EH&E Launches Affordable Web-based Compliance Support to Help Smaller Biotech Firms Reduce Risk and Improve Safety - Free Whitepaper Details Solution

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EH&E, a leading provider of health and safety and engineering consulting services, has introduced an environmental health and safety compliance support site to enable small and mid-size biotech companies reduce risk through better compliance management and direct access to industry experts.

EH&E, a leading provider of health and safety and engineering consulting services, has introduced an environmental health and safety compliance support site to enable small and mid-size biotech companies reduce risk through better compliance management and direct access to industry experts.

The affordable knowledge-based solution, called “eH&E–Biotech”, enables smaller organizations to successfully manage complex environmental health and safety (EH&S) compliance programs, involving federal, state, and local regulations, without a large safety staff.

“All biotech firms are required to meet complex regulatory compliance requirements from a variety of governing sources. Larger firms employ full-time professional staff to manage their responsibilities. Smaller firms cannot afford the expense or dedicate the manpower to do so,” said Jack McCarthy, President and co-founder of EH&E.

For Masha Ushomirsky, Safety Officer for Peptimmune, a biotech company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, eH&E–Biotech acts as a virtual assistant.

“The eH&E–Biotech site is a perfect blend of support functions for my health and safety compliance program,” Ushomirsky said. “It provides a single, easy to use interface for my entire program that is accessible to the company. It is also completely customizable and not rigid like other software programs. I can adapt the templates, data displays and tools to fit my company’s very specialized needs. And perhaps the most valuable aspect to me is the peer support I receive from EH&E. It’s just great to be able to get all my questions answered, no matter how technical, by a single source.”

eH&E–Biotech provides that resource, giving much of EH&E’s compliance expertise to smaller organizations through a web-based portal, and in a very affordable way. The solution provides a complete outline of a comprehensive compliance management program, and includes tools, databases and document templates to facilitate easy program development and maintenance. A self-audit tool provides a launching pad for assessing the current program status and customizing the site contents to the organization. Moreover, eH&E–Biotech provides direct access to EH&E’s experienced team of EH&S professionals and engineers.

Microsoft-based, Web-enabled

eH&E–Biotech is built upon Microsoft Windows SharePoint, a powerful web-based project collaboration tool, thus allowing users to easily customize and integrate the eH&E–Biotech application with all their Microsoft Office products, including Outlook.

eH&E–Biotech features:

  •     Over 50 document templates for required documentation, including the Chemical Hygiene Plan, Emergency Action Plan, Biosafety Manual, Radiation Safety Manual and Lockout/Tagout Program and Procedures.

  •     Over 15 databases that can be easily customized, including Chemical Inventory (with 5,000 chemical library), Permit Tracking, Fume Hood and Biosafety Cabinet certifications, Hazardous Waste Manifest Tracking, and Employee Safety Training.
  •     Over 20 templates for labels and signs.
  •     Auto-notification via email of upcoming deadlines such as permit expirations, and refresher training.
  •     Access via email or phone to expert advice on a wide variety of compliance and health and safety issues.

Options include web-based training modules covering a variety of topics. Each module includes a self-test and completed training is automatically logged in the Training Database.

For more information or to download the free whitepaper, Environmental Health and Safety Compliance in Biotech Companies: Common Deficiencies Encountered During Audits, visit http://www.eheinc.com/Pitfalls_EHS_Audit_Whitepaper.htm.

About EH&E

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 18 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients. Our new series of eH&E web compliance solutions is just the latest example of our continuing effort to provide this knowledge and information to a wider range of companies.

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