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Are you benefiting from an Environmental Management System yet?

Did you know that implementing an Environmental Management System into your business not only helps reduce your impact on the environment while improving operating efficiency, but also introduces many great benefits?

Who doesn’t want to:

  • Save Money    
  • Improve Environmental Performance
  • Boost Your Public Image      
  • Be More Competitive &
  • Better Manage Environmental Responsibilities

Let us help you develop the framework needed to implement an Environmental Management System into your business.

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Environmental Management System (EMS) Awareness

This training includes Audio Narration and covers the following topics:

  • What an Environmental Management System (EMS) is
  • Who is primarily concerned with an EMS
  • The ISO 14000 group of standards and the areas they cover
  • EMS under ISO 14001
  • EMS steps

Better yet, check out our 5 Course EMS Pack and SAVE 10% by bundling your training! With this convenient multi-course training, you’ll not only get an introductory into EMS, but also Auditor specifics such as:

  • What an internal EMS audit entails
  • How to determine if an EMS meets the goals of ISO 14001
  • Developing an EMS assessment
  • Developing audit procedures
  • Auditing method do’s and don’ts
  • How to begin the EMS audit
  • What steps to include when collecting data
  • Why data analysis is important
  • How to categorize findings and nonconformance issues
  • What information to include in the audit report
  • What steps should be taken to close findings (corrective/preventative actions)
  • And more!
2019 Technology

Learning and Development: What’s Trending for 2019

With 2019 now underway, we can reflect on our past year’s workplace performance and plan ahead for our future needs. “To any business, human capital is its greatest asset and the biggest key to achieving business goals. How can you better prepare your teams to perform in a highly competitive environment? Through training.

Learning and technology walk hand in hand. As high-tech innovations accelerate, so does the opportunity to create better corporate training programs and delivery methods.” Everyone from Managers to field employees need training to support professional development, individual skill growth and to ultimately meet overall business objectives.

According to Forbes, “[m]ore than ever, training is effectively providing skills that match the way we learn in a high-tech world.” Here are their top learning and development trends to pay attention to in 2019.

Seven Learning And Development Trends To Adopt In 2019

“1. C-suite and HR work together better to align goals.

The biggest mistake I see that keeps an organization’s learning and development efforts from reaching their full potential is a lack of planning and commitment from the C-suite. Leaders who don’t plan exactly what they want their training to accomplish are wasting resources. In a learning culture, management and HR work together to define the values, processes and practices that employees, departments and the organization can use to increase their performance and competencies. The knowledge and skills acquired and applied by employees is shared freely in a learning culture, creating a sustainable and adaptable organization.

2. Develop competencies for future organizational goals.

To maintain the continued health of your company, management must target employees who can take over future leadership roles. For current employees, immediately begin training on leadership development, communication and problem-solving skills. If they aren’t already, HR can target job candidates with leadership potential in all their talent acquisition efforts. Management can help develop future leaders and managers as soon as new employees enter the door by providing mentors and helping them build professional networks. Improving your leadership development program helps you build teams that are agile and capable of evolving with the times.

3. Emphasize communication skills.

As organizations become more diverse and broaden their reach, company leaders see the value in developing their employees’ soft skills, such as emotional intelligence, collaboration and negotiation. In fact, more than 90% of respondents to a 2016 Deloitte survey rated soft skills a “critical priority.” They also indicated that soft skills can foster employee retention, improve leadership and build a meaningful culture.

However, there is widespread concern among recruiters that the soft skills gap is widening with the technologically savvy but soft-skill-poor Gen Z employees entering the workforce. Learning and development personnel can overcome this challenge by offering soft skills training to employees and encouraging them to refine their social skills. An introduction to soft skills training may include holding brainstorm sessions where employees list the possible uses for various soft skills or helping them role play to discover different situational outcomes.

4. Increase the gamification of training.

There is a misunderstanding about gamification and training programs in the real world. Unwitting business owners will scoff at the notion of gamification because they believe it means turning their training programs into video games. Understandably, they feel that their critical and potentially life-saving OSHA-compliance training should not be equivalent to Donkey Kong. What they don’t realize is that gamification is simply a process of building a progressive reward system into training that imitates modern video games.

Badges, points, leaderboards and community involvement incentivize the online training experience for even the most jaded learner. Learners who lack the passion and drive to participate can use these tools as a springboard until their core motivation kicks in.

5. View training as an employee benefit and bait for talent acquisition.

Training can be a key differentiator between companies competing for talent. Employees want to work for organizations that provide personal and professional development, and they consider it a deciding factor when looking for new employment or determining if they should stay with their current employer. Learning and development plays a critical role in engaging — and retaining — employees. Leverage your training as an employee incentive, and add it to your existing benefits package alongside retirement and health and wellness options.

6. Weigh learner-centric against content-oriented training.

Training in the past that focused solely on content was “one size fits all,” which made it difficult to engage with the learner. Today, we must zero in on the learner, including his or her experience, work environment, performance and technological fluency, to create a training program. Any effective training program is one developed for the individual and offers social activities to share their experiences.

As you train, think of your employees as consumers. They are used to getting 500,000 results per search on Google, YouTube automatically playing related videos based on what they’ve just watched, and Netflix suggesting content matches based on viewing pattern algorithms. For the learning consumer, training clips on your YouTube channel, a classroom training session, a MOOC (massive online open course) or a post shared on Facebook Workplace are elements that can be turned into learning content.

7. Digital and mobile content and delivery are more critical than ever.

According to a 2018 study by LinkedIn, the biggest challenge for talent development is getting employees to make time for learning. Employees would agree that they don’t have the time to take away from their primary jobs to get the training. Delivering your training on multiple platforms, such as classroom, mobile and on-demand, can help eliminate the time crunch for busy employees.

These seven learning and development trends provide a good indication of where the training industry is heading. It is about personalization, ongoing support and making the most of today’s cutting-edge technologies. It also gives your employees the incentives and social interactions they need to actively engage.”

Is training a priority for you in 2019? Your company may depend on it. Remember, our cloud-based training offers environmental and safety courses at your convenience, available 24/7 wherever you go – even on your mobile devices. Keep track of your completed courses, performance and earn points and badges for your successful accomplishments. Voice over narration, instructional videos and knowledge checks are all available to ensure you are understanding the material provided. Maintaining your compliance has never been easier. View our training catalog now to get started.

To view the full Forbes article, click here.  

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Kudos to Alaska DOT!

Big kudos go out to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, a loyal client of our ECATTS’ government division since 2007!

November 30th’s intense 7.0-magnitude earthquake north of Anchorage left buildings and roads in a devastating shamble. In a matter of days, Alaska DOT had made managed to make major road repairs leaving people in awe of their quick response and recovery.

Before and after photos show the damage and repair to an off-ramp connecting International Airport Road and Minnesota Drive in Anchorage. This work was completed in less than four days and reopened for use.

earthquake damage

The DOT’s work is not complete though. The majority of work will continue and be redone in the summer to ensure long-term sustainability says a Department spokesperson.

To read more about the repairs and plan, you can visit the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities website for earthquake damage assessment updates.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Envicomply.

Here’s to a successful and violation-free 2019!

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Happy Holidays from Envicomply!

During this holiday season, we want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for your support in 2018.

We hope that you, your families and your loved ones enjoy this season and take time to reflect, relax and recharge. All the best for success and happiness in 2019!

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Certified Connecticut UST Training Now Available

Big News!

Connecticut UST Class A/B Certification Program training has recently been added to our online course catalog.

Connecticut UST Training

This course has been reviewed and approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) and successful completion of this training will award UST Class A/B operator certification in the state of Connecticut.

This 9 module program covers important Underground Storage Tank information such as:

  • UST Operator Training Requirements
    • State requirements
    • Operator responsibilities
    • Facility and training record requirements
  • Underground Storage Tanks
    • What tanks qualify as USTs
    • Common construction materials
    • Product compatibility and requirements
    • Tank venting
    • Secondary Containment
    • Sumps
  • Spill and Overfill Prevention
    • Correct filling practices
    • Spill prevention equipment and requirements
    • Overfill protection devices
    • Prevention requirements
  • Release Detection
    • Automatic tank gauging (ATG) systems and regulatory requirements
    • ATG monthly leak tests
    • Inventory control and common problems
    • Monitoring devices
    • Groundwater monitoring requirements
    • Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR) and SIR reporting
    • Release detection requirements
    • Walkthrough inspections
  • Corrosion Control
    • Corrosion protection requirements
    • Cathodic protection, testing and recordkeeping
    • Interior lining
  • UST Financial Requirements
    • Demonstrating financial responsibility
    • UST financial responsibility categories
    • Required dollar amount of financial responsibility
    • Required scope of coverage
    • General recordkeeping/reporting requirements
    • When coverage is no longer necessary
  • Temporary and Permanent Tank Closure
    • Tank registration
    • Closing a tank temporarily and permanently
    • Closure records
  • Emergency Response
    • UST release response
    • Identifying and responding to suspected releases
    • Short and long-term actions
    • Spill containment materials
    • Steps to follow when responding to a petroleum spill
    • Spills reaching water
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting
    • Importance of recordkeeping
    • Recordkeeping requirements

Plus much more.

Reduce your risk of noncompliance.

Get your Connecticut UST Class A/B Certification today.

Sentencing for Explo Systems execs in Louisiana Explosive Waste Disposal Case

Major case sentencing is in for Explo Systems executives. Interesting read about the dangers of noncompliance and what it can do to you, your business and the environment:

EPA and Law Enforcement Partners Announce Sentencing in Louisiana Explosive Waste Disposal Case

“DALLAS – (Nov. 30, 2018) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined law enforcement partners from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana, the Department of Defense, the U. S. Army, the Department of Transportation, the FBI, and the Louisiana State Police in announcing the sentencing of five defendants for their role in a case involving Explo Systems, Inc., a private company involved in the demilitarization of military munitions. Explo Systems’ mismanagement of military munitions resulted in a large detonation at a storage facility in Camp Minden, Louisiana, on October 15, 2012. The explosion damaged buildings in a four-mile radius, derailed 11 rail cars, and was felt up to thirty-five miles away. In addition, an investigation revealed that Explo Systems had illegally disposed of hazardous waste resulting in over $38 million dollars of cleanup costs to tax payers. 

“Through their reckless mismanagement of waste explosives, the defendants put the safety of an entire town at risk,” said EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Assistant Administrator Susan Bodine. “Today’s sentencing should send a clear message that EPA and our law enforcement partners will hold corporate officials responsible for violating laws designed to protect our communities and the environment.”

Explo Systems, Inc. is an explosives demilitarization and recycling company, which operated several facilities at Camp Minden, Louisiana, leased from the Louisiana Military Department (LMD). The U.S. Army awarded Explo Systems a contract on March 24, 2010 to dispose of 450,000 155mm artillery propelling charges designated as M119A2 for $2,902,500. The Army and Explo Systems officials later amended the contract on March 6, 2012 to dispose of 1,350,000 M6 propellant charges for $8,617,500. The contract required Explo Systems to properly store and dispose of the demilitarized propellant, which is a solid, granular, explosive material. The contract also required Explo Systems to document the sale of the demilitarized propellant by completing an End User Certificate (EUC). On the EUC, the purchaser of the demilitarized propellant certified the purchase and compliance with applicable federal laws, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. 

The defendants, all employed by Explo Systems, conspired from January 2010 to November 2012 to defraud the United States by submitting false EUCs to the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Center (JMC). Instead of selling the explosive material as indicated by the false EUCs, the hazardous waste was disposed of in unpermitted facilities, including public landfills, and improperly stored, which resulted in a large explosion and the evacuation of the Town of Doyline. Explo Systems illegally disposed of approximately forty-seven truckloads of reactive hazardous waste containing explosives to public landfills across Louisiana and Arkansas. Not only did officials at Explo Systems defraud the government about the disposal of the explosive material but they also moved and improperly stored propellant to hide the improper storage from government officials. Lower-level employees were instructed to hide and conceal improperly stored demilitarized propellant and reactive hazardous waste from government officials during inspections. The total costs paid by the taxpayers to ensure the proper destruction and remediation of the propellant and hazardous waste which EXPLO illegally stored on site exceeded $38 million.

For their role in a criminal conspiracy that led to the October 2012 explosion at Camp Minden, United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote presided over hearings and sentenced these five Explo Systems defendants: Co-owner David Alan Smith of Winchester, Kentucky; Vice President of Operations William Terry Wright of Bossier City, Louisiana; Director of Support Technology Charles Ferris Callihan, of Shreveport, Louisiana; Demilitarization Program Manager Kenneth Wayne Lampkin of Haughton, Louisiana; and Traffic and Inventory Control Manager Lionel Wayne Koons of Haughton, Louisiana. 

Through the diligent work of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and their state and federal law enforcement partners, including the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command – Major Procurement Fraud Unit (USACID-MPFU), the U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality – Criminal Investigations Section, and Troopers from the Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Unit, the defendants were held accountable for their actions which endangered communities, defrauded tax payers, and resulted in multi-million dollar hazardous waste cleanup sites across Louisiana and Arkansas.

For more information on today’s sentencing please see the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdla/pr/explo-officials-sentenced-roles-conspiracy-led-illegal-dumping-munitions-and-explosion”

Spotlight on Environmental Justice

Training Spotlight: Environmental Justice (EJ) Awareness

“Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” – epa.gov

The Environmental Justice movement continues to grow as communities strive for equality with environmental protection. Businesses and industries share the responsibilities in strengthening their participation in EJ, “green business” development, and sustainability. Is your business trained to understand the importance of the Environmental Justice movement as well as their participation efforts? If not, now is the time. And Envicomply can help with our Environmental Justice Awareness course.

This training serves as an introduction to Environmental Justice (EJ) and takes a look at the origins of the Environmental Justice movement, Federal actions to address EJ, how Environmental Justice is currently being addressed at the state and national level, and examples of environmental injustices globally and in the U.S.

Plus, you’ll also learn important basics like:

  • What is environmental justice, and why is it important
  • How environmental justice started
  • What are environmental justice communities and what are the dangers they face
  • How to include environmental justice principles in your daily life

Additional course media included:

Environmental Justice (EJ) Awareness Training

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November 15 is America Recycles Day

Today is America Recycles Day! You probably already know how to recycle common goods like paper, plastics, aluminum and glass, but what about batteries, used motor oil, tires, light bulbs and household hazardous waste items?

If you are already an avid recycler, great! That’s the first step. Next step is to ensure you are doing it correctly. Here are a few tips on how to keep up the good work with the ‘not so easy’ items:

Used Oil:

Never dump your used motor oil down the drain. Used oil is a hazardous waste that, even in small amounts, can contaminate our waterways and result in the pollution of our drinking water sources. Old motor oil can be refined, reconditioned or reprocessed to become usable again, so recycle it! The best places to recycle used motor oil and filters are your local service stations and auto shops.

E-Waste & HHW:

E-waste is the category for electronics and batteries, which require special handling with disposal. E-waste can be filled with toxic chemicals like mercury and lead that, if not handled properly, can leak into the environment.

Leftover household products like paints, cleaners and pesticides can contain corrosive, ignitable and toxic ingredients that should never be poured onto the ground or thrown out with regular trash. These household hazardous waste (HHW) products also require special care when disposing of them.

Did you know that many cities and counties will collect single-use batteries and household hazardous waste during their collection events? To see if you live in an area that participates in these cleanups, visit your city and county website. You can also look for in-store recycling bins to dispose of batteries.

Tires:

Discarded tires may carry disease-carrying pests or worse, tire piles can catch on fire. Most garages are required to accept and recycle your used tires when you have new ones installed. Some communities will hold collection events for used tires, so be sure to check yours.

Light Bulbs: 

Because Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) contain mercury, EPA recommends recycling options for CFLs and fluorescent bulbs. Find your local collection agency to drop off broken or used CFLs or visit a hardware supply store to see if they offer in-store recycling.

Recycling

But there is still so much more to learn beyond the basics.

Check out our Recycling Awareness training as today’s featured course:

Recycling Awareness

Here are some helpful resources to learn more about America Recycles Day and to search and locate recycling services and solutions near you:

https://www.epa.gov/recycle/america-recycles-day-2018

https://search.earth911.com