Specialty Technical Publishers (STP) and Specialty Technical Consultants (STC) Publish New Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Audit Protocol for the European Union

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Latest EHS Regulations Updates Assist Companies to Achieve EHS Compliance

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Specialty Technical Publishers (STP) and Specialty Technical Consultants (STC) announce the availability of the newly updated International Audit Protocol Consortium (IAPC) EHS audit protocol for the European Union. 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 now prepared by STC in partnership with STP and continue to focus on those national (plus, in some cases, regional or provincial) EHS requirements that have site-specific application for manufacturing operations. As a leading EHS management consulting firm with a global network of experienced EHS teaming partners, STC has indepth knowledge and technical expertise of local/regional EHS requirements.

STP and STC maintain leading-edge EHS audit protocols for more than 30 jurisdictions. The protocol documents are written in English and are available 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:

  • "Directive (EU) 2016/802 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 Relating to a Reduction in the Sulphur Content of Certain Liquid Fuels" repealed and replaced "Council Directive 1999/32/EC of 26 April 1999 Relating to a Reduction in the Sulphur Content of Certain Liquid Fuels." The requirements are not significantly different. However, it was clarified in the new Directive that a permit must be obtained if the sulphur content of heavy fuel oils in a combustion plan is greater than 1% by mass.
  • The requirements of "Directive 2001/80/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2001 on the Limitation of Certain Pollutants in to the Air from Large Combustion Plants" were repealed and transitional replaced with the requirements of "Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 on Industrial Emissions with full effect on 1 January 2016." "Directive 2010/75/EU" has been in effect since 7 February 2013. However, there was a transition period before it fully repealed "Directive 2001/80/EC."
  • "Directive 2014/34/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the Harmonisation of the Laws of the Member States Concerning Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres" repealed and replaced "Directive 94/9/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 March 1994 on the Approximation of the Laws of the Member States Concerning Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres with effect from 20 April 2016." The structure of the requirements is different in the new Directive. Facilities with the applicable equipment and protective systems will need to ensure that the equipment and systems have an EU declaration of conformity and a CE marketing and any other relevant documentation. The scope of coverage was amended.
  • "Directive 2014/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the Harmonisation of the Laws of the Member States Relating to the Making Available on the Market of Simple Pressure Vessels" repealed and replaced "Directive 2009/105/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 with effect from 20 April 2016." The structure of the requirements is different in the new Directive Facilities with pressure vessels will need to ensure that the vessels have an EU declaration of conformity and a CE marketing and any other relevant documentation. The scope of coverage was amended.
  • "Directive 2014/33/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the Harmonisation of the Laws of the Member States Relating to Lifts and Safety Components for Lifts" repealed and replaced "European Parliament and Council Directive 95/16/EC of 29 June 1995 on the Approximation of the Laws of the Member States Relating to Lifts with effect from 20 April 2016." The structure of the requirements is different in the new Directive Facilities with lifts will need to ensure that the lifts comply with the essential health and safety requirements, which are not significantly amended. The scope of coverage was amended. For example, the scope has been expanded to include safety components of lifts.

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

About Specialty Technical Publishers
Specialty Technical Publishers (STP) 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 Specialty Technical Consultants
Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc. (STC) is a specialized management consulting firm working to enhance environmental health and safety (EHS) performance. Through its consulting services, STC partners with clients to strengthen management systems' design and implementation, and identifies needs and implements solutions to meet business objectives. Services provided include: EHS compliance support; risk assessment; EHS auditing; corporate responsibility and sustainability; EHS management systems development and implementation; EHS regulatory information tools; and EHS training.

STC is certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Supplier Clearinghouse for the California Public Utilities Commission, and as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.

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