Specialty Technical Publishers and AECOM Publish Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Audit Protocol for Quebec, Canada

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Specialty Technical Publishers (STP) and AECOM announce the availability of the newly updated International Audit Protocol Consortium (IAPC) EHS audit protocol for Quebec, Canada. Leading companies around the world use IAPC EHS audit protocols to understand the scope of their EHS regulatory obligations and rapidly collect, share, archive, and export audit findings in a cost-effective manner.

IAPC EHS Audit Protocols are prepared by AECOM in partnership with STP and focus on those national (plus, in some cases, regional or provincial) EHS requirements that have a site-specific application for manufacturing operations. With a leading global EHS management consulting practice, AECOM has in-depth knowledge of local/regional EHS requirements and a worldwide technical expertise network.

STP and AECOM maintain leading-edge EHS audit protocols for more than 30 jurisdictions. The protocol documents are written in English and are available on CD-ROM in MS Word, Adobe Acrobat and Excel formats, as well as through STP’s web-based portal or can be integrated into an existing company platform. Using the protocols’ custom templates and advanced functionality features, auditors can easily track audit findings and manage data over time to improve compliance, risk management and safety performance. In addition, STP’s formatting is compatible with leading risk management and sustainability platform providers.

Highlights of selected legislation covered in the newly updated protocol include:

  • Under Environment Canada’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reporting Program, a notice is published every year in Part I of the Canada Gazette outlining the GHG reporting requirements for the corresponding calendar year. There were no changes to the reporting requirements from those provided in the notice for 2013. The “Notice with Respect to Reporting of Greenhouse Gases for 2014,” published on October 11, 2014, applies to the 2014 calendar year.
  • Under the “Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999,” owners or operators of facilities that meet published reporting requirements are required to report to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). NPRI Notices are published for designated reporting years in Part I of the Canada Gazette. The most recent notice was published on July 12, 2014 for the 2014 and 2015 reporting years.
  • The “Canadian Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012” repeal and replace the “Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2005.” The new Regulations apply to any person who manufactures, uses, sells, offers for sale or imports any of the 22 toxic substances listed in the Regulations, or a product containing any of these substances. There are exemptions provided in the Regulations for the manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale or import of products where the substances are incidentally present and/or for the use of substances or products containing them in a laboratory for analysis, scientific research or as an analytical standard.
  • Quebec’s “Regulation RCG 08-041, Rules Related to Release into the Works of Sanitation in the Territory of the City of Montreal” requires a facility to have a discharge permit if wastewater discharges exceed 10,000 m3/year, or if they contain certain pollutants. While the previous regulation (“Regulation 87” (“Regulation 2001-9 CMM”)) was repealed on January 1, 2012, a discharge permit already issued under the previous regulation remains in effect under “Regulation RCG 08-041.”
  • Quebec’s new “Water Withdrawal and Protection Regulation” provides terms and conditions for authorizations for the withdrawal of water and prescribes certain standards for water withdrawals, water withdrawal facilities and facilities or activities that may affect the quality of water withdrawn in the vicinity. It ensures, in particular, the protection of water withdrawn for human consumption or food processing purposes.

For more information on all International EHS audit protocols offered by STP and AECOM, click here.

About Specialty Technical Publishers
Specialty Technical Publishers produces technical resource guides covering environmental, health & safety, transportation, accounting, business practices, standards and law, offering comprehensive guidance on key compliance and regulatory issues. STP is a division of Glacier Media Inc., a Canadian information communications company that provides primary and essential information in print, electronic and online media. Glacier’s Business and Professional Information Group publishes directories, technical manuals, research and development materials, medical education, electronic databases, investment information and specialty websites.

About AECOM
AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of client’s projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, had revenue of $19 billion during the 12 months ended December 31, 2014. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at http://www.aecom.com.

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