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

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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 Japan. 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:

  • “Act on the Improvement of Energy Consumption Performance of Buildings [Law No. 53 of July 8, 2015],” as well as the supporting “Enforcement Regulation, Ministerial Order,” and “Cabinet Order” providing additional specifications regarding the requirements in the Act, were added to this Protocol. This legislation incorporates new requirements regarding building energy consumption performance.
  • Several significant updates were made to the PCBs section of this protocol due to amendments to the legislation regarding PCB waste requirements for “storing business entities” and “owning business entities.”
  • Amendments to the “Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health [Ministry of Labor Ordinance No. 32 of September 30, 1972; last amended by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Ordinance No. 29 of March 29, 2017]” resulted in new and updated requirements regarding preventing psychological stress and working at heights with rope.
  • Amendments to the “Industrial Safety and Health Law [Law No. 57 of July 8, 1972; last amended by Law No. 17 of May 7, 2015]” resulted in new and updated requirements regarding second-hand smoking at workplaces and risk assessment for chemicals at the workplace.
  • Amendments were made to the lists of “Specified Chemical Substances, Concentrations of Substances Required to Have Local Exhaust Ventilation, and Harmful Work Substances.” The new substances include ortho-toluidine, naphthalene, refractory ceramic fibers, and sulfuric acid, and in some instances include preparations containing 1 percent or more by weight of the substance. These amendments were made to the “Cabinet Order for Industrial Safety and Health Law [Cabinet Order No. 318 of August 19, 1972; last amended by Cabinet Order No. 60 of March 29, 2017]” and the “Ordinance on Prevention of Hazards Due to Specified Chemical Substances [Ministry of Labor Ordinance No. 39 of September 30, 1972; last amended by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Ordinance No. 29 of March 29, 2017].”
  • Amendments were made to the Class I and Class II Designated Substances list, which are now available online in English. The weblink has been provided throughout the protocol, as necessary. Amendments were also made to the Class I Specified Chemical Substances list. These amendments were made to the “Cabinet Order for Law Concerning Examination and Regulation of Manufacture, etc. of Chemical Substances [Cabinet Order No. 202 of June 7, 1974; last amended by Cabinet Order No. 52 of March 2, 2016].”

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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