Enabling Complex Organizations Meet Shifting Requirements

Maintaining up-to-date chemical inventories, GHS-compliant hazard communication documentation and conformance with increasingly complex global regulatory obligations is no small feat, particularly for multi-national organisations. Finding the right combination of solutions, providers, and partners is crucial for the successful execution of a proactive compliance program.

From managing supplier data obtainment to supporting GHS-compliant SDS and label authoring to ensuring accurate waste and transportation classifications, 3E Company can deliver a comprehensive, cost-effective chemical management solution tailored to your unique compliance requirements. Our 25 years of global EHS compliance experience and award-winning suite of solutions enables us to seamlessly integrate into core workflows within world renowned third party platforms. Our integration with Airsweb, a UK-based leader in EHS, Risk and Compliance management solutions, further demonstrates our continued commitment to forming strategic alliances with select industry-leading system providers to deliver increased value to our combined global customer base.

Airsweb and 3E have collaborated to create a combined solution to promote seamless access to critical hazard communication documentation, substance-level regulatory content and chemical regulatory data across the organisation. Customers can now access our award-winning 3E Online®-SDS safety data sheet (SDS) management platform through Airsweb’s suite of health, safety and environment software solutions.

Airsweb users can seamlessly move from the MSDS module into 3E Online to view and access their SDS repository in any language from any location, worldwide. Providing a flexible, global solution for protecting your people, your assets, the environment and your reputation is central to the mission of Airsweb and a core reason for our collaboration.

A Solution for Increased Efficiency and Reduced Risk

The time, effort and expense required to chase down suppliers and keep SDSs up to date is a burden that leading companies are no longer willing to bear. In response, we have aligned to integrate 3E’s robust solutions and content with Airsweb’s modular, cloud-based EH&S management software, promoting compliance by facilitating the efficient exchange of safety and product data across organisations.

This joint solution can significantly improve GHS compliance by providing companies with automated retrieval of relevant SDSs in the language and jurisdiction required, 24-7-365. Users can not only access current SDSs and critical data attributes, they can utilise a variety of advanced features including labels, waste and transportation classification, regulatory reporting and a database of millions of GHS-compliant SDSs expertly obtained and maintained by 3E’s regulatory specialists.

With 3E and Airsweb you can rely on a single trusted resource for proactive compliance support. Our joint solution delivers:

  • A powerful integrated GRC software platform
  • Instant and efficient access to GHS-compliant SDSs for each chemical, material or product in your inventory
  • Increased efficiency by removing tedious, time-consuming manual processes involved in managing and updating safety data manually within disparate applications
  • Streamlined access to critical data attributes to support key features in the Airsweb platform
  • Live 24-7-365 3E EH&S Call Center support for SDS requests as well as emergencies including spills, inhalations and exposures
  • 3E’s industry-leading SDS database—the world’s largest
  • Increased workplace safety, reduced risk and improved compliance with regulatory requirements including GHS

Call today +44 (0) 151 289 6811 or info@airsweb.com

In the summer we will be hearing about the plans for the biggest energy tax reform for business. My recommendation is – act now – don’t wait!

The March 2016 budget highlighted a few areas including:

1) Abolishment of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme

2) Increase in Climate Change Levy (CCL) and rebalance of rates

3) No change to existing Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme until at least 2023.

4) No change to the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS)

So what else?

The Government has also announced that a new single reporting framework will exist. This will be consulted on in the summer and will combine the existing CCA, EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EUETS), ESOS and others into one framework.

So what does this mean for your business?

It is simple really. You will be required to combine all of your current carbon and environmental reporting schemes into one. In reality this is complex because as we all know through the implementation of the above schemes over the years; data exists in different formats, in different divisions, in different languages with different people. There lies the challenge in creating a single reporting framework.

So what is the solution?

As I see it you have two options (1) wait until the announcement is made and then decide what to do or (2) start now by proactively undertaking a data collection exercise and “gap analysis” of your business and highlighting the weaknesses in data collection.

My recommendation – don’t wait

Start to really understanding your business now by identifying the data gaps within. This will save you time and money in the future and assist the single frame transition. In addition and as a positive by product you will more than likely find that there are opportunities to save money by improving existing processes.

This is exactly the finding in the 40+ ESOS assessments I have just completed.

More about our Energy Expert:

Dr Stephen Finnegan is a University Lecturer and ESOS consultant at the University of Liverpool and an editorial board member on sustainability for the RICS

This Budget announces the biggest business energy tax reforms since the taxes were introduced, in response to the business energy efficiency tax review.

Dr Stephen Finnegan has drawn out from todays (Wednesday 16 March) budget announcements the key reforms to the energy taxes.

This will be followed up with an aritcle on how this will impact businesses.

Budget Energy highlights

To simplify the landscape and drive business energy efficiency the government will:

1) Abolish the CRC energy efficiency scheme (CRC) following the 2018-19 compliance year, ending a complex scheme with bureaucratic and costly administrative requirements. It will significantly streamline the business energy tax landscape by moving to a system where businesses are only charged one energy tax administered by suppliers rather than CRC participants being required to forecast energy use, buy and surrender allowances

2) Increase the Climate Change Levy (CCL) from 2019, to recover the revenue from abolishing the CRC in a fiscally-neutral reform, and incentivise energy efficiency among CCL-paying businesses

3) Rebalance CCL rates for different fuel types to reflect recent data on the fuel mix used in electricity generation, moving to a ratio of 2.5:1 (electricity:gas) from April 2019. In the longer term, the government intends to rebalance the rates further, reaching a ratio of 1:1 (electricity:gas) rates by 2025. This will more strongly incentivise reductions in the use of gas, in support of the UK’s climate change targets

4) Keep existing Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme eligibility criteria in place until at least 2023, ensuring energy intensive industries remain protected. From April 2019, the CCL discount available to CCA participants will increase so that they pay no more than an RPI increase. The government will ensure that these agreements deliver on their energy efficiency goals through a DECC-led target review starting in 2016

5) At Budget 2014 the government capped Carbon Price Support (CPS) rates at £18 t/CO2 from 2016-17 to 2019-20 to limit competitive disadvantage to British businesses. Due to the continued low price of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), the government is maintaining the cap on CPS rates at £18 t/CO2, uprating this with inflation in 2020‑21, in order to continue protecting businesses. The government will set out the long-term direction for CPS rates and the Carbon Price Floor at Autumn Statement, taking into account the full range of factors affecting the energy market.

More about our Energy Expert:

Dr Stephen Finnegan is a University Lecturer and ESOS consultant at the University of Liverpool and an editorial board member on sustainability for the RICS.

How Airsweb can help:

To find out how Airswebs Sustainability and Environment modules can help support you, call our team today on 0151 289 6811

Events and particularly music events require much planning and thought beforehand. In most cases it is recommended that a team is put in place to take control of this planning process [1]. The risks must be considered and solutions put in place. Paying extra attention to laws and legislations can ensure you are providing a safe environment for both workers and audiences alike. This includes The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Here at Airsweb we are constantly striving to create software that makes assessing risks and finding health and safety solutions easier and more effective.

We understand that every event and business is unique and that advice must be sought from other sources including the local authorities and emergency services. Below are just a few areas to think about when planning a music event.

Contractors

Having many contractors on site, can provide an issue where health and safety is concerned. Asking contractors to provide their own health and safety policies, as well as detailing where the risks may lie during their work can prove beneficial. Permit management can also be a complex process if paper based, especially when dealing with multiple contractors from multiple organisations. Before the arrival of contractors or outside workers to a venue, ensure there are clear safety policies and requirements and that these are communicated to and understood by all involved.

Access and Exit

Consideration needs to be taken for how your audience will both access and exit a music venue. Temporary traffic signs may be needed or event marshals to guide traffic to the correct location. When traffic then reaches your venue, the parking must be well thought-out in order to include both the audience’s individual vehicles, coaches, as well as artist and staff’s vehicles. [2] When planning any event, the entire customer journey must be thought about. Once visitors leave their vehicles, their journey on foot is still important. Ideally pedestrians should be segregated from vehicles access areas. If this is unavoidable, safe crossings and routes should be put in place.

Noise

Sound and particularly volume is obviously a huge consideration at any music event. High sound levels can present a risk to the audience. This is both because of the effect high volume may have on hearing and because of the high levels of vibration. It is a requirement of The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Noise at Work Regulations 2005 [3] that employers and event organisers protect both their workers and audience from noise and vibrations. Sound and vibration levels should be monitored during rehearsal, along with sound check and performances to ensure full control is kept and adjustments can be made.

Crowd management

In order to plan for crowds in any event there must be clear knowledge of numbers, types of staff or stewards on hand, how they will organise themselves and who is in command. Dealing with crowds is not about controlling people but rather about understanding crowd psychology and dynamics in order to manage them accordingly. [4] A risk assessment including an emergency plan and a first aid plan must be put in place to be prepared for crowd surges, injuries and other major incidents including crowd clashes with neighbouring sports and social venues.

Communication Management

Social media has risen astronomically at events in the last 3 years, acting as a ‘live feed’ for all activity from wedding proposals to updates on bar queues. However it is also an instant “panic button” if not measured, assessed or planned for. Managing social traffic at events is key to managing potential issues with crowds, possible incidents and ensuring all known issues are tracked and responded to.

This is just a small snippet of the areas that need to be considered for music events taken from Simon Garrett’s key note speech, Friday November 14, Airsweb User Conference.

Simon’s keynote on the “Risk Assessment of a Concert” was well received by Airsweb’s user community as they got to exclusively to hear from an expert on the key issues of risk management and health and safety processes surrounding music events.

For more information on how a risk assessment module can become an integral part of your QHSE programme click HERE or speak to a member of the team today on 0151 289 6811.

Lee Davies

Sources:

[3] http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/1643/contents/made

Over the years health and safety has received a bad reputation. There is a tendency for some organisations to use “health and safety” as an easy excuse in order to hide behind the real reason. HSE have made a start putting a stop to this [1] with their Myth Busters Challenge Panel a place where they dispel the myths that are giving health and safety a bad name. Below are just some examples of health and safety gone mad, taken from the HSE archive.

Graduate gate

Back in 2008 one university decided to ban the celebratory tradition of throwing the mortarboard on graduation day. This is a beloved photo opportunity by students across the world and to be denied this for fear of hurting oneself seems unreasonable. This opinion is seconded by HSE [2] who reiterate that there is no health and safety rule that prevents student’s throwing up their mortarboard in celebration.

Coffee conundrum

Imagine working in an office without tea; to most this is incomprehensible. Last year HSE flagged up a case [3] of a banned kettle denying the staff hot drinks on the grounds that it was a health and safety hazard. The particular issue was with carrying hot, “open topped” mugs across the office. HSE quite rightly claimed this as a “poor excuse” as there is no evidence this is a legitimate heath and safety issue.

Take out tales

When a burger van used health and safety as a reason for not cutting a customer’s burger in half, HSE felt the need to rally to put a stop to this sort of “unhelpful response” [4] and misuse of so-called health and safety rules. HSE confirms that there is no health and safety legislation that would prevent a trained catering profession from using a knife in this way.

Flag fiasco

During the action of the World Cup 2014, one London builder was left angry and jobless after one supposed health and safety risk. The builder was asked to remove an England flag from scaffolding because it was dangerous. HSE disagreed with this theory [5] as did the dedicated England fan who quit his job in protest.

Fun police

Once again health and safety is getting some undeserved bad press. One manager has removed a table tennis table from the office claiming it as a health and safety risk instead of owning up to the real reason that it is probably just a distraction from working. HSE assure us [6] that all is required when using a table tennis table in the office is a suitable location.

So, we hope we’ve changed your view of health and safety. It’s not about banning a good cup of tea or stopping a fun game of table tennis. We feel that professional adults should be treated as such, tasked with managing risks and making assessments, sensibly and responsibly. (Without needing a qualification in kettle boiling!)

Here at Airsweb we create analytical software that enables organisations to act sensibly around the subject of health and safety. This allows business’s to focus their efforts on finding real solutions to real risks rather than wasting time on these health and safety issues gone mad.

As your QHSE partner, Airsweb work in collaboration with you to find the perfect health and safety software solution that will allow you to focus on improving the lives of your workforce. Contact the team today on 0151 2896811 or email info@airsweb.com.

Do you have your own example of health and safety gone mad? Let us know @airsweb.

Sources:

[1] http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/index.htm

[2] http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2014/case309-university-bans-throwing-of-mortar-boards.htm

[3] http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2013/case146-office-kettles.htm

[4] http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2014/case303-burgervan-refuses-to-cut-burger-in-half.htm

[5] http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2014/case289-Builder-quits-job-over-removal-of-england-worldcup-flags.htm

[6] http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2013/case189-table-tennis.htm