ready for a Multi-media Environmental Audit?
“Top Ten” Common Compliance Pitfalls in Healthcare and Laboratory Environmental Programs
by Casey Lucas

Environmental regulators are now consolidating their onsite inspection activities to include a review of a broad range of compliance areas in a single visit. This new approach, commonly known as a “multi-media audit”, allows regulators to inspect or review any and every aspect of your environmental program. EH&E has compiled a list of the top ten areas of environmental compliance found to be most vulnerable to inspections and citations.


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News, Events, Services

June 19, 2007 - EH&E hosted a morning-long workshop titled, "Managing Your Construction Project to Successful Completion." The goal of this workshop is to educate building project stakeholders on the key project management parameters that will ensure delivery of the building they purchased. If you would like to receive information on similar upcoming events, contact Kirsten Buchanan at KJBuchanan@eheinc.com.

June 21, 2007 - EH&E hosted a morning-long workshop titled, "Managing the Risks Associated with Mold During Construciton and Renovation." This workshop uses actual examples from case studies to teach you how to recognize conditions likely to promote mold growth, how to assess water damage and minimize material losses, and how to determine on-site whether mold contamination is likely. If you would like to receive information on similar upcoming events, contact Kirsten Buchanan at KJBuchanan@eheinc.com.

June 28, 2007 - Steven Bloom, M.S., Senior Scientist at EH&E will present "Understanding New EPA Healthcare Regulations: Cleaning Up Hazardous Waste Confusion." Environmental management programs and practices are under more regulatory scrutiny than ever, including a heightened focus on pharmaceutical waste. This 90-minute audio conference, sponsored by HCPro, will review environmental compliance in healthcare, including what areas inspectors are currently targeting. For more information, click here

July 21 – 25, 2007 – EH&E is sponsoring the CSHEMA (Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association) 2007 conference. Robert Foster, Director of Marketing, EH&E and Nancy Apple, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Mt. Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges will present "Case Study Review of an EH&S Support System Based on a Standard Microsoft Platform." For more information, click here.


 
For additional information on any upcoming event, please send an email request to Kirsten Buchanan
New Products and Services
EH&E’s Environmental Health & Safety Support Sites Make Compliance Management Easier

EH&E’s unique web-enabled solutions help hospitals, universities, and other businesses and institutions with complex compliance programs centralize and affordably manage the myriad of federal, state, and local environmental health & safety (EH&S) compliance regulations that they face.

Based on a commonly available Microsoft platform, these web-based EH&S sites enable the efficient management of documents and data through a single point of access. Each site includes tools, databases and document templates developed by EH&E experts to facilitate easy program maintenance. A compliance calendar tracks all routine requirements and can send email notifications if desired. And the sites provide direct access to EH&E’s experienced worldwide team of EH&S experts and engineers.  These support sites are completely unique in that they are based entirely on an open software platform, allowing the direct exchange of EH&S expert help without the typical rigid software interface.

EH&E’s support sites are now being used by more than 40 clients nationwide.  For more information on how you can directly access EH&E’s environmental health and safety expertise, visit
http://www.eheinc.com/ehe_web_solutions.htm.


 
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