Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Compliance: Proactively Mitigating Errors

When creating a HACCP program, there are a number of important components that are sometimes overlooked or aren’t fully implemented. Certification auditors will note these errors, which may prevent your business from achieving the certifications that you need.  Below are some of the most common errors and what you can do to mitigate them: Mistake […]

Sustainability Reporting and Environmental Compliance

Organizations think about taking the leap into global reporting for sustainability but aren’t sure where to begin or what any of the jargon means. Organizations of all sizes are interested in helping with the sustainability movement but have a hard time navigating the plethora of resources available online. Organizations don’t necessarily want to spend a […]

Five Steps to Organizing Compliance Activities – Making a Breeze out of Obtaining Certifications, Passing Inspections, and the Due Diligence of Expanding Operations

Organizing compliance activities and their associated documents is key to confidently, efficiently, and effectively passing both internal and external audits and inspections as well as preparing for operational expansion. Is this an existing company with years of compliance related documentation needing to be organized, archived, or disposed of? Is this a startup thinking of expanding […]

AISC Updates Steel Fabrication Standard

The American Institute for Steel Construction (AISC) has updated its steel fabrication standard, now titled Standard for Certification Programs 207-20, which supersedes the prior Certification Standard for Steel Fabrication and Erection, and Manufacturing of Metal Components 207-16. The new standard takes effect on June 1, 2021 and is available for download. A brief summary of […]

Changes to AWO Responsible Carrier Program

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has implemented changes in its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP). If your company is a participant in the RCP, it might be a good time to review your safety management system to ensure that you’re in compliance. According to The Waterways Journal Weekly, changes to the RCP include: AWO members may […]

Tire Dust Is Poisoning Coho Salmon

Last month, The Seattle Times reported that, in a paper published in Science magazine, researchers have identified an antioxdiant chemical used in tire rubber that causes deaths of coho salmon, particularly in the Puget Sound region: More specifically, a single chemical, 6PPD-quinone, derived from a preservative that helps tires last longer. Through painstaking analysis and […]

The Risks of Using Excel for Data Management

Many businesses use Excel to track, collate, and process data, and it’s easy to understand why. Excel is ubiquitous and is easy to use. Excel’s strengths, however, can also become serious risks. Last October, Public Health England lost 16,000 COVID-19 test results because of limits on the number of rows Excel can handle: A million-row […]

Alaska Construction General Permit Available for Review

If your business has coverage under the Alaska Construction General Permit for Discharges from Large and Small Construction Activities, you have an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed final permit that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will issue to succeed the current permit. The last day to submit feedback to DEC […]